Rescue Me (Fontella Bass)

7 JANUARY 1966


Fontella Bass’ single ‘Rescue Me’ dipped out of the UK Top 10. This great slab of brassy and bassy Chicago soul reached #4 on the US Billboard charts (and #1 on the R&B charts).

‘Rescue Me' was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago, and with its heavy bass and brass, the sound was much more Stax than Motown.

Fontella had a handful of top 30 hits in the US during ’65-’66, and this was her biggest.

The video above features an excellent live vocal performance from Fontella.

B-side: 'Soul of the Man'
Recorded: Chess Studios, Chicago
Released: 25 September 1965
Highest chart position: #11 (UK), #4 (US)
Length: 2:51
Label: Chess
Writers: Raynard Miner, Carl Smith; Fontella Bass (disputed)
Producer: Billy Davis

Rescue Me (Fontella Bass)

'Rescue me
Take me in your arms
Rescue me
I want your tender charm
'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 charm
'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 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'