Please Send Me Someone to Love
"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.
It has been called a "multilayered universal lament". 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. Sung in Mayfield's gentle, suave vocal style, the lyrics were a combination of a romantic love ballad and a social message against discrimination.
Johnny Diesel and the Injectors version
|"Please Send Me Someone to Love"|
|Single by Johnny Diesel and the Injectors|
|from the album The Delinquents (soundtrack)|
|Format||7 inch single, CD single, cassette single|
|Johnny Diesel and the Injectors singles chronology|
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 and was the 87th biggest-selling single in 1990.
- "Please Send Me Someone to Love" (4:17)
- "Who's for Better" (3:40)
- "Thang 1" (3:15)
- Tracks 2 and 3 recorded live at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia, August 16, 1989
- The Moonglows had a hit with their cover version in 1957.
- In 1967, Fred Neil covered the song for his album Sessions.
- In 1968, Toni Williams covered the song. It was the B-side of his single "Sad, Lonely and Blue", released by Zodiac Records.
- In 1969, Ruth Brown covered the song for her album Black Is Brown and Brown Is Beautiful.
- Freddie King recorded his version during his years with Shelter Records.
- In 1977, The Animals covered the song on their reunion album, Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted.
- James Booker covered the song on his album King Of New Orleans Keyboard. In 2003, Leigh Harris and Larry Sieberth covered it on the album Patchwork: A Tribute to James Booker.
- In 1997, B.B. King and Mick Hucknall covered the song on the album Deuces Wild.
- In 1993, Sade released a cover of the song for the soundtrack of the movie Philadelphia.
- In 1994, Grover Washington Jr. recorded the song for his album All My Tomorrows.
- In 1998, Fiona Apple released a cover of the song for the soundtrack of the movie Pleasantville.
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- Shaw, Arnold (1978). Honkers and Shouters. New York: Macmillan. p. 193. ISBN 0-02-061740-2.
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- "Johnny Diesel & the Injectors: Please Send Me Someone to Love". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
- "Patchwork: A Tribute to James Booker". Amazon.com. Retrieved September 9, 2018.