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Sunday 13 September 2015

Single Song Sunday

This Sunday we are keeping it mellow with Sam Cooke's classic "You Send Me". Sam wrote it himself but gave the writing credit to his brother L.C. Cook, allegedly in order to stop his record company nicking his share of the royalties.

Sam's original was a hit in 1957. In the US a "white" version was recorded Teresa Brewer, as was standard practice in those days when there was a reluctance to play "black" records on "white" radio stations, but fortunately good taste prevailed and it was Sam who got the number one hit. Teresa has not made the cut today either.

Many of the names below will be very familiar to you so I won't go through them all, but  you may not know Sam Butera (a Louis Prima protege who released his version in 1960) or the Ponderosa Twins Plus One (a soul group from Cleveland for whom this was a minor hit in 1971). Swamp Dogg has been round since the beginning of time but only released his version on his recent album, "The White Man Made Me Do It". Pam Hall provides the Mandatory Reggae Version.

"You Send Me" - Sam Cooke

"You Send Me" - Aretha Franklin

"You Send Me" - Otis Redding

"You Send Me" - The Ponderosa Twins Plus One

"You Send Me" - Swamp Dogg

"You Send Me" - Percy Sledge

"You Send Me" - Sam Butera & The Witnesses

"You Send Me" - Pam Hall

You are not getting any video clips of "You Send Me". Instead I am taking the opportunity to plug my new favourite musical fusion in all the world - Japanese cajun music (with two lady rub-board players!). Take it away, Zydeco Kicks.


  1. That video is almost, almost, as good as today's Pimba act on the tv program Total Summer,: a bloke with one of those keyboards you hang over your shoulders like a guitar, a woman with white thigh-length boots, and another female wearing an even skimpier outfit with fringes.