Soul Singer Don Covay Dies, Aged 76

4 February 2015, 10:04

Don Covay

Soul singer Don Covay has died at the age of 76.

Reports in the Washington Post state he passed away on Saturday (January 31) at a hospital in New York City after recently suffering a stroke.

Covay is best known for recording classic 1960s tracks including 'Mercy, Mercy' and 'See Saw'.

Covay wrote songs for artists including Solomon Burke (‘I'm Hanging Up My Heart for You’), Gladys Knight and the Pips (‘Letter Full of Tears’), Little Richard (‘I Don't Know What You've Got but It's Got Me’) and Wilson Pickett (‘I'm Gonna Cry’). He also wrote songs for Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding.

Covay released his final album Ad Lib in 2000, which saw him collaborate with Rolling Stones guitarists Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards, as well as Paul Rodgers and Wilson Pickett.

Listen to 'Mercy, Mercy' below: