Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha
|"Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha"|
|Single by Sam Cooke|
|B-side||"Little Things You Do"|
|Recorded||January 7, 1959
|Sam Cooke singles chronology|
"Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha" is a song by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, released in January 1959. The song was one of Cooke's biggest successes on Billboard 's Hot R&B Sides chart, peaking at number two; the song also charted at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song originated from a Christmas 1958 party at Lou Rawls' stepfather’s house. During the celebration, all began doing the cha-cha-cha, including Cooke’s daughter, Linda. When one of the kids called out, "Everybody, cha-cha-cha!", Cooke grabbed a sheet of paper and wrote down the lyrics while everyone else danced. The song was recorded the week after New Year's 1959.
The song concerns Cooke and his girlfriend going to a dance in which all are doing the cha-cha-cha, a dance which his significant other doesn't know how to do. Cooke teaches his guest but by the end of the evening, she is "doing [the cha-cha-cha]" better than he is.
- Sam Cooke – vocals
- Adolphus Asbrook – bass guitar
- Charles Blackwell – drums
- Jack Costanza – bongos
- Rene Hall – guitar
- Mike Pacheco – congas
- Clifton White – guitar
Charts and certifications
|US Billboard Hot 100||31|
|US Hot R&B Sides (Billboard)||2|