Maria Muldaur (born September 12, 1943) is an American folk-blues singer who was part of the American folk music revival in the early 1960s. She recorded the 1974 hit song “Midnight at the Oasis”, and continues to record albums in the folk
“Midnight at the Oasis” is a 1973 song written by David Nichtern. It was recorded by the singer Maria Muldaur for her self-titled album and is her best-known recording, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1974. Billboard ranked it as the No. 13 song for 1974. It was also nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 17th Annual Grammy Awards, held in 1975.
The song is a saucy, teasing offer of a desert love affair, in a fantasy setting that owes more to Rudolph Valentino sheik movies than to real Middle Eastern deserts. Allmusic reviewer Matthew Greenwald describes the song as “so sensual and evocative that it was probably one of the most replayed records of the era and also may be responsible for the most pregnancies from a record during the mid-’70s”. Some of the lyrics are doubtlessly suggestive (e.g., “let’s slip off to a sand dune … and kick up a little dust”; “you won’t need no camel … when I take you for a ride”; “Cactus is our friend. He’ll point out the way.”) But the tone is playful throughout. “Midnight” features a 1970s-defining instrumental bridge, particularly memorable for the guitar work of Amos Garrett.