"Twistin' the Night Away" is a song written and recorded by Sam Cooke. It was released as a single in 1962 and became very popular, charting in the top ten of both theBillboard Hot 100 (#9) and Billboard's R&B chart (#1),.[1] "Twistin' the Night Away" was successful overseas as well, peaking at #6 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song was recorded with The Wrecking Crew as session musicians, including Rene Hall as band leader, Red Callender on bass, Earl Palmer on drums, Tommy Tedesco and Clifton White on guitars, Ed Beal on piano, John KelsonJohn Ewing and Jewell Grant on saxophone and Stuart Williamson on trumpet.[2]

The Shins titled their third album Wincing the Night Away in an apparent reference to the song.

The song was also covered by the Motown group, the Marvelettes. Their version of the song appeared on the 1962 album, The Marvelettes Sing Smash Hits of 1962.

The song was covered by Hutti Heita as a dark psytrance track in 2009.

Cooke's version also appeared in the 1978 classic Animal House, the 1987 film Innerspace,[3] and the 2011 film The Green Hornet.


 [hide*1 Rod Stewart cover

Rod Stewart cover[edit]Edit

"Twisting the Night Away"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Never a Dull Moment
B-side "True Blue" / "Lady Day"
Released 1973

1987 (re-recorded version)

Recorded 1972

1987 (re-recorded version)

Genre Rock and roll

3:13 (album version)

4:10 (1987 re-recording)

Label Mercury
Writer(s) Sam Cooke
Rod Stewart singles chronology


Twisting the Night Away


"Oh! No Not My Baby"


In 1973Rod Stewart released his version as a single from his album Never a Dull Moment. This version achieved marginal success, peaking at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1987, he re-recorded the song for the soundtrack to the film Innerspace. When released as a single in the Summer of 1987, this version hit #80 on the Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]Edit

  1. "Twistin' The Night Away" - 3:15
  2. "True Blue" - 3:29

1987 Re-recorded version (from the film Innerspace)[edit]Edit

  1. "Twistin' The Night Away" - Rod Stewart - 4:10
  2. "Let's Get Small" - Jerry Goldsmith - 5:57


Chart (1973) Peak


Canadian Singles Chart[4] 76
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 59
Chart (1987) Peak


Canadian Singles Chart[6] 54
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 80

Divine cover[edit]Edit

"Twistin' The Night Away"
Single by Divine
from the album Maid in England
B-side "A Divine Good Time"
Released 1985
Format CD singleMaxi single
Genre Hi-NRGhouse
Label Proto Records
Writer(s) Sam Cooke
Divine singles chronology
"Walk Like A Man" (1985) "Twistin' The Night Away"


"Hard Magic"


Divine covered "Twistin' The Night Away" and released it as the second single from his album Maid in England in 1985.

Track listing[edit]Edit

  1. "Twistin' The Night Away (Dance Version)" - 6:53
  2. "Twistin' The Night Away (Instrumental)" - 6:10
  3. "A Divine Good Time" - 3:52


Chart (1985) Peak


UK Singles Chart[7] 47

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