Cupid (Sam Cooke song)

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Single by Sam Cooke
B-side "Farewell My Darling"
Released May 16, 1961
Format 7" single
Recorded April 14, 1961
RCA Hollywood Studio 1
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 2:30
Label RCA 7883
Writer(s) Sam Cooke
Producer(s) Luigi Creatore
Sam Cooke singles chronology
"That's It, I Quit, I'm Moving On"
"Feel It"

"Cupid" is a song by American recording artist Sam Cooke, released on May 16, 1961. It charted at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 20 on the Hot R&B Sides chart; the track performed best in the United Kingdom, peaking at number seven on the UK Singles Chart. Cooke's producers had asked him to write a song for a girl they had seen on a Perry Como TV show — but once they heard her sing, they kept "Cupid" for Cooke himself. It was Cooke's idea to drop in the sound of an arrow being fired "straight to my lover's heart."[1] Personnel on the recording included Cooke's session regulars Clifton White and Rene Hall on guitar, Clifford Hills on bass, Earl Palmer on drums and Joseph Gibbons on guitar and banjo.

"Cupid" was ranked #452 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". AllMusic critic Bill Janovitz described the track as a "perfect pop song" which combines "Latin, R&B, jazz, and mainstream pop elements".[2]

Cover versions[edit]


  • This song was also featured in the 1987 movie Innerspace starring Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid
  • A reference to this song is found in the chorus of the song "Sleepwalker" by The Wallflowers: Cupid, don't draw back your bow / Sam Cooke didn't know what I know

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1961) Peak
UK Singles Chart[7] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 17
US Hot R&B Sides (Billboard)[8] 20
Chart (1976 – Tony Orlando and Dawn) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 22
Chart (1980 – The Spinners) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 5
UK Singles Chart 4
Chart (2008) Peak
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 49


  1. ^ "500 Greatest Songs of All Time: Sam Cooke, 'Cupid'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  2. ^ Janovitz, Bill. "Cupid - Sam Cooke". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 333. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Čtyřicet Hitů od A do Z, Pavel Bobek, liner notes, 2006.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 545. 
  6. ^ "HOJ Songs". Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  7. ^ "Sam Cooke - Artist - Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Sam Cooke – Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 

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