Somebody Have Mercy

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"Somebody Have Mercy"
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Single by Sam Cooke
from the album Twistin' the Night Away
A-side "Nothing Can Change This Love"
Released September 11, 1962
Format 7"
Recorded February 15, 1962
RCA Studio 1
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Rhythm and blues, soul
Length 2:17
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Sam Cooke
Producer(s) Hugo & Luigi
Sam Cooke singles chronology
"Bring It on Home to Me"
"Somebody Have Mercy"
"Send Me Some Lovin'"

"Somebody Have Mercy" is a song by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, originally released in April 1962 on the album Twistin' the Night Away. The song later was selected for the B-side of the single "Nothing Can Change This Love", which was released on September 11, 1962. It received enough airplay to make the Billboard charts on its own, peaking at #3 R&B and #70 Pop.


One line in the song ("Tell me what is wrong with me") created speculation and rampant rumors that Cooke was suffering from leukemia, which was false.[1]


"Somebody Have Mercy" was recorded on February 15, 1962 at RCA Studio 1 in Hollywood, California.[2] The musicians also recorded much of the Twistin' the Night Away album the same day. The session was conducted and arranged by René Hall, producers were Hugo & Luigi. Credits adapted from the liner notes to the 2003 compilation Portrait of a Legend: 1951–1964.[2]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1962) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 70
US Hot R&B Singles (Billboard)[3] 3


  1. ^ Guralnick, Peter (2005). Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. New York: Back Bay Books, p. 419. First edition, 2005.
  2. ^ a b Portrait of a Legend: 1951–1964 (liner notes). Sam Cooke. US: ABKCO Records. 2003. 92642. 
  3. ^ a b "Sam Cooke – Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 

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