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Bring It On Home to Me

"Bring It On Home to Me" is a 1961 soul song written and recorded by R&B singer-songwriter Sam Cooke. The song, about infidelity, was a hit for Cooke and has become a pop standard covered by numerous artists of different genres. It is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Cooke's recorded version has Lou Rawls singing responses as an uncredited background singer.

This song is considered by many historians of soul music to be the founding, or at least definitive soul song, as it provides the formula that is still popular today. Cooke's live version of this song that he performed in Miami, from the album Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963, can be seen as his personal vision of what soul music should be, owing to the texture and emotion conveyed through his vocals that night, and that were probably standard in Cooke's near-nightly shows in primarily black clubs.

Covers

The most significant covers of the song include the hit versions by

Chart performance

Sam Cooke version

Year Chart Position
1962 Black Singles Chart #2
1962 Pop Singles Chart #13

The Animals version

Year Chart Position
1965 Pop Singles Chart #32
1965 UK Singles Chart #7
1965 Canada #7

Eddie Floyd version

Year Chart Position
1968 Black Singles Chart #4
1968 Pop Singles Chart #17
1968 Canada #24

Lou Rawls version

Year Chart Position
1970 Black Singles Chart #45
1970 Pop Singles Chart #96

Mickey Gilley version

Year Chart Position
1976 Country Singles Chart #1

Notes

References

  • Heylin, Clinton (2003). Can You Feel the Silence? Van Morrison: A New Biography, Chicago Review Press ISBN

1-55652-542-7

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