Chanteur Rhythm 'n' Blues US né Donald James Randolph, le 24 Mars 1938 à Orangeburg (Caroline du Sud). Il rejoint le groupe Doo Wop The Rainbows et adopte le nom de scène Don Covay. Ils enregistrent le single Shirley en 1956, avant de se séparer l'année suivante. Covay devient le chauffeur de Little Richard et chante en première partie de ses spectacles. Son premier single, Bip Bip Bop, qu'il enregistre sous le pseudonyme Pretty Boy, est produit par Little Richard. Son single Pony Time enregistré en 1961 avec The Goodtimers se classe 60e du hit parade pop établi par le magazine Billboard. Repris par Chubby Checker, le morceau décroche la 1re place du Hot 10. Covay enregistre son plus grand succès, Mercy Mercy, en 1964. Le titre se classe 35e du Hot 100 et est repris par les Rolling Stones sur l'édition américaine de leur album Out of Our Heads. En 1968, avec Arthur Conley, Joe Tex et Solomon Burke, il fait partie du Soul Clan assemblé par Atlantic Records. Don Covay est décédé le 31 Janvier 2015 à New York.

The career of singer Don Covay spanned virtually the entirety of the R&B spectrum, from the electrifying rock & roll of his earliest records to the gritty, swaggering deep soul of his most enduring efforts -- the scope and diversity of his catalog no doubt contributed to his failure to enjoy consistent commercial success, however, and the general public is probably better acquainted with his songs than with his own renditions of them. Born Donald Randolph in Orangeburg, South Carolina on March 24, 1938, Covay was the son of a Baptist preacher who died when his son was eight. The family soon after relocated to Washington, D.C., where he and his siblings formed a gospel group dubbed the Cherry Keys; while in middle school, however, some of Covay's classmates convinced him to make the leap to secular music, and in 1953 he joined the Rainbows, a local doo wop group that previously enjoyed a national smash with "Mary Lee." By the time Covay joined the Rainbows the original lineup had long since splintered, and his recorded debut with the group, 1956's "Shirley," was not a hit. He stuck around for one more single, "Minnie," before exiting; contrary to legend, this iteration of the Rainbows did not include either a young Marvin Gaye or Billy Stewart, although both fledgling singers did occasionally fill in for absent personnel during live performances.
In the meantime Covay landed a job chauffeuring his idol, Little Richard, doing double-duty as the hitmaker's opening act; Richard soon produced Covay's 1957 solo debut "Bip Bip Bip," a blistering single credited to Pretty Boy. Issued on Atlantic, the record went nowhere and he next landed at Sue. During the remaining years of the decade Covay released four more singles for as many labels -- "Switchin' in the Kitchen" on Big, "Standing in the Doorway" on Blaze, "If You See Mary Lee" on Firefly and "'Cause I Love You" on Big Top -- none of them hits. He then signed to major label Columbia, issuing three 1961 singles -- "Shake Wid the Snake," the Ben E. King-soundalike "See About Me," and "Now That I Need You" -- that showcased the vast eclecticism of his approach, from retro-doo wop to uptown soul to smoldering R&B. As his recording career refused to catch fire, Covay increasingly focused on songwriting, partnering with fellow Rainbows alum John Berry to pen a dance tune called "Pony Time" -- recorded by Covay for the Arnold label with backing band the Goodtimers, the resulting 1961 single proved to be his first chart hit, inching to the number 60 spot on the Billboard pop countdown. Equally significant, Chubby Checker soon after recorded his own version, topping the pop and R&B charts in early 1962.
Covay resumed his solo career with 1962's "I'm Your Soldier Boy," his lone effort for Scepter; he then signed to Cameo, scoring another minor chart hit with "The Popeye Waddle," a novelty record inspired by New Orleans' "popeye" dance craze. Its 1963 follow-up "Wiggle Wobble" went nowhere, however, as did "Ain't That Silly" and "The Froog," both cut for Cameo's Parkway subsidiary. At the same time, however, Covay continued an impressive string of songwriting hits, including Jerry Butler's "You Can Run (But You Can't Hide)," Gladys Knight & the Pips' "Letter Full of Tears" and Connie Francis' "Mr. Twister." He also authored "I'm Gonna Cry," Wilson Pickett's debut single for Atlantic. Covay next landed at the tiny Rosemart label, where he entered perhaps the most creatively rewarding period of his career -- his first single for the label, 1964's "Mercy Mercy," was cut with a then-unknown Jimi Hendrix on guitar, and went on to crack the Billboard Top 40 after Atlantic picked it up for distribution. The song remains an R&B classic, and earned even greater notoriety a year later when the Rolling Stones recorded their own rendition for the Out of Our Heads LP; even upon cursory listens, it's impossible not to hear the massive impact of Covay's brash style and bluesy phrasing on Mick Jagger's own frontman persona.
In the meantime, Covay squeaked back into the Hot 100 with "Take This Hurt Off Me," graduating to Atlantic on a full-time basis with 1965's "The Boomerang." The latter didn't chart at all, but the move to Atlantic gave him access to collaborators including Memphis legends like keyboardist Booker T. Jones and guitarist Steve Cropper, and his music achieved an even more powerfully soulful edge. "Please Do Something" fell just shy of the R&B Top 20, and its follow-up "See Saw" proved Covay's biggest hit to date, reaching the R&B Top Five and coming in at number 44 on the pop charts. By now the likes of Etta James ("Watch Dog" and "I'm Gonna Take What He's Got") and Otis Redding ("Think About It" and "Demonstration") were recording his material, but he could never quite maintain the same momentum as a performer, in 1966 releasing three brilliant Atlantic singles -- "Sookie Sookie," "You Put Something on Me" and "Somebody's Got to Love You" -- that all failed to chart. The relatively minor "Shingaling '67" at least made it as far as the R&B Top 50, but both "'40 Days-40 Nights"" and "You've Got Me on Your Critical List" sank without a trace. And even though Aretha Franklin scored one of her biggest and most enduring hits in 1968 with "Chain of Fools," written by Covay some 15 years earlier, his own recording that same year went nowhere.
Covay attempted to reignite his flagging career by organizing the Soul Clan, a Murderers' Row of R&B greats that also included Solomon Burke, Joe Tex, Ben E. King and Arthur Conley. The supergroup's lone Atlantic effort "Soul Meeting" was a minor pop it, reaching the R&B Top 40 in late 1968. After two more failed solo singles, "I Stole Some Love" and "Sweet Pea," Covay teamed with former Shirelles guitarist Joe Richardson and folkie John Hammond in the Jefferson Lemon Blues Band, an odd stab at underground blues-rock that yielded a 1969 LP, The House of Blue Lights and hit number 43 on the R&B chart with the single "Black Woman." He left Atlantic for Janus in 1970, releasing a second Jefferson Lemon Blues Band LP, Different Strokes for Different Folks, before signing to Mercury in 1972 as an A&R exec. There he also began work on Superdude, the blistering 1973 album that many groove-heads regard as his masterpiece -- the album yielded a pair of hits, the pop smash "I Was Checkin' Out While She Was Checkin' In" and "Somebody's Been Enjoying My Home."
The gospel-inspired non-LP single "It's Better to Have (And Don't Need)" returned Covay to the charts in 1974, followed a year later by "Rumble in the Jungle," a novelty effort inspired by the now-legendary heavyweight bout pairing Muhammad Ali against George Foreman. He then migrated to Philadelphia International, teaming with famed producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff for 1976's Travelin' in Heavy Traffic -- neither "Right Time for Love" nor the title track charted, and apart from two indie records, 1977's U-Von effort "Back to the Roots" and 1980s Newman release "Badd Boy," it seemed Covay's recording career was over. He didn't resurface until 1986, contributing backing Vocalss to the Rolling Stones' Dirty Work -- in 1993, the Stones' Ron Wood repaid the favor, joining the likes of Iggy Pop and Todd Rundgren for the tribute LP Back to the Streets: Celebrating the Music of Don Covay. That same year, Covay was honored by the Rhythm & Blues Foundation with one of its prestigious Pioneer Awards, but he was unable to attend the awards ceremony due to the lingering effects of a stroke he suffered in 1992.
He gradually regained his health, however, and in 2000 issued Ad Lib, his first new studio album in nearly a quarter century

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Talents : Singer, Guitar

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll, Rhythm 'n' Blues, Soul

BIB BOP BIP (1957) (Pretty Boy)

ROCKIN' THE MULE (1958)

BELIEVE IT OR NOT (1959)

MERCY, MERCY (1964)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

06/1955 SP RED ROBIN 134-X45 (US) . The RAINBOWS (with Don COVAY) - Evening / Mary Lee 
06/1955 SP PILGRIM 703 (US) . The RAINBOWS (with Don COVAY) - Mary Lee  / Evening
1956 SP PILGRIM 711 (US) . The RAINBOWS (with Don COVAY) - Shirley / Stay
1956 SP RAMA 209 (US) . The RAINBOWS (with Don COVAY) - They Say Minnie
1957 SP ATLANTIC 1147 (US) . Pretty BOY - Bip Bop Bip / Paper Dollar
1958 SP BLAZE 350 (US) . Don "Pretty BOY" COVAY - Standing In The Doorway / I'm Lonely Too 
04/1958 SP BIG 617 (US) . Pretty BOY - Rockin' The Mule / Switchin' In The Kitchen
1958 ? SP FIREFLY 313 (US) . Ooh My Soul / If You See Mary Lee
1959 SP SUE 709 (US) . Believe It Or Not / Betty Jean
1960 SP FIRE 1012 (US) . The RAINBOWS (with Don COVAY) - Mary Lee  / Evening
1960 SP BIG TOP 3033 (US) . Beauty And The Beast / Cause I Love You 
1960 SP BIG TOP 3060 (US) . Hey There / I'm Comin' Down With The Blues
1961 SP ARNOLD 1002 (US) . Don COVAY & The GOODTIMERS - Pony Time / Love Boat
196? SP FLEETWOOD 2001 (US) . Don COVAY & The GOODTIMERS - Pony Time Twist / ?
1961 SP EPIC 9484 (US) . The GOODTIMERS (with Don COVAY) - It's Twistin' Time / Twistin' Train
1961 SP COLUMBIA 41981 (US) . Shake Wid The Snake / Every Which Way
1961 SP COLUMBIA 42058 (US) . Don COVAY & The GOODTIMERS - See About Me / Hand Jive Workout
1961 SP COLUMBIA 42197 (US) . Now That I Need You / Teen Life Sway
1962 SP SCEPTER 1230 (US) . The SOLDIER BOYS (with Don COVAY) - I'm Your Solder Boy / You Picked Me
1962 SP ARGYLE 1012 (US) . The RAINBOWS (with Don COVAY) - Shirley / Stay
1962 SP CAMEO 239 (US) . The Popeye Waddle / One Little Boy Had Money
1962 SP CAMEO 251 (US) . Do The Bug / Wiggle Wobble
1962 EP VOGUE EPL 7853 (F) Pony Time / Love Boat / + Eddie GAINES
1964 SP PARKWAY 910 (US) . The Froog / One Little Boy Had Money
1964 SP PARKWAY 984 (US) . Ain't That Silly / Turn It On
1964 SP LANDA 704 (US) . You're Good For Me / Truth Of The Lite
1964 SP ROSEMART 801 (US) . Don COVAY & The GOODTIMERS - Mercy, Mercy / Can't Stay Away
1964 SP ROSEMART 802 (US) . Please Don't Leave Me / Take This Hurt Off Me
1965 SP ATLANTIC 2280 (US) . Daddy Loves Baby / The Boomerang
1965 SP ATLANTIC 2286 (US) . Don COVAY & The GOODTIMERS - A Woman's Love / Please Do Something
1965 SP ATLANTIC 2301 (US) . Don COVAY & The GOODTIMERS - See Saw / Never Get Enough Of You Love
1965 EP ATLANTIC 212090 (F) Please Don't Let Me Know / Mercy, Mercy / Take This Hurt Off Me / Can't Stay Away
1966 SP ATLANTIC 2323 (US) . Sookie Sookie / Watching The Late Show
1966 SP ATLANTIC 2340 (US) . Iron Out The Rough Spots / You Put Something On Me
1966 SP ATLANTIC 2357 (US) . Temptation Was Too Strong / Somebody's Got To Love
1966 EP ATLANTIC 750012 (F) Sookie Sookie / Watching The Late Late Show / See Shaw / Fat Man
1967 SP ATLANTIC 2375 (US) . Shingaling '67 / I Was There
1967 SP ATLANTIC 2407 (US) . 40 Days - 40 Nights / The Usual Place
1967 SP ATLANTIC 2440 (US) . You've Got Me On The Critical List / Never Had No Love
1968 SP ATLANTIC 2481 (US) . Chain Of Fools / Prove It
1968 SP ATLANTIC 2494 (US) . It's In The Wind / Don't Let Go
1968 SP ATLANTIC 2521 (US) . House On The Corner / Gonna Send You Back To Your Mama
1968 SP ATLANTIC 2530 (US) . The SOUL CLAN (Solomon Burke, Arthur Conley, Don Covay, Ben E. King & Joe Tex) Soul Meeting / That's How It Feels
1968 SP ATLANTIC 2565 (US) . I Stole Some Love / Snake In The Grass
1969 SP ATLANTIC 2609 (US) . Don COVAY & The JEFFERSON LEMON BAND - Sweet Pea / C. C. Rider Blues
1969 SP ATLANTIC 2666 (promo) (US) . Don COVAY & The JEFFERSON LEMON BLUES BAND - Black Woman
1969 SP ATLANTIC 2666 (US) . Don COVAY & The JEFFERSON LEMON BLUES BAND - Ice Cream Man (The Gimme Game) / Black Woman
1970 SP ATLANTIC 2725 (US) . Don COVAY & The JEFFERSON LEMON BLUES BAND - Everything I Do Goin' To Be Funky / Key To The Highway
1970 SP ATLANTIC 2742 (US) . Soul Stirrer / Sookie Sookie
1971 SP JANUS 164 (US) . Sweet Thang / Standing In The Grits Line
1972 SP JANUS 181 (US) . Daddy Please Don't Go Out / Shoes Under My Bed
1972 SP MERCURY 73311 (US) . Overtime Man / Dungeon # 3
1973 SP MERCURY 73385 (US) . I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' In / Money (That's What I Want)
1973 SP MERCURY 73430 (US) . Somebody's Been Enjoying My Home / Bad Mouthing
1974 SP MERCURY 73469 (US) . It's Better To Have (And Don't Need) / Leave Him (Part 1)
1975 SP MERCURY 73648 (US) . Rumble In The Jungle / We Can't Make It No More
1976 SP PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL 3594 (US) . Right Time For Love / No Tell Motel
1976 SP PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL 3602 (US) . Travelin'  In Heavy Traffic / Once You Have It
1977 SP U-VON 102 (US) . Back To The Roots (Part 1) / Back To The Roots (Part 2)
197? SP ATLANTIC 650 141 (F) FORMIDABLE RHYTHM AND BLUES - VOL. 1 - Sookie Sookie / See-Saw
1980 SP NEWMAN N500 (US) . Badd Boy (Vocals) / Badd Boy (instrumental)
1980 SP 12" 33 t. NEWMAN N5001 (US) . Badd Boy (Vocals) / Badd Boy (instrumental)
2004 EP NORTON EP-118 (US) PRETTY BOY ROCK & ROLL - Switchin' In The Kitchen / Rockin' The Mule / Mary (Ting-A-Ling) / Ooh My Soul /























Albums

1965 LP 12" ATLANTIC SD-8104 (US) MERCY ! - Mercy, Mercy / I'll Be Satisfied / Come On In / Can't Stay Away / Can't Fight It Baby / You're Good For Me / Take This Hurt Off Me / Daddy Loves Baby / Come See About Me / You Must Believe In Me / Please Don't Let Me Know / Just Because
1966 LP 12" ATLANTIC 8120 (mono) / SD-8120 (stereo) (US) SEE SAW - See-Saw / The Boomerang / Everything Gonna Be Everything / Fat Man / Precious You / Iron Out The Rough Spots / Please Do Something / I Never Get Enough Of Your Love / The Usual Place / A Woman's Love / Sookie Sookie / Mercy, Mercy
1969 LP 12" ATLANTIC SD-8237 (US) THE HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHTS - Don COVAY & the JEFFERSON LEMON BLUES BAND - Key To The Highway / Mad Dog Blues / The Blues Don't Knock / Blues Ain't Nothin' But A Good Woman On Your Mind / The House Of Blue Lights Part 1 / Four Women / Steady Roller / Homemade Love / But I Forgive You Blues / Shut Your Mouth / The House Of Blue Lights Part 2
1970 LP 12" JANUS 3038 (US) DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS - Sweet Thang / Daddy Please Don't Go Out Tonight / Why Did You Put Shoes Under My Head / Stop By / Bad Luck / Hitching A Ride / Standing In The Grits Line / In The Sweet Bye & Bye / Ain't Nothing A Young Girl Can Do / If There's A Will There's A Way / What's In The Headlines
1973 LP 12" MERCURY 1-653 (US) SUPER DUDE I - Overtime Man / Leave Him Part 1 / I Stayed Away Too Long / I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' In / Hold You To Your Promise / Memphis / The Pinch Hitters / Somebody's Been Enjoying My Home / Bad Mouthing / Leave Him Part 2 / Money (That's What I Want) / Don't Step On A Man When He's Down
1973 LP 12" MERCURY 653 (US) SUPER DUDE - THE MERCURY YEARS, VOL. 1... PLUS - Overtime Man / I Stayed Away Too Long / I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' In / Hold You To Your Promise / Memphis / Pinch Hitters / Somebody's Been Enjoying My Home / Bad Mouthing / Leave Him, Pt. 1 / Leave Him, Pt. 2 / Money (That's What I Want) / Don't Step On A Man When He's Down / Sweet Thang / Daddy, Please Don't Go Out Tonight / Why Did You Put Your Shoes Under My Bed / Stop By / Bad Luck / Hitching A Ride
1974 LP 12" MERCURY SRM-1-1020 (US) HOT BLOOD - It's Better To Have (And Don't Need) / A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste / Sexy Lady / We Can't Make It No More / Rumble In The Jungle / What's Good To You (Don't Have To Be Good For You) / I Been Here All The Time / Hot Blood / Enjoy What You Got / Gangster Strut
1975 LP 12" MERCURY 9100010 (UK) HOT BLOOD - THE MERCURY YEARS - VOLUME 2 - It's Better To Have (And Don't Need) / A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste / Sexy Lady / We Can't Make It No More / Rumble In The Jungle / What's Good To You (Don't Have To Be Good For You) / I Been Here All The Time / Hot Blood / Enjoy What You Got / Gangster Strut
1976 LP 12" PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL PZ 33958 (US) TRAVELIN' IN HEAVY TRAFIC - No Tell Motel / Chocolate Honey / You Owe It To Your Body / Travelin' In Heavy Traffic / Feelings / Right Time For Love / Six Million Dollar Fish / Swet
1976 LP 12" ATLANTIC 50225 (F) THE HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHTS - Don COVAY & the JEFFERSON LEMON BLUES BAND - Key To The Highway / Mad Dog Blues / The Blues Don't Knock / Blues Ain't Nothin' But A Good Woman On Your Mind / The House Of Blue Lights Part 1 / Four Women / Steady Roller / Homemade Love / But I Forgive You Blues / Shut Your Mouth / The House Of Blue Lights Part 2
1977 LP 12" VERSATILE NED 1123 (US) FUNKY YO-YO - Yo-Yo (Part 1) / I Don't Think I Can Make It / Three Time Loser / An Ugly Woman (Is Twice As Sweet) / Yo-Yo (Part 2) / Love Is Sweeter On The Other Side / You Can't Get Something For Nothing / Your Love Has Got To Me
1987 LP 12" TOPLINE TOP 137 (UK) SWEET THANG - Sweet Thang / Daddy Please Don't Go Tonight / Why Did You Put Your Shoes Under My Bed / Stop By / Bad Luck / Hitching A Ride / Standing In The Grits Line / In The Sweet Bye And Bye / Ain't Nothing A Young Girl Can Do / If Ther's A Wll There's A Way / What's In The Headlines
1988 LP 12" MERCURY 836 030-1 (US)

CHECKIN' IN WITH DON COVAY - It's Better To Have (And Don't Need) / I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' In / Hot Blood / We Can't Make It No More / Hold You To Your Promise / Rumble In The Jungle / Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste / Overtime Man / Somebody's Been Enjoying My Home / Money (That's What I Want) / I Stayed Away Too Long / Memphis / Leave Him / Dungeon #3 / There's Something On Your Mind

10/1994 CD RAZOR & TIE 82053 (US) MERCY MERCY - THE DEFINITIVE DON COVAY - Bip Bop Bip / Pony Time / Come See About Me / (Where Are You) Now That I Need You / Mercy Mercy / Take This Hurt Off Me / Daddy Loves Baby / Usual Place / Please Do Something / Woman's Love / See Saw / Sookie, Sookie / Iron Out The Rough Spots / Watching The Late, Late Show / Temptation Was Too Strong / It's In The Wind / You've Got Me On The Critical List / I Stole Some Love / Overtime Man / I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' In / It's Better To Have (And Don't Need) / We Can't Make It No More / No Tell Motel
09/2000 CD CANNONBALL CBD-29116 (US) ADLIB - DON COVAY & FRIENDS - Don Covay Boogie / Mercy Mercy / One Stop Woman / Nine Times A Man / Chill Factory / Red Comb Song / Chain Of Fools / Victims / B.Y.O.B. / He Don't Know (Otis CLAY) / Poontang / Hall Of Fame / Podium / Three Time Loser / Don Covay Boogie (slight reprise)
03/2002 CD CLASSIC WORLD 2026 (US) YOUR LOVE HAD GOT TO ME - Yo-Yo / I Don't Think I Can Make It / Three Time Loser / Ugly Woman, An (Is Twice As Sweet) / Yo-Yo Part II / Love Is Sweeter On The Other Side / You Can't Get Something For Nothing / Your Love Had Got To Me
11/2004 CD KOCH 8186 (US) MERCY ! / SEE SAW - Mercy, Mercy / I'll Be Satisfied / Come On In / Can't Stay Away / Can't Fight It Baby / You're Good For Me / Take This Hurt Off Me / Daddy Loves Baby / Come See About Me / You Must Believe In Me / Please Don't Let Me Know / Just Because / See-Saw / The Boomerang / Everything Gonna Be Everything / Fat Man / Precious You / Iron Out The Rough Spots / Please Do Something / I Never Get Enough Of Your Love / The Usual Place / A Woman's Love / Sookie Sookie
04/2006 CD SHOUT! FACTORY SHOUT 25 (US) FUNKY YO-YO - Three Time Loser / Love Is Sweeter (On The Other Side) / I Don't Think I Can Make It / Yo Yo, Pt. 1 / Yo Yo, Pt. 2 / Your Love Has Got To Me / You Can't Get Something For Nothin' / An Ugly Woman (Is Twice As Sweet) / Standing In The Grits Line / In The Sweet Bye & Bye / Ain't Nothing A Young Girl Can Do / If There's A Will There's A Way / What's In The Headlines
2007 CD WARNER PLATINUM 8122-79994-8 (UK) THE PLATINUM COLLECTION - Seesaw / Mercy Mercy / Come On In / Take This Hurt Off Me / Sookie Sookie / The Boomerang / Please Do Something / Sweet Pea (Don't Love Nobody But Herself) / Everything I Do Goin' Be Funky / You Must Believe Me / Fat Man / Iron Out The Rough Spots / Come See About Me / You're Good For Me / Mad Dog Blues / But I Forgive You / Key To The Highway / I'll Be Satisfied / I Never Get Enough Of Your Love / The Usual Place / A Women's Love / Precious Love

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