ITK hears Wicker gave quite a humorous and long-winded intro to “Midnight Train to Georgia” writer Jim Weatherly. Wicker recalled how growing up he once played touch football with Weatherly, who was a quarterback at the University of Mississippi.

The musical guru revealed that the 1973 hit by Gladys Knight and the Pips was originally going to be titled “Midnight Plane to Houston,” based on a phone conversation he had with someone about jetting off to the Lone Star State. A record producer ultimately pushed that the lyrics be changed to the now-classic title.

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Utah governor calls Bannon a 'bigot' after attacks on Romney MORE (R-Utah) — who has penned several tunes over the years — introduced “Cry Me a River” songwriter Arthur Hamilton at the festivities.

House members who participated included: Reps. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnFormer Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report Google, Facebook and Drudge: What the new titans of media mean for America Learning from the states: Feds should adopt anti-pyramid scheme law MORE (R-Tenn.), Mel Watt (D-N.C.), Karen BassKaren Ruth BassThe nearly 60 Dems who voted for impeachment Sessions grilled by lawmakers from both parties Niger tragedy underscores the need for a coherent Africa strategy, answers MORE (D-Calif.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). 

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Sens. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsSenate passes tax overhaul, securing major GOP victory Top GOP senators say they have the votes to pass tax bill The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on Senate tax bill MORE (R-Kan.), Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissLobbying World Former GOP senator: Let Dems engage on healthcare bill OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ga.), and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State MORE (R-Ky.) were also eyed at the music-infused event.

Photo: (from left) ASCAP Board Chairman Paul Williams, Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerSenator predicts Congress will wrap up tax work in two weeks The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on Senate tax bill US warship collides with Japanese tug boat MORE, Sen. Tim KaineTimothy Michael KaineDemocrats turn on Al Franken Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Senate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank MORE/Courtesy: The ASCAP Foundation