Please Send Me Someone to Love
"Please Send Me Someone to Love" is a blues ballad, written and recorded by Percy Mayfield in 1950, on Art Rupe's Specialty Records label. It was on the R&B chart for 27 weeks and reached the number one position; it was Mayfield's most successful song.
It has been called a "multilayered universal lament". Mayfield sang it in a soft ballad style. Its appeal lay in the sensitivity of its lyrics in juxaposing an awareness of a world in conflict, with a personal expression of the need for love. Sung in Mayfield's gentle, suave vocal style, the lyrics were a combination of a romantic love ballad and a social message against discrimination.
Johnny Diesel and the Injectors version
|"Please Send Me Someone to Love"|
|Single by Johnny Diesel and the Injectors|
|from the album The Delinquents (soundtrack)|
|Format||7 inch single, CD single, Cassette single|
|Johnny Diesel and the Injectors singles chronology|
In 1989 Australian ARIA award winning rock band, Johnny Diesel and the The Injectors recorded the song for the soundtrack of The Delinquents. It was released as a single and peaked at number 11 on the Australian ARIA Chart in 1990.
- "Please Send Me Someone To Love" - 4:17
- "Who's For Better" (live) - 3:40
- "Thang 1" (live) - 3:15
- tracks 2 and 3 recorded live at the Hordern Pavilion Sydney,Australia, August 16, 1989.
- In 1969, Ruth Brown covered the song for her album Black Is Brown And Brown Is Beautiful..
- In 1997, B.B. King and Mick Hucknall covered the song on the album Deuces Wild.
- In 1993, Sade released a cover of the song for the soundtrack for the movie Philadelphia.
- In 1998, Fiona Apple released a cover of the song for the soundtrack for the movie Pleasantville.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 385.
- "West coast artists - Percy Mayfield". Retrieved 2006-11-06.
- Gillett, Charlie (1996). The Rise of Rock and Roll ((2nd Ed.) ed.). New York, N.Y.: Da Capo Press. p. 146. ISBN 0-306-80683-5.
- Shaw, Arnold (1978). Honkers and Shouters. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. p. 193. ISBN 0-02-061740-2.
- "JOHNNY DIESEL & THE INJECTORS - PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE (SONG)". www.australian-charts.com. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
- "Johnny Diesel & The Injectors – Please Send Me Someone To Love". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
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