Somebody Have Mercy

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"Somebody Have Mercy"
Single by Sam Cooke
from the album Twistin' the Night Away
A-side "Nothing Can Change This Love"
Released September 11, 1962
Format 7"
Recorded February 15, 1962
RCA Studio 1
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Rhythm and blues, soul
Length 2:17
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Sam Cooke
Producer(s) Hugo & Luigi
Sam Cooke singles chronology
"Bring It on Home to Me"
"Somebody Have Mercy"
"Send Me Some Lovin'"

"Somebody Have Mercy" is a song by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, released on September 11, 1962 by RCA Victor. Produced by Hugo & Luigi and arranged and conducted by René Hall, the song was the A-side to "Nothing Can Change This Love". The song peaked at number three on Billboard‍‍ '​‍s Hot R&B Singles chart.


One line in the song ("Tell me what is wrong with me") created speculation and rampant rumors that Cooke was suffering from leukemia, which was false.[1]


"Somebody Have Mercy" was recorded on February 15, 1962 at RCA Studio 1 in Hollywood, California.[2] The session was conducted and arranged by René Hall. The musicians also recorded much of the Twistin' the Night Away album the same day. Credits adapted from the liner notes to the 2003 compilation Portrait of a Legend: 1951–1964.[2]

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Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1962) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 70
US Hot R&B Singles (Billboard)[3] 3


  1. ^ Guralnick, Peter (2005). Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. New York: Back Bay Books, p. 419. First edition, 2005.
  2. ^ a b Portrait of a Legend: 1951–1964 (liner notes). Sam Cooke. US: ABKCO Records. 2003. 92642. 
  3. ^ a b "Sam Cooke – Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 

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