“Hold on, I’m coming” released 50 years ago this month
It was March 1966 and two young singers were slowly making their mark on music history.
Isaac Hayes and Dave Porter, the song-writing Stax Records duo, collaborated on the lyrics that made Sam and Dave the sensations that they were. As the story goes, Porter was in the bathroom and Hayes yelled to him to hurry up so that they could get back to writing.
Porter yelled back: “Hold on, I’m Coming.”
He immediately latched on to the phrase and the two writers penned Sam and Dave’s first big hit.
It was followed a year later by an even bigger hit: “Soul Man.”
While Hayes and Porter provided masterful lyrics, everyone agrees it was Sam and Dave’s call and response gospel style performance and stage presence that made their songs so popular to audiences.
Today, tracks from Sam and Dave hits can be heard in the backdrop of scores of movies, especially those about the Viet Nam war.
Here’s to 50 years of “holding on.”