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"Bring It on Home to Me"
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Single by Sam Cooke
A-side "Having a Party"
Released May 8, 1962
Format 7"
Recorded April 26, 1962
RCA Studio 1
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Rhythm and blues, soul
Length 2:37
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Sam Cooke
Producer(s) Hugo & Luigi
Sam Cooke singles chronology
"Twistin' in the Kitchen with Dinah"
"Bring It on Home to Me"
"Somebody Have Mercy"

"Bring It on Home to Me" is a song by American soul singer Sam Cooke, released on May 8, 1962 by RCA Victor. Produced by Hugo & Luigi and arranged and conducted by René Hall, the song was the B-side to "Having a Party". The song peaked at number two on Billboard's Hot R&B Sides chart, and also charted at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song has become a pop standard, covered by numerous artists of different genres. It is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.


"Bring It on Home to Me", like its A-side, "Having a Party", was written while Cooke was on tour for Henry Wynn. The song was initially offered to fellow singer Dee Clark, who turned it down.[1] While in Atlanta, Cooke called co-producer Luigi Creatore and pitched both numbers; he was sold and booked an immediate recording session in Los Angeles scheduled for two weeks later.[2] The session's mood "matched the title" of the song, according to biographer Peter Guralnick, as many friends had been invited. "It was a very happy session," recalled engineer Al Schmitt. "Everybody was just having a ball. We were getting people out there [on the floor], and some of the outtakes were hilarious, there was so much ad lib that went on."[2] René Hall assembled an eighteen-piece backing group, "composed of six violins, two violas, two cellos, and a sax, plus a seven-piece rhythm section that included two percussionists, two bassists, two guitars, and a piano."

The song is a significant reworking of Charles Brown's 1959 single "I Want to Go Home", and it retains the gospel flavor and call-and-response format; the song differs significantly in that its refrain ("Bring it to me, bring your sweet lovin', bring it on home to me") is overtly secular.[2] The song was the first serious nod to his gospel roots ("[He] felt that he needed more weight, that that light shit wouldn't sustain him," said J.W. Alexander).[1] The song was aiming for a sound similar to Cooke’s former group, the Soul Stirrers.[2] The original, unreleased first take includes vocals from Lou Rawls, J.W. Alexander, Fred Smith (former assistant A&R rep at Keen Records), and "probably" the Sims Twins. A second, final take leaves Lou Rawls as the only echoing voice.[2]


"Bring It On Home to Me" was recorded on April 26, 1962, at RCA Studio 1 in Hollywood, California.[1] The engineer present was Al Schmitt, and the session was conducted and arranged by René Hall. The musicians also recorded "Having a Party" the same day. Credits adapted from the liner notes to the 2003 compilation Portrait of a Legend: 1951–1964.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

"Bring It On Home to Me"
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Single by The Animals
from the album Animal Tracks (U.S. album)
B-side "For Miss Caulker"
Released March 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded March 1965
Genre Rock, blues, pop, soul
Length 2:43
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Sam Cooke
Producer(s) Mickie Most
The Animals singles chronology
"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
"Bring It On Home To Me"
"We Gotta Get out of This Place"
"Bring It on Home to Me"
Single by Mickey Gilley
B-side "How's My Ex Treating You"
Released June 1976
Format 7"
Recorded May 1976
Genre Country
Length 2:23
Label Playboy 6075
Writer(s) Sam Cooke
Producer(s) Eddie Kilroy
Mickey Gilley singles chronology
"Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time"
"Bring It on Home to Me"
"Lawdy Miss Clawdy"

The most significant cover versions of the song include versions by:

Otis Redding and Carla Thomas

Charts and certifications[edit]

Original version[edit]

Chart (1962) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 13
US Hot R&B Sides (Billboard)[4] 2

The Animals version[edit]

Year Chart Position
1965 Pop Singles Chart #32
1965 UK Singles Chart #7
1965 Canada #7
1965 Netherlands #3
1965 Sweden #1

Eddie Floyd version[edit]

Year Chart Position
1968 Black Singles Chart #4
1968 Pop Singles Chart #17
1968 Canada #24

Lou Rawls version[edit]

Year Chart Position
1970 Black Singles Chart #45
1970 Pop Singles Chart #96

Mickey Gilley version[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[6] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Preceded by
"Say It Again"
by Don Williams
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

August 21, 1976
Succeeded by
"(I'm A) Stand by My Woman Man"
by Ronnie Milsap
Preceded by
"Rocky Mountain Music"
by Eddie Rabbitt
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

September 11, 1976

In popular culture[edit]

The song was featured in the 2017 film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and was further included on the film's soundtrack album.


  1. ^ a b c d Portrait of a Legend: 1951–1964 (liner notes). Sam Cooke. US: ABKCO Records. 2003. 92642. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Guralnick, Peter (2005). Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. New York: Back Bay Books, p. 404–406. First edition, 2005.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 136. 
  4. ^ a b "Sam Cooke – Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mickey Gilley – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Mickey Gilley.
  6. ^ "Mickey Gilley – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Mickey Gilley.

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