24-7 Man

Album: Take Your Shoes Off (1999)


  • While the Sixty Minute Man could please his woman for an hour of lovemaking, Robert Cray takes it to another level in this song, where he sings about being there for her every minute of every day.

    The lyrics were written by Mack Rice, a Memphis songwriter who co-wrote "Respect Yourself" for the Staple Singers and "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett. The music was written by Jon Tiven, who played in a variety of groups and was making a name for himself as a songwriter and producer. Jon told us the story: "I had a friend, Mack Rice, who I had met when I lived in Memphis. He told me he wanted to do some writing with me. I said, 'Great. I'll send you some music.' So I sent him a music track. He put my cassette on in his bathroom and he had one of the boom boxes that you could sing into. So he was in his bathroom singing into one boombox as he's playing it on the other, and it sounded great. It was '24-7 Man.' It was cut by Robert Cray and went to #1 on the AAA charts."
  • The album Take Your Shoes Off won the Grammy Award for Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2000.

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn response to comment #1:
    On this day in 1987 {February 1st} Robert Cray's "Smoking Gun" peaked at #2* {for 1 week} on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart...
    Between 1986 and 1992 the Columbus, Georgia native had eight records on the Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart, two made the Top 10, besides the above "Smoking Gun", his other Top 10 record was "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" {#4 in 1988}...
    Robert William Cray will celebrate his 67th birthday in six months on August 1st, 2020...
    * The week that "Smoking Gun" was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi...
  • William Ken from NashvilleHow about putting the song "Smoking Gun" on here.....I'm sure alot of people will like it, including me !!
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Janet Jackson

Janet JacksonFact or Fiction

Was Janet secretly married at 18? Did she gain 60 pounds for a movie role that went to Mariah Carey? See what you know about Ms. Jackson.

Dexys (Kevin Rowland and Jim Paterson)

Dexys (Kevin Rowland and Jim Paterson)Songwriter Interviews

"Come On Eileen" was a colossal '80s hit, but the band - far more appreciated in their native UK than stateside - released just three albums before their split. Now, Dexys is back.

Mark Arm of Mudhoney

Mark Arm of MudhoneySongwriter Interviews

When he was asked to write a song for the Singles soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.

Alice Cooper

Alice CooperFact or Fiction

How well do you know this shock-rock harbinger who's been publicly executed hundreds of times?

Psychedelic Lyrics

Psychedelic LyricsMusic Quiz

Whoa man! Do you know which band came up with these cosmic lyrics?

Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues

Justin Hayward of The Moody BluesSongwriter Interviews

Justin wrote the classic "Nights In White Satin," but his fondest musical memories are from a different decade.