Our radio Sam Cooke sent pop tunes, designed to ‘cross over’ and appeal to a wider audience, dancing from our hi-fi speakers. But, Sam Cooke also recorded some bluesy, smoky room, chit’lin circuit, slow-drag-across-the-floor tunes that reminds us why he was known as the King of Soul and The Man Who Invented Soul.
Born January 22, 1931, Sam Cooke was one of the first (if not THE first) Black artists to own his own record label, publishing imprint and management firm. He wrote most of the songs he recorded; oversaw some of the song arrangements; and groomed other up-and-coming artists. His talent was undeniable. His death, at the age of 33, was mysterious, senseless and tragic.
I’ve included some of his pop tunes that were so popular when I was growing up. But, I’ve also included some of his more soulful ballads. My favorite is “For Sentimental Reasons” – definitely not the version I heard growing up. I can just picture my Mom and Dad, slow-dragging across the floor.
Today marks the first anniversary of the day my Mom joined Dad at his stage-side table on the Night Shift. I miss them terribly. This is my Valentine to them.
I hope they’re dancing.
1. Cupid – Solo
3. Cupid – Sam Cooke
4. You Send Me – Sam Cooke
5. You Send Me – The Ovations (featuring Louis Williams)
6. There I’ve Said It Again – Sam Cooke
7. Darling, I Need You Now – Sam Cooke
8. Bring It on Home to Me – The Drifters/Sam Cooke
10. For Sentimental Reasons – Sam Cooke
11. Get Yourself Another Fool – Sam Cooke
12. Falling In Love – Sam Cooke
13. Angel Turner
14. Only Sixteen – Sam Cooke
15. Try A Little Tenderness – Sam Cooke
16. Tenderness – Sam Cooke
17. Chains Of Love – Sam Cooke
19. Touching Me – The Ovations (featuring Louis Williams)
20. Cry Me A River – Sam Cooke
21. Fool’s Paradise – Sam Cooke
22. Smoke Rings – Sam Cooke
23. Mr. Fresh
24. Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke
25. Send Me Some Lovin’ – Sam Cooke
26. These Foolish Things – Sam Cooke
27. You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Loves You – Sam Cooke
29. Lovable – Sam Cooke
30. You Send Me – The Manhattans