On this day in 1957, Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” was released by Keen Records. Produced by Bumps Blackwell and arranged and conducted by René Hall, the song was the A-side to “Summertime”. The song, Cooke’s debut single, was a massive commercial success, becoming a number one hit on both Billboard’s Rhythm & Blues Records chart and the Billboard Hot 100.
Cooke wrote “You Send Me” but gave the writer credit to his younger brother L.C. (who used the original family spelling “Cook”) because he didn’t want his own publisher to profit from the song.
It was named as one of the 500 most important rock and roll recordings by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In April 2010, the song ranked #115 in Rolling Stone magazine’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.