YOU SEND ME

Latest update on 22/12/2016

Artist: Sam Cooke
Author: L.C. Cooke
Label: Keen
Year: 1957

Specialty boss Art Rupe rejected this whole session (Summertime version and all) and sold it to Keen Records, a label around the corner. There it became n°1 US & R&B. The real composer was Sam, but since he owed Specialty another 8 sides, he credited his brother.

Covers:

1957:

Teresa Brewer [imitating Sam's version note for note]

1957:

Cornell Gunther [pre Coasters]

1957:

Jesse Belvin

1960:

Bobby Vee

1962:

King Curtis

1964:

Otis Redding

1968:

Aretha Franklin

1969:

Mavis Staples

1974:

Rod Stewart [in medley with Bring It On Home]

1976:

Steve Miller

1976:

Bonnie Bramlett

1978:

Nicolette Larson

1978:

Roy Ayers

1984:

Everly Brothers

1990:

Fairground Attraction

1992:

Dixie Chicks

1995:

Earth, Wind & Fire

1995:

Mary Coughlan

2012:

Rick Holmstrom

2016:

Cliff Richard

Clif White's comment, the guitarist on this original remembering the moment Sam first demonstrated it: "I thought it was the most ridiculous song I ever heard in my life. Simply because it wasn't saying anything. I mean, he just kept on singing, 'you send me', and I thought he was out of his fucking mind. I said, 'when is the song gonna start? I thought he was lost. I said, 'Hell, I think he forgot the words to his song'. (from Peter Guralnick's biography Dream Boogie - The Triumph Of Sam Cooke (Little, Brown & company).

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