Hold On, I'm Comin'

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Hold On, I'm Comin'
Studio album by Sam and Dave
Released April 1, 1966
Recorded 1965–1966
Genre Soul
Length 32:04
Label Stax/Atlantic
Stax 708
Producer Jim Stewart [1]
Sam and Dave chronology
Hold On, I'm Comin'
Double Dynamite
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Hold On, I'm Comin' is the 1966 debut album by Atlantic Records soul duo Sam and Dave, issued on the Atlantic-distributed Stax label in 1966.

The album reached number one on the Billboard Black Albums chart and number 45 on the Billboard 200, launching three charting singles. The title track peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, and at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody" ranked number eight and number 21 respectively, while "You Don't Know Like I Know" peaked at number seven and number 90. An Allmusic review refers to Hold On, I'm Comin' as epitomizing "Memphis soul in all its unpretentious, down-home glory".[3]

Background on "Hold On, I'm Comin'"[edit]

According to Steve Cropper, lead guitarist for Booker T and the MG's, the Stax Recording Studio played a key role in the creation of the title track, Hold on, I'm Comin'. Stax Records was an old Movie Theater located at 926 East McLemore Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. The men's restroom in the theater-turned studio had tile walls and tile floors. To produce reverb and echo a speaker from the studio was placed in the men's room to pipe the sound into the men's room; and a microphone was placed in the men's room to return the sound back to the recording studio. This arrangement produced both the reverb and echo heard on Stax Records. One night, as Sam and Dave were recording, Dave had to stop and make a trip to the men's room. When Dave took a little longer than what Isaac Hayes thought was necessary, he yelled at Dave to "hurry up!". Dave heard him on the speaker in the men's room and replied, "Hold on; I'm coming". With a few additions this became the title track of the album, and a hit for Sam and Dave.

Track listing[edit]

Except where otherwise noted, all tracks written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Hold On, I'm Comin'" – 2:36
  2. "If You Got the Loving" (Steve Cropper, Hayes, Porter) – 2:33
  3. "I Take What I Want" (Hayes, Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, Porter) – 2:33
  4. "Ease Me" – 2:25
  5. "I Got Everything I Need" (Cropper, Eddie Floyd, Alvertis Isbell) – 2:56
  6. "Don't Make It So Hard on Me" (Floyd, Willa Dean "Deanie" Parker) – 2:45

Side two[edit]

  1. "It's a Wonder" – 2:53
  2. "Don't Help Me Out" – 3:09
  3. "Just Me" (Randall Catron, Mary Frierson, Parker) – 2:40
  4. "You Got It Made" – 2:33
  5. "You Don't Know Like I Know" – 2:40
  6. "Blame Me (Don't Blame My Heart)" (Cropper, Isbell) – 2:22


Cover versions[edit]

Aretha Franklin recorded the song for her 1981 album Love All the Hurt Away.

In August, 2007 soul singer Guy Sebastian recorded a tribute version of Hold On, I'm Comin at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee for his album of soul classics The Memphis Album with many of the original Stax music band members including Steve Cropper, Donald Duck Dunn, Lester Snell, and Steve Potts.

Another cover version was recorded by Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers in 1966. Tom Jones covered it on the 1967 album 13 Smash Hits.

Many other artists have covered this song, including: Bryan Ferry, Solomon Burke, The Chords, Eric Clapton/BB King, Marvin Banks, Michael Bolton, the Weather Girls, King Curtis, George Benson, Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Martha & the Vandellas, Dexy's Midnight Runners, the Boogie Kings, Bruce Springsteen, and Precious Wilson (Eruption).

Pop Culture[edit]

Hold On, I'm Comin' was featured during a scene in the film The Blues Brothers, along with the song Soothe Me, also performed by Sam and Dave. It was also featured in the 2007 film American Gangster. The cover by The Neville Brothers was featured in commercials for the film Toy Story 2.

A goof/errata was created in the film We Were Soldiers where one of the characters sang it during a going away party for their unit. The time period of the scene was at least five months prior to the song actually being released.


  1. ^ Hold On, I'm Comin' (album) at Discogs (list of releases)
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Henderson, Alex and Jurek, Thom. Review for Hold On, I'm Comin'. Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-3-30.