Sam & Dave

Hold On! I'm Comin'

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Inspiration for a song can strike anywhere, including while you're in the john. At least that's what happened in the case of "Hold on I'm Comin'." While songwriter/producer David Porter was answering the call of nature, his partner Isaac Hayes yelled at him to come out so they could get back to work. Porter responded, "Hold on man, I'm coming." Feeling the beginnings of a hit song, Porter hastily exited, telling Hayes that that's a great title for a song. Staff songwriters for Stax Records, Hayes and Porter had success with the singing duo Sam & Dave with "You Don't Know Like I Know," a number seven R&B hit. With the backing of Booker T. & the MG's, "Hold on I'm Comin'" became their first million-seller, going to number one R&B and number 21 pop in the summer of 1966. Some read sexual innuendo in the title of the song. The Hold on I'm Comin' LP went to number one R&B, number 45 pop, and included "You Don't Know Like I Know" and "I Take What I Want," one of Sam & Dave's first Stax singles.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sam & Dave 1966 Collectors' Choice Music
This Is Soul [Atlantic] 1968
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK 2:37
21 Golden Gate Greats (Vol 2) 1969
Various Artists
Take 6 Inc.
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Rhino
Sweet and Funky Gold 1976 Hollywood 2:28
20 Party Classics 1986
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 2:43
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:28
Top of the Stax: Twenty Greatest Hits 1988
Various Artists
Stax 2:29
Rhythm & Blues: 1966 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The Complete Stax/Volt Singles, 1959-1968 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:30
Sweat 'n' Soul: Anthology (1965-1971) 1993 Atlantic / Rhino 0:00
Soul Hits, Vol. 1 [Rhino] 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
Jock Rock, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:28
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Rhino
Number Ones of the 1970s: Best of Rhythm & Blues 1996
Various Artists
Richmond 2:26
Soul Man [Remember] 1996 Remember Records 2:39
Four by Four, Vol. 4 1996
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:31
Groovin' Greats: Hits of the 60's, Vol. 7 1996
Various Artists
Creative Sounds 2:30
Only Dance 1965-1969 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 2:38
Soul Collection [Madacy #1] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:39
Soul Man & Other Hits 1997 Flashback Records 2:39
Soul 60's 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:32
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Relativity 2:29
This Is Soul: Romantic Soul 1997
Various Artists
Pegasus 2:40
Ultimate 60's Soul Sensations 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
Old School Soul 1998
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:34
Soul Legends: The Classic Collections of Sweet Soul 1998
Various Artists
Master 2:25
Blues & Soul Bible 1998
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill
Best of Soul [Soul Disciples] 1998
Various Artists
Soul Disciples 2:35
The Greatest Hits of Sam & Dave [Eagle] 1998 Eagle Records 2:38
Hold On, I'm Comin' [Rivie're] 1999 Riviere International Records 2:33
DJ Don's Party Mix: Party Time 1999
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness / Dance) 2:38
No Image 1999 The Entertainers (Italy) 2:38
No Image 1999
Various Artists
King 2:22
Soul Emotions 1999
Various Artists
The Ultimate Music Collection 2:20
Back to Back 2000 Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:41
Millennium Soul Hits 2000
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:41
Soul Connections [Boxsets] 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 2:36
Big Soul Hits 2000 Metro 2:24
The Stax Story 2000
Various Artists
Stax 2:29
Rock N' Roll Reunion: 1960 to 1969 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:41
Eleven Best 2001 Golden Music / Cleopatra 2:37
R&B Hits [Direct Source] 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:26
Mega Soul 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:21
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:32
Sam & Dave [Platinum Disc] 2001 Platinum Disc 2:39
Jukebox Hits 1966 [Madacy Single Disc] 2001
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:42
The Best of Soul [Boxsets 2002] 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:36
The Number 1 Soul Collection 2002
Various Artists
Dominion Entertainment / K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:38
Jukebox Hits 1966 [Madacy 2 CD] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:42
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1966 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:41
I Thank You [Brentwood] 2002 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 2:39
Old School Box of Soul 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:36
The Essentials 2002 Rhino / Warner Music 2:36
The Hit Box, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 2:37
Gold Collection: R&B Favorites 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:36
Soul: Hold On! I'm A-Comin' 2002 Brilliant / Digimode Entertainment 2:23
Southern Soul 2003 Prism Leisure 2:37
Twogether Soul 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:37
Old School R&B 2003
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:32
All the 60's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:35
Ultimate Soul [Madacy] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:37
Hit Box 2, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 2:37
The Ultimate Soul Collection, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:36
All Your Rhythm & Blues Favorites [16 Tracks] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:38
Shadows of Soul 2003
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:36
Simply the Best Platinum Soul 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:33
Rock N' Roll Hits Of The 60s [Disc 3] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:38
The Best of Sam & Dave [Delta] 2004 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:36
Gold Collection: Soul Collection 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:37
Beg, Scream & Shout!: Vol. 3 2004
Various Artists
Rhino 2:37
The Best of Sam and Dave [Master Classic] 2004 MCS Records / Master Classic 2:38
Soul Man & Other Favorites [Collectables] 2004 Collectables 2:39
20 Best Hits of the 60s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:35
Hold On, I'm Comin' [Dynamic] 2004 Dynamic 2:40
Super Hits 1967: The Summer of Love 2004
Various Artists
Gusto Records / King 2:26
Dance With Me 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:36
Percy Sledge and Sam & Dave 2004 Platinum Disc 2:39
Timeless Soul 2005
Various Artists
Northquest 2:36
Tracks of My Tears [Columbia River] 2005
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:36
1960's Happy Days [2005 #3] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:35
A Soul Anthology [RNB] 2005
Various Artists
RNB Entertainment Group 2:36
R&B Soul 2005 Direct Source 2:36
All That Soul 2005
Various Artists
WEA / Warner 2:35
Sexy Soul: R&B Soul 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:36
Ultimate 16: Ultimate Soul 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:37
Night on the Town [K-Tel UK] 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:40
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6: 1965-1967 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:33
Golden Legends: Soul Legends 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:35
The Definitive Soul Collection 2006 Rhino 0:00
The Best of R&B [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:35
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:33
Stax/Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968, Vol. 9 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:37
Talk to Me 2007
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic 2:32
American Gangster [Original Soundtrack] 2007
Original Soundtrack
Def Jam / Roc-A-Fella 2:31
This Is Stadium Anthems 2007
Various Artists
Dead Line Music 2:35
Only in America: Atlantic Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:37
Sweet Soul Music: 1966 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:30
100 Hits: Sixties Pop 2010
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:36
Stax Number Ones 2010
Various Artists
Stax 2:28
Atlantic Soul Legends : 20 Original Albums From the Iconic Atlantic Label 2012
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros. 2:31
Soul: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 2:34
Party Rock 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:39
100 Greatest Breakfast Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 2:37
100 Greatest Motivation Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 2:37
No Image
Various Artists
Rhino
21 Super Golden Oldies
Various Artists
Bescol
300 Hits: Soul
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:42
Due Date
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Watertower Music 2:31
Introducing...Soul
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music / WSM 2:34
Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame, Vol. 18: Hold on (I'm Coming)
Various Artists
Legacy 2:40
Soulful Mornings
Various Artists
Rhino 2:37
No Image
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
Sweet Soul Music [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:34
Sweet Soul Music [Single] K-Tel Distribution
The Best Ever Road Trip
Various Artists
Rhino
The Greatest Ever... Party Album
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:44