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The Endless Note

Sunday Sounds – Percy Mayfield

A masterful songwriter whose touching blues ballad “Please Send Me Someone to Love,” a multi-layered universal lament, was a number one R&B hit in 1950, Percy Mayfield had the world by the tail until a horrific 1952 auto wreck left him facially disfigured. That didn’t stop the poet laureate of the blues from writing in a prolific fashion, though. As Ray Charles’ favorite scribe during the ’60s, he handed the Genius such gems as “Hit the Road Jack” and “At the Club.”

Art Rupe’s Specialty logo signed Mayfield in 1950 and he scored a solid string of R&B smashes over the next couple of years. the aforementioned “Please Send Me Someone to Love” and its equally potent flip “Strange Things Happening” were followed in the charts by “Lost Love,” “What a Fool I Was,” “Prayin’ for Your Return,” “Cry Baby,” and “Big Question,” cementing Mayfield’s reputation as a blues balladeer of the highest order.

Even though his touring was drastically curtailed after the accident, Mayfield hung in there as a Specialty artist through 1954, switching to Chess in 1955-1956 and Imperial in 1959. Charles proved thankful enough for Mayfield’s songwriting genius to sign him to his Tangerine logo in 1962; over the next five years, the singer waxed a series of inexorably classy outings, many with Brother Ray’s band (notably “My Jug and I” in 1964 and “Give Me Time to Explain” the next year). It’s a rare veteran blues artist indeed who hasn’t taken a whack at one or more Mayfield copyrights. Mayfield himself persisted into the ’70s, scoring minor chart items for RCA and Atlantic while performing on a limited basis until his 1984 death. ~ Bill Dahl, All Music Guide

“Please Send Me Someone To Love” – Percy Mayfield

Heaven please send to all mankind,
Understanding and peace of mind.
But, if it’s not asking too much
Please send me someone to love.

Show all the world how to get along,
Peace will enter when hate is gone.
But, if it’s not asking too much,
Please send me someone to love.

I lay awake night and ponder world troubles.
My answer is always the same.
That unless men put an end to all of this,
Hate will put the world in a flame, (oh) what a shame.
Just because I’m in misery.
I’m not begging for no sympathy.
But if it’s not asking too much,
Just send me someone to love.

Heaven please send to all mankind,
Understanding and peace of mind.
But if it’s not asking too much,
Please send me someone to love.

Learn to love me or leave me, either one you wanna do
Learn to love me or leave me, either one you wanna do
Because strange things are happenin’, babe, an’ somethin’ might happen to you

If you know you don’t love me, why don’t you let me be?
If you know you don’t love me, why don’t you let me be?
Because it’s better to be without you, then to live on in misery

Hey!

Midnight find me cryin’, daylight find me cryin’, too
Midnight find me cryin’, daylight find me cryin’, too
You better change your ways pretty baby or somethin’ might happen to you

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April 25, 2010 - Posted by | Jazz Vocal, Old Music |

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