Bring It On Home To Me

Album: The Best Of Sam Cooke (1962)
Charted: 13

Songfacts®:

  • Sam Cooke wrote this and recorded the original version, which is in an R&B style. The song is about a guy who loses his girl. He doesn't think much of it at first, then starts to miss her terribly and will do anything to get her back.
  • This was released as the B-side of "Having A Party," and both songs became hits. Both tracks featured background vocals by Lou Rawls, who does the call-and-response with Cooke.
  • This has been recorded in many different styles by a variety of artists. Rawls released his own version in 1970, The Animals made it a UK hit 1965, Eddie Floyd's version went to US #17 in 1968, and Mickey Gilley had a #1 Country Hit with the song in 1976.
  • Rod Stewart recorded this song as a medley with Cooke's "You Send Me." The medley was released as a single in the UK as a double A-side with "Farewell" and hit #7. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edna - Madrid, Spain, for above 2
  • TV series to use this song include:
    90210 ("Bride and Prejudice" - 2012)
    Eastbound & Down ("Chapter 19" - 2012)
    Parenthood ("Everything Is Not Okay" - 2012)
    This Is Us ("Jack Pearson's Son" - 2017)

    Some of the movies to use it are:
    Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
    Ali (2001)
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Comments: 13

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 30, 1965, the Animals Lynn performed "Bring It On Home To Me" on the CBS-TV Sunday-night variety
    program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    At the time the song was at #37 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; the following week it would peak at #32 {for 1 week} and it spent 6 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #7 on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
    Between 1964 and 1968 the group had eighteen records on the Hot Top 100 chart; three made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "The House of the Rising Sun" for 3 weeks on August 30th, 1964...
    Their other two Top 10 records were "See See Rider" {#10 in 1966} and "San Franciscan Nights" {#9 in 1967}...
    Bassist Chas Chandler, born Bryan James Chandler, passed away at the young age of 57 on July 17th, 1996...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 17th 1962, "Bring It On Home To Me" by Sam Cooke entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #94; and on August 19th it peaked at #13 (for 1 week) and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #2 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    The record's A-side, "Having A Party", also charted, it stayed on the Top 100 for 15 weeks, peaking at #17 (it reached #4 on the R&B chart)...
    The Animals' 1965 covered version reached #32 on the Top 100 (made it to #7 in the United Kingdom and to #1 in Sweden)...
    R.I.P. Mr. Cooke (1931 - 1964).
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI love how the vocals of Cooke and Rawls give this song a comiserating with your buds sort of feel.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn 1962 Carla Thomas released an answer record; "I'll Bring it Home To You", it peaked at #41!!!
  • Matthew from Columbia, MoTab Benoit does a very very good cover of this, often times he'll play it live as well.


    Henry from NY, how can you say one version is the best when you haven't heard all of them, or even the original?
  • Nathan from From The Country Of, CanadaWithout Sam there wouldnt be a Marvin Gaye, or Journey, Rod Stewart, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Doobie Bros, or...should i go on?
  • Dan from Minneapolis, MnCheck out the live version from the Harlem Square Night Club in Miami, 1963. He gets the audience to yell the call-and-response portion of the song. Best line: "I don't care who you was with".
  • Lench from La Mirada, CaAbsolutely the best vocalist in history. There have been some greats, but Sam is the man. Such a hugely powerful song. "That's Where It's At" is another powerhouse love song. "Good Times", "Meet Me at Mary's Place", "Somebody Have Mercy" are some of my other favorites.
  • John from Clare, IrelandThis has to be up there with the best soul recordings. Mr Soul is what they called him I think. It is quite unlike his earlier hits which tended to be very smooth and teen-pop friendly, Sam himself saying that this wouldn't sustain him. If you want to hear Sam at his most raucous and energetic best try listening to 'Live at the Harlem Social Club'......one of the best live recordings I've ever heard!!
  • Kathryn from Portland , OrI absolutely LOVE this song!
  • Winn from Mcminnville, OrThis is a amazing song. Sam Cooke Melts My ears off. :)
  • Steve from Fenton, MoI can't believe only one comment on this incredible recording. This one of the best soul records ever. Come to think of it the only recording I would rate above this is Marvin Gaye's Heard it Through the Grapevine.
  • Henry from Kingston, NyThe Animal's version is the best. They're so underappreciated. I've never heard Sam's original, though.
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