|Single by Sam Cooke|
|B-side||"Let's Go Steady Again"|
|Recorded||January 4, 1959
(Los Angeles, California)
|Genre||Rhythm and blues, soul, pop|
|Writer(s)||Sam Cooke, Lou Adler, Herb Alpert|
|Sam Cooke singles chronology|
"Only Sixteen" is a song by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, released in May 1959. The song was a top 15 hit on Billboard's Hot R&B Sides chart and also charted within the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. It the UK it was covered, and taken to No. 1, by Craig Douglas.
"Only Sixteen" was inspired by the sixteenth birthday of Lou Rawls' stepsister, Eunice. The song was originally intended for actor Steve Rowland, who often hung around the Keen studio. Rowland asked Cooke to write a song for him, and Cooke borrowed the bridge from an earlier song of his, "Little Things You Do". Rowland's manager disliked the song, and Cooke re-recorded it for himself.
|Weekly singles chart (1959)||Peak
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||28|
|U.S. Hot R&B Sides (Billboard)||13|
|Single by Dr. Hook|
|from the album Bankrupt|
|B-side||"Let Me Be Your Lover"|
|Dr. Hook singles chronology|
Dr. Hook cover
Dr. Hook released a version of "Only Sixteen" in the winter of 1976. Their version was the most successful chart release of the song. It reached number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the Cash Box Top 100. Dr. Hook's version spent 22 weeks on the charts and became a Gold record. The song was banned by the BBC.
Weekly singles charts
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||3|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary ||9|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||6|
|U.S. Cash Box Top 100||5|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||35|
Other cover versions
- Sam Cooke – vocals
- Clifton White – guitar
- René Hall – guitar
- Adolphus Asbrook – bass guitar
- Charles Blackwell – drums
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