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Publication date
August 3, 1923
Language
English
ISWC
T-070.233.000-4 ISWC
Adapted from
Let the Church Roll On written by [Traditional]
Comments
"Sung in prisons all over the South, this song is probably of white origin" (Alan Lomax).

Noted by sociologist Howard W. Odum around 1905, he quoted a couple of verses in a book he published in 1911.

In its entirety, the song was first published in "Adventure" magazine, in a letter adressed to Robert W. Gordon, who conducted the column "Old Songs That Men Have Sung."
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Title Performer Release date Info
1926 First recording in May 1926
First release
1927
1929
1129 Blues (The Midnight Special) Romeo Nelson 1929 Unverified
October 1933
Stockade Blues Fiddlin' John Carson with Moonshine Kate and Peanuts Brown (Fiddlin' John Carson, Rosa Lee Carson) May 2, 1934 Unverified
1935
February 1941
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February 1952
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December 1954
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October 1955
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August 1956
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1956 Live
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October 1957
1957
Midnight Special Chilo's Skiffle Group January 1958 Unverified
The Midnight Special Rusty Evans (Rusty Evans) November 1958 Unverified
The Midnight Special Guy Carawan, Peggy Seeger November 1958 Unverified
1958
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1958
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1958
Midnight Special City Ramblers Skiffle Group (City Ramblers Skiffle Group) 1958 Unverified
The Midnight Special Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee) 1958 Unverified
Midnight Special The Shanty Boys 1958 Unverified
January 1959
August 1959
Big Midnight Special Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper and The Clinch Mountain Clan 1959 Unverified
January 1960 Hit song
March 1960
October 1960
1960
1960 Live
Midnight Special Red Hewitt & The Buccaneers 1960 Unverified
February 1961
May 1961
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1961
The Midnight Special Alex Campbell feat. Joe Locker (Alex Campbell [GB]) January 1, 1962 Unverified
April 1962
listen on Internet Archive September 1962 Live
1962
1962
1962
Midnight Special The Spotnicks med Bob Lander 1962 Unverified
March 1963
April 3, 1963
September 1963
1963
1963
1963
Special Midnight Special The Other Singers 1963 Unverified
The Midnight Special Dave Davani & The D-Men (Dave Davani) May 1, 1964 Unverified
May 1964
September 1964 Live
December 1964
1964
1964
Midnight Special Downliners Sect August 1965 Unverified
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April 1966 Released more than 10 years after its recording
April 1966
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September 1967
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August 1968
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November 2, 1969
1969
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1970 Medley
1970 Medley
Maggie / Mighty Man / Midnight Special (medley) Mungo Jerry January 21, 1971 Unverified
October 1971
Midnight Special C.C.C. Inc. (C.C.C. Inc.) 1971 Unverified
Midnight Special Leinemann 1971 Unverified
1973
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April 1978
December 1982
1982 Live
The Midnight Special Hans Theessink & Gerry Lockran (Hans Theessink, Gerry Lockran) 1982 Unverified
1983
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1985 Live
The Midnight Special Leejoe & the Paddock Band 1985 Unverified
1986
The Midnight Special Tommi [SA] 1986 Unverified
November 16, 1987
Midnight Special Nocna Zmiana Bluesa 1987 Unverified
1990
Midnight Special Kolumbus Kris 1990 Unverified
1992
1994
The Midnight Special Freddie "Fingers" Lee 1995 Unverified
listen on Internet Archive 1997
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1997
1998 Live
Midnight Special Danny Kyle 1998 Unverified
1999 Medley
The Midnight Special Ron Dante 1999 Unverified
January 18, 2000 Live
August 8, 2000 Live
2000
2000
Midnight Special E. Frank Murphy January 1, 2001 Unverified
The Midnight Special Gege & Soluna July 15, 2001 Unverified
October 16, 2001 Medley
2001
2001
The Midnight Special Konrad "Bones" Windisch 2001 Unverified
Midnight Special The St. Louis Ragtimers 2001 Unverified
The Midnight Special Alvin Lee January 23, 2002 Unverified
2002
2002
2002
2003
The Midnight Special Pepin Tre 2003 Unverified
July 5, 2004
2004 Released more than 10 years after its recording
2004 Live
2004
Midnight Special The Sunday Skifflers 2004 Unverified
2005
2005
The Midnight Special Johnny Mac January 25, 2006 Unverified
Midnight Special The Get Up Johns June 28, 2006 Unverified
July 2006
The Midnight Special 2002 Mischief Brew - Bread & Roses 2006 Unverified
July 2007
Midnight Special Quentin Prinsloo December 5, 2008 Unverified
2008
Oh, Lonesome Me Medley: Oh, Lonesome Me / This Is My Land / Midnight special / Pick A Bale Of Cotto… Berni Flint 2008 Unverified
June 18, 2009
The Midnight Special Curley David July 13, 2009 Unverified
August 2009 Live
2009
2009
2009
Midnight Special Beňa & Ptaszek 2009 Unverified
Midnight Special Nate Jaeger July 14, 2010 Unverified
The Midnight Special Charlie Kuchler June 17, 2011 Unverified
Midnight Special Mac Silva October 21, 2011 Unverified
2011
The Midnight Special Sandy Denny, Alex Campbell (Sandy Denny, Alex Campbell [GB]) 2011 Unverified
May 28, 2012
June 18, 2012
June 25, 2012
The Midnight Special Eugene Durkee III November 9, 2012 Unverified
2012
(Planet Music Studio Artists) 2012
Midnight Special Jimmy Ward and the Tropicals June 21, 2013 Unverified
October 28, 2013
The Midnight Special (Live) Sweet Honey in the Rock 2013 Unverified
May 6, 2014
November 28, 2014
Midnight Special Peter, Paul & Mary 2014 Unverified
The Midnight Special/Windchime Sharon Shannon & Alan Connor (Sharon Shannon, Alan Connor) 2014 Unverified
Midnight Special Matěj Ptaszek a Dobré Ráno Blues Band 2014 Unverified
January 13, 2015
November 6, 2015
Midnight Special Harold Bradley His Guitar and Orchestra August 10, 2016 Unverified
The Midnight Special The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band August 25, 2016 Unverified
The Midnight Special The Rusty Seesaws September 20, 2016 Unverified
September 23, 2016
October 2016
November 17, 2017
Midnight Special Miranda Louise, Big Mike Griffin & Jimmy Clarke (Miranda Louise) December 10, 2017 Unverified
The Midnight Special The Houghton Weavers 2017 Unverified
The Midnight Special Murry Rhodes March 12, 2018 Unverified
The Midnight Special Jørgen Sandvik March 16, 2018 Unverified
The Midnight Special Angel De Lange May 18, 2018 Unverified
July 2018
Midnight Special Wanda Cornelius & Myra Sollee October 1, 2018 Unverified
Midnight Special (feat. Hermon Hitson) C.D. Dangerfield feat Hermon Hitson (Hermon Hitson) October 19, 2018 Unverified
April 7, 2019
July 9, 2019
Midnight Special Zyde & Co July 24, 2019 Unverified
November 11, 2019
The Midnight Special Steve Hofmeyr 2019 Unverified
The Midnight Special Leo Deslauriers · Annika Chambers · Paul Deslauriers (Annika Chambers, Paul Deslauriers) August 14, 2020 Unverified
Midnight Special (feat. Eddie Sadler) Honeybee feat. Eddie Sadler February 12, 2021 Unverified
The Midnight Special The Paddle Project March 16, 2021 Unverified
Midnight Special Patricia Silverberg October 22, 2021 Unverified
April 22, 2022
The Midnight Special Relroc May 27, 2022 Unverified
The Midnight Special Eastwood Station June 8, 2022 Unverified
Midnight Special Capehart Music Treasury August 7, 2022 Unverified
The Midnight special Carl Sandburg Unverified

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