|"Need Your Love So Bad"|
|Single by Little Willie John|
|B-side||"Home at Last"|
|Format||10" 78 rpm single|
|Recorded||New York City, September 28, 1955|
|Label||King (Cat. no. 4841)|
|Songwriter(s)||Mertis John Jr.|
"Need Your Love So Bad", sometimes known as "I Need Your Love So Bad", is a blues song first published and recorded by Little Willie John in 1955. It was written by Mertis John Jr., Little Willie John's older brother.
The first recording of the song was by Mertis John's younger brother, Little Willie John, and was released by King Records. Willie John's single achieved No. 5 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1956 and the B-side "Home at Last" reached No. 6 in the same chart. While using the AABA form and a harmonic layout typical for the R&B ballad, "Need Your Love So Bad" has been described as "A tightly wound and intense plea for love, [...] quite different from the usual R&B ballad fare".
The songwriting credit has often been incorrectly attributed to Little Willie John. An example of this is the 1969 Fleetwood Mac album The Pious Bird of Good Omen, on which the original label gave the credit to Little Willie John. The performing rights organisation BMI credits the song to both John brothers.
Little Willie John's version of the song was used in the soundtrack to the film Wonder Boys in 2000. The song has also appeared on various compilation albums, such as The Very Best of Little Willie John, released in 2001 by Collectables Records as a CD.
Recordings by other artists
- Fleetwood Mac subsequently released a cover of the song as a single, which reached No. 31 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1968, and No. 12 in The Netherlands. The song was reissued in the United Kingdom in 1973 as a double A-sided single with the re-release of "Albatross". This re-release was part of a CBS Records series entitled "Hall of Fame Hits". It went to number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.
- Gary Moore included the song on Blues for Greeny (1995), a tribute album to Peter Green. This version was also released as a single in June 1995, reaching No. 48 in the UK Singles Chart.
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