It’s night time in the big city

A Brinks truck pulls up in front of a bank

A man makes a promise he’ll never keep


“Why did it take us 78 shows to do one as obvious as the subject of night?”

Singers and Songs

  • All Night Long
    “…A saxophone player who joined the band at age 16. The band leader hired him because he had the right color suit, he could read the charts pretty good, and he said he could be at the train station at 7 AM. The same way I choose a band.”
  • Dr. John
    Such a Night
    “Whenever I listen to Dr. John I can almost smell the night blooming jasmine.”
  • The Drifters
    Another Night With The Boys
  • LeRoy Carr
    When The Sun Goes Down
    “Sounds just like Love In Vain by Robert Johnson. Robert recorded it 8-10 years later, but he must have heard that record. You play the two back to back and it’s remarkable. There’s nothing new under the sun – or in honor of tonight’s show, under the moon neither.”
  • Fred Astaire
    The Way You Look Tonight
  • Willie Nelson
    Night Life
  • In The Night
    “What always kills me about this record is that every time I listen to it I’m totally convinced that the background singers are singing ‘Shoebox.’ Doesn’t make any sense, but that’s what I hear. Shoebox. You be the judge.”
  • Buddy Holly
    Midnight Shift
  • Zuzu Bollin
    Why Don’t You Eat Where You Slept Last Night
  • Night Time
  • In The Night
    “I got nothin’ to say about him, we told you about him before, and you know how to look him up in Wikipedia. That’s where he lives – Wikipedia, Louisiana.”
  • The Latin Playboys
    Forever Night Shade Mary
    “Most of these songs started out in the still of the night in David’s kitchen on a beaten up four track recorder, and it sure sounds like it. And I mean that in the best possible sense.”
  • Black Night
  • Kris Kristofferson
    Help Me Make It Through The Night
    “The only man I know who could write a song for Janis Joplin and then act with Barbara Streisand.”

Other People and Players

Other Songs and Albums

Record Labels


  • Nashville
  • West Germany
  • New England
  • New York
  • Armstrong, Australia
  • Texas
  • Hutchinson Junior High School
  • Oxford
  • The British Empire
  • Bolivia
  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • New Orleans
  • (The extremities of) Iceland
    “If you’re listening up there, try to keep warm and I’ll see you tomorrow night.”
  • Russia
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Greenland
  • Alaska
  • The Arctic Circle
  • The Northern Hemisphere
  • Sampson’s Diner
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Books and Poems

Movies and TV Shows

Other Plants

“Like all creatures of the night it’s about time for me to scurry back to my cave. But we’ll be back again next week with another theme, and anecdotes and tales to tantalize and delight.”