Hold On, I'm A Comin'

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This article is about the song by Sam & Dave. For the album by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, see Hold On, I'm Coming (album).
"Hold On, I'm Comin'"
Single by Sam & Dave
from the album Hold On, I'm Comin'
B-side "I Got Everything I Need"
Released March 1966
Format 7" single
Recorded 1966
Genre Soul, rhythm and blues
Length 2:35
Label Stax/Atlantic
Writer(s) Isaac Hayes
David Porter
Producer(s) Jim Stewart
Sam & Dave singles chronology
"You Don't Know Like I Know"
"Hold On, I'm a Comin'"
"Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody"

"Hold On, I'm Comin'" (officially registered song title with album Hold On, I'm Comin‍ '​ titled after the song)[1] listed on a Stax release as "Hold On! I'm a Comin'"[2] is a 1966 single recorded by soul duo Sam & Dave, issued on the Atlantic-distributed Stax label in 1966.

The song was written by the songwriting team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter, who came up with the title of the song spontaneously when Hayes was trying to get Porter to hurry out of the Stax Studios restroom and get back to songwriting.[3] Released as Stax 189 in the spring of 1966, the single peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, and at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.[3]

A revamped version of the song, "Hold On, Edwin's Coming", was recorded by Sam & Dave as a promotional single for Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards' third election campaign in 1982. Three years later, Dave Prater teamed with new singing partner Sam Daniels as "The New Sam and Dave Review", and recorded "Medley/Hold On, I'm Comin'" for Atlantic Records.


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In popular culture[edit]

"Hold On, I'm Comin'" was featured during a scene in the film The Blues Brothers, along with "Soothe Me", also performed by Sam & Dave. It was also heard in a 2013 Super Bowl commercial featuring Dwayne Johnson. It was also featured during a scene in the film American Gangster. The song also featured in videogame Skate 2

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  1. ^ "Hold On, I'm Comin'". Repertoire.bmi.com. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  2. ^ "Label shot of Stax single". Timebomb.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  3. ^ a b Hogan, Ed (2006). "Review of "Hold On! I'm Comin'". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-3-30
  4. ^ http://www.bryanferry.com/the-bride-stripped-bare/
  5. ^ "Arno Carstens 5th Solo Album, ‘Lightening Prevails’, Will Be Released In 2014.". Gary Cool. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  6. ^ "Luca Ronka Album, ‘Soul Man’, Released In 2015". 

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