Cooke's producers had asked him to write a song for a girl they had seen on a Perry Como TV show — but once they heard her sing, they kept "Cupid" for Cooke to do himself. It was Cooke's idea to drop in the sound of an arrow being fired "straight to my lover's heart."
In 1980, along with Michael Zager's "I've Loved You For a Long Time" the song was covered in a medley by The Spinners. This version went to number four on the Hot 100, thus becoming the highest charting version on the Hot 100, and number five on the R&B chart.
^Paul Johnson (2011). Guardian Books, ed. The Bedside Guardian 2011. ISBN978-0852652657. "Her posthumous reputation ultimately rests on even less than that: one 11-track album, and a scattering of covers — the Zutons' Valerie, a reggae take on Sam Cooke's Cupid"