|Single by The Mar-Keys|
|from the album Last Night!|
|Genre||R&B, instrumental rock|
"Last Night" is an instrumental recorded by The Mar-Keys. Released in 1961, it reached #3 Pop and #2 in the R&B charts in the United States. It also appeared on Last Night!, the first LP released by the Stax label.
The song is in a 12 bar blues form, with brief stops, where Floyd Newman intones "Last Night" before the saxophone solo, which is followed by Newman intoning "Oh!!!!!! Yeah!!!" before the last three choruses, including the pauses, before the song's fade.
According to Steve Cropper, in an interview with Paul Nassari of the Sunday Mail newspaper (Adelaide, Australia), "Jerry Lee 'Smoochy' Smith came up with the piano riff that was played on organ. Since [producer Chips] Moman didn't want a guitar on it for whatever reason, I wound up playing the hold-down on the organ on the root note. "It hurts me in the Mar-Keys history when people say I wasn't in the Mar-Keys because there's no guitar on Last Night but I have to differ with them."
During the 1960s, "Last Night" became the title tune for the French radio show "Salut les Copains on Europe 1.
The tune was covered by Georgie Fame on his 1966 Sweet Things album and by the jazz ensemble The Bum Notes for the closing credits of the BBC sitcom Bottom in the early 1990s. It was also used as the backing music to "Viaduct", a game played on the Chris Moyles radio show.
The music was also used in the legal comedy-drama Ally McBeal (1999, episode "Sideshow", second season).
The Ventures released a version on their 1963 Dolton album The Ventures Play Telstar and the Lonely Bull, BST 8019.
Laurel Aitken & The Soulmen released a 45 single version in 1966.
Ace Cannon opened his 1967 album Memphis Golden Hits with his version.