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- Posted on Mar 23rd 2007 5:00PM by Gaylord Fields
One of Stax Records' biggest hits owes its inspiration to one of the smallest rooms at the legendary soul label's Memphis studio. In 1966, the Stax in-house songwriting team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter were collaborating in an attempt to compose a smash for the recently signed duo Sam and Dave, who thus far had only fleeting success on the R&B charts.
The two songwriters toiled for hours, attempting to devise a song with a memorable hook to present to the singing duo. But not long after hitting a dry spell, Porter excused himself to use the restroom facilities. Hayes, itching to get back to work, noticed that Porter's bathroom break was taking quite a long time and went on a search for him. Upon reaching the john, Hayes yelled at Porter through the doors to hurry the hell up, as he's eager to finish writing. Porter bellowed back to his impatient partner, "Hold on -- I'm comin'!" They instantly recognized that Porter's anguished cry was the hook they were looking for, which was borne out when Sam and Dave's 'Hold On! I'm Comin'' whooshed to an R&B No. 1 position.