On lp You Got My Mind Messed Up. Recorded with Dan Penn on backing vocals in the Royal Sound Studio (Hi). First choice American Studios was struck with a power cut-off. For another Dan Penn/Chips Moman original, see: Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.
Archie Campbell & Lorene Mann [hit C&W]
Flying Burrito Brothers [along with Do Right Woman, Do Right Man on The Guilded Palace Of Sin]
Clarence Carter [as Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street)]
Ry Cooder [instrumental]
Moving Hearts [on their lp Dark End Of The Street]
Mud Boy & The Neutrons [band of Jim Dickinson]
Dan Penn [coauthor]
Elvis Costello [outtake The Delivery Man]
"Everybody keeps asking me what's my favorite version of Dark End Of The Street. As if there was any other than James Carr's." - Dan Penn, coauthor. There's no greater compliment imaginable, considering the big names that covered it. Dan Penn lost his rights to Dark End Of The Street through gambling. And the winner was Quinton Claunch of Goldwax Records, who immediately put his new soul protégé James Carr on the job. No one brings the guilt across like him. Adultery is spelled all over this deep end of the dark street, as if the forbidden rendez-vous takes place in the very Hearbreak Hotel. James knows it's got to come out sooner or later: 'They're gonna find us, they're gonna find us'. Passion becomes monotonous routine and you can hear that in the solemn arrangement. It didn't take long finding appropriate music while carrying James Carr's coffin during his funeral.