The famous American R&B/rock and roll/soul music performer and songwriter most active in the 1950s and 1960s earned his Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1994. Relive 7 Classic Hits From Don Covay:
First recorded by Don Covay in 1964 which established his career. Instantly a hit reaching number one on the Cash Box R&B chart and number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Several.
Composed by Don Covay and Steve Cropper released in 1965 for Atlantic Records. The song entered the U.S. R&B chart sitting at No. 5 and No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It’s Better To Have (And Don’t Need)
One of his most successful recordings along with Mercy, Mercy released in 1974.
Penned by Don Covay along with John Berry that was originally recorded in 1960 by Covay with his group at the time, the Goodtimers. The song was his second US #1 (after his 1960 single “The Twist”) with Chubby Checker.
Standing In The Doorway
The song that presented him again as Don “Pretty Boy” Covay. Covay released the song as a single in 1959 for Herb Abramson’s Blaze label.
Beauty And The Beast
Composed by Sid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett and performed by Don Covay in 1960. Originally issued on single, and was a highlight on the compilation album ‘Rockin’ And Doowoppin’ (The Early Years)’.
Penned by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and first performed by John Raitt. Covay recorded it in 1960 and was also included on the compilation album ‘Rockin’ And Doowoppin’ (The Early Years)’.