Fontella Bass Rescue Me

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Fontella Bass Rescue Me

Fontella Bass Rescue Me

R&B Music

The song is credited to Raynard Miner and Carl Smith. Fontella Bass says that she was working on the session that created the song, along with arranger Phil Wright, she was not credited. Minnie Riperton (“Lovin’ You) provided the background vocals.  The studio band included drummer Maurice White and bassist Louis Satterfield (later of Earth, Wind & Fire). In 1965, the song went to #1 on the R&B chart, #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #11 in the U.K. It was the biggest hit of Bass’s career. And a stellar soulful performance it is.

There have been numerous covers of “Rescue Me,” including versions by Linda Ronstadt, Cher, Melissa Manchester, Stars, Tom Jones, Diana Ross, Leslie Uggams, Pat Benatar, and many others. The song has been used in various advertising campaigns, including ones for American Express and L’Oréal. Pizza  Hut used a take-off of the song with Aretha Franklin singing “Delliver Me.” The song has been popular in films, too, and has been featured in In the Army Now, A Cinderella Story, Air America, Best, I Robot, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, and Sister Act.

Fontella Bass was  born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother was gospel singer Martha Bass, who was a member of the Clara Ward Singers. She is also the older sister of R&B and gospel singer David Peaston.  Fontella was a singer and a pianist. She recorded with numerous labels and toured and performed for many decades, from 1961 to 2012.

Here are the lyrics to “Rescue Me” by Fontella Bass:

Rescue me
Take me in your arms
Rescue me
I want your tender charms
‘Cause I’m lonely
And I’m blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me

Come on, baby, and rescue me
Come on, baby, and rescue me
‘Cause I need you by my side
Can’t you see that I’m lonely

Rescue me
Come on and take my heart
Take your love and conquer every part
‘Cause I’m lonely
And I’m blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me

Come on, baby, and rescue me
Come on, baby, and rescue me
‘Cause I need you by my side
Can’t you see that I’m lonely

Rescue me
Take me in your arms
Rescue me
I want your tender charms
‘Cause I’m lonely
And I’m blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me (come on baby)

Take me baby (take me baby)
Hold me baby (hold me baby)
Love me baby (love me baby)
Can’t you see that I need you baby
Can’t you see that I’m lonely

Rescue me
Come on and take my hand
C’mon, baby and be my man
‘Cause I love you
‘Cause I want you
Can’t you see that I’m lonely

Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Take me baby (take me baby)
Love me baby (love me baby)
Need me baby (need me baby)
Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Can’t you see that I’m lonely
Rescue me
Rescue me
Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm…

Check Out The Groove Pad for More 1960s Music

The Pass the Paisley Groove Pad is a resting stop, a place to chill out and listen to the featured song on the stereo. If the mood strikes you, click on the juke box to access and listen to the 50+ free online songs there. The TV has several channels, with selections updated twice a week. Every now and then, Pass the Paisley hosts an all-request of 1960s and 1970s songs for a Be-In at the juke box in the Groove Pad. Keep on truckin’. Hope you enjoyed “Rescue Me” by Fontella Bass.

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