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, for Art Rupe's Specialty Records. 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 juxtaposing 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]

Johnny Diesel and the Injectors version[edit]

"Please Send Me Someone to Love"
Single by Johnny Diesel and the Injectors
from the album The Delinquents (soundtrack)
Released January 1990
Format 7 inch single, CD single, cassette single
Length 4:17
Label Chrysalis Records
Producer(s) Terry Manning
Johnny Diesel and the Injectors singles chronology
"Since I Fell for You"
(1989)
"Please Send Me Someone to Love"
(1990)
"Love Junk"
(1991)

In 1989 the Australian ARIA award-winning rock band Johnny Diesel and the Injectors recorded the song for the soundtrack of the film The Delinquents. It was released as a single and peaked at number 11 on the Australian ARIA chart in 1990.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Please Send Me Someone to Love" (4:17)
  2. "Who's for Better" (3:40)
  3. "Thang 1" (3:15)
  • Tracks 2 and 3 recorded live at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia, August 16, 1989[6]

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  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.). New York: Da Capo Press. p. 146. ISBN 0-306-80683-5. 
  4. ^ Shaw, Arnold (1978). Honkers and Shouters. New York: Macmillan. p. 193. ISBN 0-02-061740-2. 
  5. ^ "Johnny Diesel & the Injectors - Please Send Me Someone to Love (Song)". www.australian-charts.com. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Johnny Diesel & the Injectors – Please Send Me Someone to Love". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
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