Don Covay, 1936 — 2015

Don Covay, 1936 -- 2015

Singer and songwriter Don Covay (Donald James Randolph) died last week at the age of 78. The best-known of his many compositions is “Chain of Fools,” a hit for Aretha Franklin.

Don Covay sang with his family’s Gospel quartet and The Rainbows in Washington DC before moving to New York and fronting Don Covay and the Goodtimers and recording as a solo artist. His song “Mercy Mercy” was later recorded by his British admirers the Rolling Stones.


“Don Covay, soul singer of ‘Mercy, Mercy,’ dies at 78,”  Terence McArdle , Washington Post

“Don Covay, Performer and Writer of R&B Hits, Dies at 78,” Bruce Weber, New York Times

“Don Covay, Influential R&B Artist and Songwriter, Dead at 78,” Kory Grow, Rolling Stone


“A chip off the old block: A son of a D.C. R&B legend entertains fans outside Nats Park,” John Kelly, Washington Post


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