Hold On, I'm Comin' (song)

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"Hold On, I'm Comin'"
Single by Sam & Dave
from the album Hold On, I'm Comin'
B-side "I Got Everything I Need"
Released March 1966
Format 7" single
Recorded 1966
Genre Soul, rhythm and blues
Length 2:35
Label Stax/Atlantic
S-189
Writer(s) Isaac Hayes
David Porter
Producer(s) Jim Stewart
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Sam & Dave singles chronology
"You Don't Know Like I Know"
(1965)
"Hold On, I'm Comin'"
(1966)
"Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody"
(1966)

"Hold On, I'm Comin'" (officially registered as "Hold On, I'm Coming",[1] and shown on the original single release as "Hold On! I'm a Comin'")[2] is a 1966 single recorded by soul duo Sam & Dave, issued on the Atlantic-distributed Stax label in 1966.

The song was written by the songwriting team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter, who came up with the title of the song spontaneously when Hayes was trying to get Porter to hurry out of the Stax Studios restroom and get back to songwriting.[3] The original title was "Hold On, I'm Comin'", but some radio stations objected to its "suggestive nature", and labels on most copies of the single gave the title as "Hold On! I'm A Comin'".[4][5] Released as Stax 189 in the spring of 1966, the single peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B singles chart and at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.[3]

Following the instrumental introduction, Sam sings the first verse and is joined by Dave for the chorus. Dave sings the second verse and is joined by Sam for the chorus. In the bridge section, Dave sings the first part and Sam sings the second part, which is followed by a brief instrumental passage. Sam sings the third verse and is joined by Dave for the chorus. The introduction is repeated in the chorus, with both Sam and Dave singing until the song fades out.

A revamped version of the song, "Hold On, Edwin's Coming", was recorded by Sam & Dave as a promotional single for Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards' third election campaign in 1982. Three years later, Dave Prater teamed with new singing partner Sam Daniels as "The New Sam and Dave Review" and recorded "Medley/Hold On, I'm Comin'" for Atlantic Records.

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In popular culture[edit]

"Hold On, I'm Comin'" was used in the film The Blues Brothers, along with "Soothe Me", also performed by Sam & Dave. It was also heard in a 2013 Super Bowl commercial featuring Dwayne Johnson. It was used in a scene in the film American Gangster. The song is used in the video games Skate 2 (2009) and Mafia III (2016). UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler used it as his entrance song in his first title defense in UFC 189. The song was also used in the films Due Date (2010), Elvis & Nixon (2016) and in several episodes of White Collar (2010).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hold On, I'm Comin'". Repertoire.bmi.com. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  2. ^ "Label shot of Stax single". Timebomb.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  3. ^ a b Hogan, Ed (2006). "Review of "Hold On! I'm Comin'". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-3-30
  4. ^ "Hold On, I'm A Comin'", JohnnySpencer.info. Retrieved 29 May 2015
  5. ^ Stan Cornyn, "The Sultans of Sweat", Rhino.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015
  6. ^ "The Checkmates Ltd. - Live! At Caesar's Palace (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  7. ^ "Bryan Ferry – The Bride Stripped Bare". Bryanferry.com. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  8. ^ "Arno Carstens 5th Solo Album, 'Lightening Prevails', Will Be Released In 2014.". Garycool.com. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  9. ^ "Luca Ronka Album, 'Soul Man', Released In 2015". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 

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