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Don Covay

voc, g, 1936-2015 US, Orangeburg, South Carolina
Singer / Songwriter of R&B/Soul
A.k.a. Donald James Randolph Donald Randolph Pretty Boy (5)

Don Covay (born March 24, 1938, Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA - died January 30, 2015, Franklin Square, New York, USA) was an American R&B, rock and roll, blues and soul singer and songwriter. He initially sang in his family's gospel quartet and then founded the doo-wop group The Rainbows (3). He was an important figure in the soul music explosion of the 1960's as a writer and performer. His first big hit was Pony Time by Chubby Checker (1961) and he also wrote the Aretha Franklin hits See-Saw (co-written with Steve Cropper) and Chain Of Fools.

        
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Rock
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
Mercy, Mercy on Mercy! by Don Covay
See Saw on See Saw by Don Covay
Everything I Do Goin' Be Funky on The Platinum Collection by Don Covay
It's Better To Have (And Don't Need) on Checkin' In With Don Covay by Don Covay
Sookie, Sookie on See Saw by Don Covay
Feelings on Travelin' In Heavy Traffic by Don Covay
I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' In on Checkin' In With Don Covay by Don Covay
Can't Stay Away on Mercy! by Don Covay
Come See About Me on Mercy! by Don Covay
Hot Blood on Checkin' In With Don Covay by Don Covay

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Rockin' And Doowoppin'Don Covay2015Compil.
Super BadDon Covay2009Compil.
The Platinum CollectionDon Covay2007Compil.
Pretty Boy Rock & RollDon Covay2004Single
& Friends - AdlibDon Covay2000Album
Mercy / See-SawDon Covay2000Compil.
Mercy Mercy: The Definitive Don CovayDon Covay1994Compil.
Checkin' In With Don CovayDon Covay1988Compil.
See Saw / Mercy, Mercy / Last Night / Soul FingerDon Covay / The Mar-Keys / Bar-Kays1980Single
Badd BoyDon Covay1980Album
Funky Yo-YoDon Covay1977Album
(Back To The Roots) Part I / (Back To The Roots) Part IIDon Covay1977Single
No Tell Motel / Right Time For LoveDon Covay1976Single
Travelin' In Heavy TrafficDon Covay1976Album
Travelin' In Heavy Traffic / Once You Had ItDon Covay1976Single
Ooh My Soul / If You See Mary LeeDon Covay / The Rainbows1975Single
It's Better To Have (And Don't Need)Don Covay1974Single
Hot BloodDon Covay1974Album
Rumble In The Jungle / We Can't Make It No MoreDon Covay1974Single
I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' In / Money (That's What I Want)Don Covay1973Single
Memphis / Leave Him (Part 1)Don Covay1973Single
Super Dude IDon Covay1973Album
Bad Mouthing / I Was Checking Out, She Was Checking InDon Covay1973Single
DJ Promo Maxi E.P, - VariousDale Hawkins / Don Covay / Detroit Emeralds / Cissy Houston1973Single
Somebody's Been Enjoying My Home / Bad MouthingDon Covay1973Single
The Overtime ManDon Covay1972Single
Everything I Do Goin' Be Funky / Key To The HighwayDon Covay1970Single
Sookie SookieDon Covay1969Single
Shingaling '67 / I Was ThereDon Covay1967Single
Sookie SookieDon Covay1966Single
Mercy Mercy / Sookie SookieDon Covay1966Single
Sookie, Sookie / See-SawDon Covay1966Single
Solid Gold Soul (America's Great Soul Singers)Solomon Burke, Don Covay, Ben E. King, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Joe Tex1966Compil.
See SawDon Covay1966Album
See Saw / I Never Get Enough Of Your LoveDon Covay1965Single
You're Good For Me / Truth of the LightDon Covay1965Single
Daddy Loves Baby / The BoomerangDon Covay1965Single
Please Don't Let Me KnowDon Covay1965Single
Take This Hurt Off MeDon Covay1964Single
The Froog / One Little Boy Had MoneyDon Covay1964Single
Wiggle WobbleDon Covay1963Single
Ain't That Silly / Turn It OnDon Covay1963Single
The Popeye WaddleDon Covay1960Single
I'm Coming Down With The Blues / Hey ThereDon Covay1960Single
Beauty And The BeastDon Covay1960Single
Believe It Or NotDon Covay1958Single
Feelin' No Pain / It's Better To Have (And Don't Need)The Del-Satins / Don CovaySingle
Mercy Mercy / Hold On I'm CominDon Covay, Sam & DaveSingle
"Ooh! My Soul" (The Rockin' Years)Don CovayCompil.
Sookie SookieDon CovaySingle
It's Better To Have (And Don't Need) / I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' InDon CovaySingle
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