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"Cupid" is a song by American singer Sam Cooke, released on May 16, 1961. It charted at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 20 on the Hot R&B Sides chart; the track performed best in the United Kingdom, peaking at number seven on the UK Singles Chart. Cooke's producers had asked him to write a song for a girl they had seen on a Perry Como TV show — but once they heard her sing, they kept "Cupid" for Cooke himself. It was Cooke's idea to drop in the sound of an arrow being fired "straight to my lover's heart."[1] Personnel on the recording included Cooke's session regulars Clifton White and Rene Hall on guitar, Clifford Hills on bass, Earl Palmer on drums and Joseph Gibbons on guitar and banjo.

Cupid Sam Cooke.jpg
Single by Sam Cooke
B-side"Farewell My Darling"
ReleasedMay 16, 1961 (1961-05-16)
Format7-inch single
RecordedApril 14, 1961
StudioRCA Studio 1, Hollywood, California
GenreRhythm and blues
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Sam Cooke
Producer(s)Luigi Creatore
Sam Cooke singles chronology
"That's It, I Quit, I'm Moving On"
"Feel It"

"Cupid" was ranked at number 452 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". AllMusic critic Bill Janovitz described the track as a "perfect pop song" which combines "Latin, R&B, jazz, and mainstream pop elements".[2]


Cover versionsEdit


  • This song was also featured in the 1987 movie Innerspace starring Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid.
  • A reference to this song is found in the chorus of the song "Sleepwalker" by The Wallflowers: Cupid, don't draw back your bow / Sam Cooke didn't know what I know.
  • The Siege of Jadotville features "Cupid" naturally but prominently in an early scene between the lead Commandant and his wife.

Charts and certificationsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1961) Peak
UK Singles Chart[7] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 17
US Hot R&B Sides (Billboard)[8] 20
Chart (1976 – Tony Orlando and Dawn) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 22
Chart (1980 – The Spinners) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 17
Canada RPM Top Singles 20
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[10] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 4
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[11] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 5
UK Singles Chart 4
Chart (2008) Peak
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 49


  1. ^ "500 Greatest Songs of All Time: Sam Cooke, 'Cupid'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  2. ^ Janovitz, Bill. "Cupid - Sam Cooke". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 333. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Čtyřicet Hitů od A do Z, Pavel Bobek, liner notes, 2006.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 545.
  6. ^ "HOJ Songs". Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  7. ^ "Sam Cooke - Artist - Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Sam Cooke – Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  10. ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, August 2, 1980
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 225.

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