Please Send Me Someone to Love

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This article is about the song by Percy Mayfield. For the album by Phineas Newborn, Jr., see Please Send Me Someone to Love (album).
"Please Send Me Someone to Love"
Specialty Records

"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.[1]

It has been called a "multilayered universal lament".[2] 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.[3] Sung in Mayfield's gentle, suave vocal style, the lyrics were a combination of a romantic love ballad and a social message against discrimination.[4]

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by Ruth Brown for her album Black Is Brown And Brown Is Beautiful (1969) and B.B. King, with Mick Hucknall singing, on King's 1997 album Deuces Wild.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 385. 
  2. ^ "West coast artists - Percy Mayfield". Retrieved 2006-11-06. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Shaw, Arnold (1978). Honkers and Shouters. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. p. 193. ISBN 0-02-061740-2. 
Preceded by
"Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere" by Joe Morris and His Orchestra featuring Laurie Tate
Billboard Best Selling Retail Rhythm & Blues Records number-one single
November 4, 1950
Succeeded by
"Teardrops from My Eyes" by Ruth Brown