Writer and Performer: Sam Cooke
Original Release: May 16, 1961
Originally, Sam Cooke's RCA Victor producers asked him to write a song for a woman they'd seen on TV. Then they heard her sing and were less than impressed. "Cupid" became Cooke's song after all. Adding the "shoop" sound of the arrow flying was his idea. While the song only rose to #17 on the pop chart at the time, history has been kinder. Rolling Stone put "Cupid" at #452 on its all-time list in 2011.
Not surprisingly, there have been numerous interesting covers in the years since. The Supremes, from their Sam Cooke tribute album following his death:
Johnny Nash's rocksteady/reggae version:
"Úsvit," a Czech translation performed by Pavel Bobek:
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