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"Early in the Morning" is a song originally performed by The Gap Band and written by member Charlie Wilson and producers Lonnie Simmons and Rudy Taylor. It was released as a single in 1982 and went on to become their biggest hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 24, and also topped Billboard's R&B chart for three weeks.[1] The single also peaked at number 13 on the dance charts.[2]

"Early in the Morning"
Single by The Gap Band
from the album Gap Band IV
B-side"I'm in Love"
ReleasedApril 1982
LabelTotal Experience
  • Lonnie Simmons
  • Rudy Taylor
The Gap Band singles chronology
"Yearning for Your Love"
"Early in the Morning"
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"

The song became a hit again when Robert Palmer covered it in 1988. This version peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is to date the highest charting version of the song on that chart.

The song was used as the music for a film-making montage in Michel Gondry's 2008 film Be Kind Rewind.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 223.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 107.