I Thank You (song)
|"I Thank You"|
|Single by Sam & Dave|
|B-side||"Wrap it Up"|
|Released||January 8, 1968|
|Sam & Dave singles chronology|
|"I Thank You"|
|Single by ZZ Top|
|from the album Degüello|
|ZZ Top singles chronology|
"I Thank You" is a song written by David Porter and Isaac Hayes originally recorded by Sam & Dave, released in early 1968. The single was Sam & Dave's final release on Stax Records, reaching #9 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and #4 on the R&B chart. Shortly after its release, Stax severed its distribution deal with Atlantic Records and Sam & Dave, who were actually signed to Atlantic and loaned out to Stax, began recording for Atlantic proper.
ZZ Top covered the song on their 1979 album Degüello. The band released the song as a single the next year. Like the original, it too charted, reaching #34 on the Pop singles chart, becoming the band's second Top 40 hit (after "Tush", four years earlier).
ZZ Top version
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||34|
- Bonnie Raitt covered the song on her album The Glow in 1979.
- Phil Vassar released a country version of the song in 2002 for the album Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top.
- John Farnham also released a cover on his album 331/3.
- Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra commonly play this song between commercial breaks on the Late Show with David Letterman.
- Australian band The Casanovas recorded a version for their second album All Night Long. It is generally considered to be in recognition of former Australian act The Powder Monkeys who used to regularly play the song live and were a significant influence on the group.
- In April 2009 Tower of Power released Great American Soulbook featuring personal favorite cover songs of the band. Blending soul, funk, jazz, Tower of Power funkified each tune including their version of "I Thank You". Sam Moore sang on "Mr. Pitiful" while Tom Jones guested on "I Thank You".
- Bon Jovi covered the song which appeared on a special 2-disc version of their album These Days.
- Classic rock singer Paul Rodgers included his version of the song on his 2014 cover album of soul classics The Royal Sessions.
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