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"You Send Me" is a 1957 single by R&B singer-songwriter Sam Cooke. The song was his first secular single released through Keen Records, an imprint of RCA Victor Records. His first non-gospel single, "Lovable," was released earlier that year under a pseudonym. Released in October of 1957, the record became an instant hit, topping the charts on both the Billboard Pop and R&B singles charts. The record established Cooke as a mainstream R&B singer, apart from his gospel roots.

At the same time a rendition was also released by Teresa Brewer, which reached #8 on the pop charts.

Acclaim

Since its release, the song has become a landmark record of the soul genre, which Cooke helped create. It was named as one of the 500 most important rock and roll recordings by the Rock & Roll Hall of Famemarker. In 2005, the song was voted #115 by representatives of the music industry and press in Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Covers

The song has been covered by a number of artists, including Nat King Cole, The Drifters, The Everly Brothers, José Feliciano, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Percy Sledge, Van Morrison, Steven Houghton and the Steve Miller Band. In the United Kingdommarker, Rod Stewart released this song as part of a medley with "Bring It on Home to Me" and charted it on the UK Singles Chart at #7 as a double A-side with "Farewell".

Chart performance

Teresa Brewer version

Year Chart Position
1957 Pop Singles Chart #8


Sam Cooke version

Year Chart Position
1957 Black Singles Chart #1
1957 Pop Singles Chart #1
1958 UK Singles Chart #29


Aretha Franklin version

Year Chart Position
1968 Black Singles Chart #28
1968 Pop Singles Chart #56


Credits



References

  • Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964. Abkco Records, 2003. Los Angeles, California.



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