First recorded by Otis Williams & His Charms (1959).
Hit versions by Ray Charles (US #9/R&B #1 1961), Joe Cocker (US #11/UK #46 1987 |UK #17 1992).
From the wiki: “‘Unchain My Heart’ was written by Bobby Sharp, and first recorded in 1960 by Otis Williams & His Charms, and produced by Sharp and Teddy Powell, in 1959 for King Records with no apparent chart impact. Sharp, a drug addict at the time, sold half the songwriting credit to Powell for $50. In 1963 Sharp sold the other half for $1.000. Sharp later successfully fought for the full rights to his song. In 1987, he was also able to renew the copyright to ‘Unchain My Heart’ for his own publishing company, B. Sharp Music. After the success of the Ray Charles arrangement, Williams’ recording was re-released by King Records in 1964.
“The song became a hit for Ray Charles when released as a single in late 1961. Accompanied by his Raelettes, Charles’ band also included longtime saxophonist David ‘Fathead’ Newman. The song was further popularized by Joe Cocker when he named his 1987 album after the song. The promotional single nudged the US Top 10 in 1987, and also charted in the UK. Cocker’s recording was re-released in 1992 and, second time around, reached #17 on the UK Singles chart.”
Ray Charles, “Unchain My Heart” (1961):
Joe Cocker, “Unchain My Heart” (1987):