Lonely Island (song)

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For the Parliaments song, see Lonely Island (The Parliaments song).
"Lonely Island"
Single by Sam Cooke
from the album Hit Kit
A-side "You Were Made for Me"
Released March 24, 1958
Format 7"
Recorded August 23, 1957
Radio Recorders
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Rhythm and blues, soul
Length 2:31
Label Keen
Writer(s) Eden Ahbez
Producer(s) Bumps Blackwell
Sam Cooke singles chronology
"That's All I Need to Know"
(1958)
"Lonely Island"
(1958)
"Stealing Kisses"
(1958)

"Lonely Island" is a song by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, released on March 24, 1958 by Keen Records. The song peaked at number 10 on Billboard's Hot R&B Sides chart, and also charted within the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Background[edit]

The emphasis of the recording session in which "Lonely Island" was cut was to record ballads. “The sound was pure pop, with the same antiseptic chorus to which [former label Specialty Records owner] Art [Rupe] had so vociferously objected, and whatever the pedigree of the material, or its limitations, Sam carried off the performance without a hint of hesitation, condescension, or awe,” said biographer Peter Guralnick.[1]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1958) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 26
US Hot R&B Sides (Billboard)[2] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guralnick, Peter (2005). Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. New York: Back Bay Books, p. 194. First edition, 2005.
  2. ^ a b "Sam Cooke – Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 

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