|Single by Sam Cooke|
|B-side||"Let's Go Steady Again"|
|Recorded||January 4, 1959
(Los Angeles, California)
|Genre||Rhythm and blues, soul|
|Sam Cooke singles chronology|
"Only Sixteen" is a song by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, released in May 1959. The song was a top 15 hit on Billboard's Hot R&B Sides chart, and also charted within the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.
"Only Sixteen" was inspired by the sixteenth birthday of Lou Rawls' stepsister, Eunice. The song was originally intended for actor Steve Rowland, who often hung around the Keen studio. Rowland asked Cooke to write a song for him, and Cooke borrowed the bridge from an earlier song of his, "Little Things You Do". Rowland's manager disliked the song, and Cooke re-recorded it for himself.
- Sam Cooke – vocals
- Clifton White – guitar
- René Hall – guitar
- Adolphus Asbrook – bass guitar
- Charles Blackwell – drums
Charts and certifications
|UK Singles Chart||23|
|US Billboard Hot 100||28|
|US Hot R&B Sides (Billboard)||13|
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