Lonely Island (song)

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"Lonely Island"
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Single by Sam Cooke
from the album Hit Kit
A-side "You Were Made for Me"
Released March 24, 1958
Format 7"
Recorded August 23, 1957
Radio Recorders
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Rhythm and blues, soul
Length 2:31
Label Keen
Songwriter(s) Eden Ahbez
Producer(s) Bumps Blackwell
Sam Cooke singles chronology
"That's All I Need to Know"
"Lonely Island"
"Stealing Kisses"
"That's All I Need to Know"
"Lonely Island"
"Stealing Kisses"

"Lonely Island" is a song by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, released on March 24, 1958 by Keen Records. The song peaked at number 10 on Billboard's Hot R&B Sides chart, and also charted within the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100.


The emphasis of the recording session in which "Lonely Island" was cut was to record ballads. “The sound was pure pop, with the same antiseptic chorus to which [former label Specialty Records owner] Art [Rupe] had so vociferously objected, and whatever the pedigree of the material, or its limitations, Sam carried off the performance without a hint of hesitation, condescension, or awe,” said biographer Peter Guralnick.[1]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1958) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 26
US Hot R&B Sides (Billboard)[2] 10


  1. ^ Guralnick, Peter (2005). Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. New York: Back Bay Books, p. 194. First edition, 2005.
  2. ^ a b "Sam Cooke – Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 

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