I Thank You (Sam & Dave song)

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"I Thank You"
Single by Sam & Dave
B-side "Wrap it Up"
Released January 8, 1968
Format 7", 45rpm
Recorded 1967
Genre Soul
Length 2:44
Label Stax/Atlantic
Writer(s) Isaac Hayes
David Porter
Producer(s) Isaac Hayes
David Porter
Sam & Dave singles chronology
"Soul Man"
"I Thank You"
"You Don't Know What You Mean to Me"
"I Thank You"
Single by ZZ Top
from the album Degüello
Released 1980
Format 7"
Recorded 1979
Genre Blues rock
Length 3:23
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) Bill Ham
ZZ Top singles chronology
"Enjoy and Get It On"
"I Thank You"
"Cheap Sunglasses"

"I Thank You" is a song written by David Porter and Isaac Hayes originally recorded by Sam & Dave, released in early 1968.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 34

Other versions[edit]



  1. ^ http://staxrecords.free.fr/slist.htm Stax singles
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 510. 
  3. ^ Bowman, Rob (1997). Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records. New York: Schirmer Trade. ISBN 0-8256-7284-8. Pg. 138-142