SAM COOKE

"The Riddle Song" live


SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

Sam Cooke was born in Clarksdale, MS, on January 22, 1931

Sam Cooke is usually regarded as one of the inventors of soul music. As the son of a baptist minister he frequently sang in the choir in his father's church. It was obvious that he possessed an extraordinary voice.

In his teenage years he was in various vocal groups and had great interest in both gospel and popular music. In 1950 he joined the gospel group the Soul Stirrers. During the next 6 years he recorded frequently with this group.

Around 1955-56 Cooke felt like seeking a career in popular music and he began recording as a solo artist. His first single under the pseudonym Dale Cooke. He signed with the label Keen and recorded some very succesful singles like "You Send Me", "Only Sixteen" and "Wonderful World". With elements of R&B, gospel and pop he was beginning to establish a new sound that would eventually develop into soul.

In the 1960īs Cooke had signed with big label RCA and continued to record and release higly succesfull singles and albums. In 1963 2 live-albums were recorded. At the peak of his creativity he was tragically shot dead in December 1964, under mysterious circumstances. His latest recordings 1962-64 are probably his strongest and most enduring. Songs like "Shake", "A Change is Gonna Come", "Bring it on Home to Me" and "Ainīt that Good News" are from that period.


Discography:


1. The Soul Stirrers, Featuring Sam Cooke - Speciality SP-2106 - 1959

Tracks:
1. Wonderful / 2. Be With Me Jesus / 3. The Love Of God / 4. Come And Go To That Land / 5. By And By, Part 2 / 6. He'll Welcome Me / 7. Touch The Hem Of His Garment / 8. It Won't Be Very Long / 9. Sinner Run To Jesus / 10. Let Me Go Home / 11. Feel Like My Time Ain't Long / 12. I'm So Glad
Rating : 5


2. The Gospel Soul of Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers, Volume 1 - Speciality SPS-2116 - 1969 ( early recordings )

Tracks:
1. Jesus Wash Away My Troubles / 2. Jesus I'll Never Forget / 3. Nearer To Thee / 4. One More River / 5. Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone / 6. Any Day Now / 7. He's My Friend Until The End / 8. I'm Gonna Build On That Shore / 9. Just Another Day / 10. Someday Somewhere / 11. Jesus Paid The Debt 12. /Peace In The Valley
Rating : 4


3. The 2 Sides of Sam Cooke - Speciality SPS-2119 - 1970 ( early recordings )

Tracks:
1. The Last Mile Of The Way / 2. Touch The Hem Of His Garment / 3. Jesus Gave Me Water / 4. Were You There / 5. Pilgrim Of Sorrow / 6. He's My Guide /7. I'll Come Running Back To You / 8. I Don't Want To Cry / 9. Lovable / 10. That's All I Need To Know / 11. Forever / 12. Happy In Love
Rating : 6

4. Gospel Soul of Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers, Volume 2 - Speciality SPS-2128 - 1970 ( early recordings )

Tracks:
1. Christ Is All / 2. Wonderful / 3. Until Jesus Calls Me Home / 4. Come And Go To That Land / 5. Let Me Go Home / 6. I'm So Glad (Trouble Don't Last Always) / 7. I'm On the Firing Line / 8. He'll Make A Way / 9. Be With Me Jesus / 10. It Won't Be Very Long / 11. How Far Am I From Canaan / 12. Farther Along
Rating : 4


5. Sam Cooke - Keen - A-2001 - 1957

Tracks:
1. You Send Me / 2. The Lonesome Road / 3. Tammy / 4. Ol' Man River / 5. Moonlight In Vermont / 6. Canadian Sunset / 7. Summertime / 8. Around the World / 9. Ain't Misbehavin' / 10. The Bells Of St. Mary's / 11. So Long / 12. Danny Boy / 13. That Lucky Old Sun
Rating : 6


6. Encore - Keen - A-2003 - 1958

Tracks:
1. Oh Look At Me Now / 2. Someday / 3. Along The Navaho Trail / 4. Running Wild / 5. Accentuate The Positive / 6. Mary Mary Lou / 7. When I Fall In Love / 8. I Cover The Waterfront / 9. My Foolish Heart / 10. Today I Sing The Blues / 11. The Gypsy / 12. It's The Talk Of The Town
Rating : 5


7. Tribute to the Lady - Keen 2004/S-2004 - 1959

Tracks:
1. God Bless The Child / 2. She's Funny That Way / 3. I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues / 4. Good Morning Heartache / 5. T'Aint Nobody's Bizness (If I Do) / 6. Lover Girl (Man)/ 7. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off / 8. Lover Come Back To Me / 9. Solitude / 10. They Can't Take That Away From Me / 11. Crazy In Love With You
5 Rating :


8. Hit Kit - Keen LP 8-6101 - 1959

Tracks:
1. Only Sixteen / 2. All Of My Life / 3. Everybody Likes To Cha Cha Cha / 4. Blue Moon / 5. Win Your Love For Me / 6. Lonely Island / 7. You Send Me / 8. Love You Most Of All / 9. For Sentimental Reasons / 10. Little Things You Do / 11. Let's Go Steady Again / 12. You Were Made For Me
Rating : 7


9. Cookeīs Tour - RCA 2236 - 1960

Tracks:
1. Far Away Places / 2. Under Paris Skies / 3. South Of The Border / 4. Bali Ha'i / 5. The Coffee Song / 6. Arrivederci, Roma / 7. London By Night / 8. Jamaica Farewell / 9. Galway Bay / 10. Sweet Leilani / 11. Japanese Farewell Song / 12. The House I Live In
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10. Hits of the 50īs - RCA LPM- 2236 - 1960

Tracks:
1. Hey There / 2. Mona Lisa / 3. Too Young / 4. The Great Pretender / 5. You, You, You / 6. Unchained Melody / 7. The Wayward Wind / 8. Secret Love / 9. The Song From The Moulin Rouge / 10. I'm Walking Behind You / 11. Cry / 12. Venus
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11. Swing Low - RCA 2293 - 1961

Tracks:
1. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / 2. I'm Just A Country Boy / 3. They Call The Wind Mariah / 4. Twilight On The Trail / 5. If I Had You / 6. Chain Gang / 7. Grandfather's Clock / 8. Long, Long Ago / 9. You Belong To Me / 10. Goin' Home
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12. My Kind Of Blues - RCA 2392, RCA RD - 1962

Tracks:
1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore / 2. Little Girl Blue / 3. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out / 4. Out In The Cold Again / 5. But Not For Me / 6. Exactly Like You / 7. I'm Just A Lucky So-And-So / 8. Since I Met You Baby / 9. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home / 10. Trouble In Mind / 11. You're Always On My Mind / 12. The Song Is Ended
Rating : 3


13. The Best of San Cooke - RCA 3863 - 1962

Tracks:
1. You Send Me / 2. Only Sixteen / 3. Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha / 4. For Sentimental Reasons / 5. Wonderful World / 6. Chain Gang / 7. Cupid / 8. Twistin' The Night Away / 9. Sad Mood / 10. Having A Party / 11. Bring It On Home To Me / 12. Summertime
Rating : 7

14. Twisting The Night Away - RCA Victor LSP-2555 - 1962

Tracks:
1. Twistin' The Night Away / 2. Sugar Dumpling / 3. Twistin' in the Kitchen / 4. Somebody Gonna Miss Me / 5. Whole Lotta Woman / 6. Twist / 7. Twistin' In The Old Town / 8. Movin' And A Grovin' / 9. Camptown Twist / 10. Somebody Have Mercy / 11. Soothe Me / 12. That's it, I Quit, I'm Moving On
Rating : 7


15. Mr. Soul - RCA 2673 - 1963

Tracks:
1. I Wish You Love / 2. Willow Weep For Me / 3. Chains Of Love / 4. Smoke Rings / 5. All The Way / 6. Send Me Some Lovin' / 7. Cry Me A River / 8. Driftin' Blues / 9. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons / 10. Nothing Can Change This Love / 11. Little Girl / 12. These Foolish Things
Rating : 5


16. Night Beat - RCA 2148 - 1963

Tracks:
1. Lost And Lookin' / 2. Mean Old World / 3. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen / 4. Please Don't Drive Me Away / 5. I Lost Everything / 6. Get Yourself Another Fool / 7. Little Red Rooster / 8. Laughin' And Clownin' / 9. Trouble Blues / 10. You Gotta Move / 11. Fool's Paradise / 12. Shake Rattle And Roll
Rating : 6

17. Ain't That Good News - RCA LPM-2899 - 1964

Tracks:
1. Ain't That Good News / 2. Meet Me At Mary's Place / 3. Good Times / 4. Rome Wasn't Built In A Day / 5. Another Saturday Night / 6. Tennessee Waltz / 7. A Change Is Gonna Come / 8. Falling In Love /9. Home / 10. Sittin' In The Sun /11. No Second Time / 12. The Riddle Song
Rating : 8


18. Shake - RCA 3367 - 1965

Tracks:
1. Shake / 2. Yeah Man / 3. Win Your Love For Me / 4. Love You Most Of All / 5. Meet Me At Mary's Place / 6. It's Got The Whole World Shakin' / 7. A Change Is Gonna Come / 8. I'm In The Mood For Love / 9. You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You / 10. Comes Love / 11. I'm Just A Country Boy / 12. Ease My Troublin' Mindn
Rating : 7


19. Try A Little Love - RCA 3435 - 1965

Tracks:
1. Don't Cry / 2. Bridge Of Tears / 3. I Fall In Love Every Day / 4. You're Always On My Mind / 5. Theme From Houseboat (Almost In Your Arms) / 6. When A Boy Falls In Love / 7. To Each His Own / 8. Tammy / 9. The Gypsy / 10. Little Things You Do / 11. You Send Me
Rating :


20. Sings the Billie Holiday Story - Up Front 160 - 1976

Tracks:
1. Good Morning Heartache / 2. Lover Man/Girl / 3. Solitude / 4. Crazy She Calls Me / 5. Blue Moon / 6. Lover, Come Back To Me / 7. They Can't Take That Away From Me / 8. I Gotta Right To Song The Blues / 9. 'T Ain't Nobody's Bizness / 10. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
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21. Hits - RCA Camden Deluxe 74321783222 - 2000

Tracks:
1. Chain Gang / 2. Sad Mood (previously unreleased version) / 3. That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin' On / 4. Hold On / 5. Cupid / 6. It's All Right / 7. Feel It, (Don't Fight It) / 8. Twistin' The Night Away / 9. Sugar Dumpling / 10. Having A Party / 11. Somebody's Gonna Miss Me / 12. Bring It On Home To Me / 13. Soothe Me / 14. Nothing Can Change This Love / 15. Somebody Have Mercy / 16. Baby, Baby, Baby / 17. Send Me Some Lovin' /18. Another Saturday Night (previously unreleased take) / 19. Frankie And Johnnie / 20. Lost And Lookin' / 21. Little Red Rooster
Rating : 7


22. Keep Movin On! - Abkco 3563 - 2002

Tracks:
1. Good News / 2. Rome (Wasn't Built In A Day) / 3. Meet Me At Mary's Place / 4. Basin Street Blues / 5. Cousin Of Mine / 6. Tennessee Waltz / 7. Falling In Love / 8. When A Boy Falls In Love / 9. Good Times / 10. Shake / 11. Yeah Man / 12. It's Got The Whole World Shakin' / 13. Riddle Song, The / 14. I'm Just A Country Boy / 15. Try A Little Love / 16. There'll Be No Second Time / 17. Another Saturday Night / 18. Sugar Dumpling / 19. That's Where It's At / 20. You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You / 21. Ease My Troublin' Mind, (Somebody) / 22. A Change Is Gonna Come / 23. Keep Movin' On
Rating : 8

23. Live At The Harlem Square Club - RCA 5181 - 1963

Tracks:
1. Feel It / 2. Chain Gang / 3. Cupid / 4. It's Allright / For Sentimental Reasons / 5. Twisting The Night / 6. Somebody Have Mercy / 7. Bring It On Home To Me / 8. Nothing Can Change This Love / 9. Having A Party
Rating :


24. At The Copa ( live ) - RCA 2970 - 1965

Tracks:
1. Opening Introduction / 2. The Best Things In Life Are Free / 3. Bill Bailey / 4. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out / 5. Frankie And Johnny / 6. Try A Little Tenderness / 7. I Love You For Sentimental Reasons / 8. You Send Me / 9. If I Had A Hammer /10. When I Fall In Love / 11. Twistin' The Night Away / 12. This Little Light Of Mine / 13. Blowin' In The Wind / 14. Tennessee Waltz
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Essential Albums!

Original albums as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - March 8 - 2015

10 Night Beat - 1963
24 Ainīt That Good News - 1964
104 Sam Cooke - 1958
139 Shakel - 1965
139 At the Copa - 1964
140 Live at the Harlem Square Club - 1985
158 Twisting the Night Away - 1962
165 My Kind of Blues - 1961
174 Mr Soul - 1963
183 Encore - 1958
272 Swing Low - 1961
277 Hit Kit - 1960
327 Tribute to the Lady - 1959
441 Cooke's Tour - 1960
519 Wonderful World of Sam Cooke - 1960
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My Suggestion For a 2 CD 160 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:

1. The Riddle Song ( Cooke ) Ain't That Good News
2. Nothin Can Change This Love ( Cooke ) Mr Soul
3. Good Times( Cooke ) Ainīt That Good News
4. Another Saturday Night ( Cooke ) Ain't That Good News
5. Sad Mood ( Cooke ) The Best of Sam Cooke - 62
6. Bring it on Home to Me ( Cooke ) The Best of Sam Cooke - 62
7. Iīll Come Running Back to You ( Cooke ) Two Sides of Sam Cooke
8. Only Sixteen ( Cooke ) Hit Kit
9. Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha ( Cooke ) Hit Kit
10. Meet Me At Maryīs Place ( Cooke ) Ain't That Good News
11. A Change is Gonna Come ( Cooke ) Ain't That Good News
12. A Wonderful World ( Cooke/Adler/Alpert ) The Best of Sam Cooke - 62
13. Having a Party ( Cooke ) The Best of Sam Cooke - 62
14. That's All I Need to Know ( Cooke ) Two Sides of Sam Cooke
15. You Send Me ( Cooke ) Sam Cooke
16. Win Your Love For Me ( Cooke ) Hit Kit
17. Chain Gang ( Cooke ) Swing Low
18. Mean Old World ( Cooke ) Night Beat
19. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen ( Trad. ) Night Beat
20. I Lost Everything ( Tate ) Night Beat
21. Foolīs Paradise ( Fuller/Geddins/Avid ) Night Beat
22. Ainīt That Good News ( Cooke ) Ain't That Good News
23. Shake Rattle and Roll ( Calhoun ) Night Beat
24. Tennesee Waltz ( Stewart/King ) Ain't That Good News
25. Sitting in the Sun ( Berlin ) Ain't That Good News
26. Let's Go Steady Again ( Alexander ) Hit Kit
27. Cupid ( Cooke ) The Best of Sam Cooke - 62
28. Twisting the Night Away ( Cooke ) Twisting the Night Away
29. Just For You ( Cooke ) 20 Greatest Hits
30. Somebody Have Mercy ( Cooke ) Twisting the Night Away
31. Summertime ( Gershwin ) Sam Cooke
32. Ain't Misbehavinī ( Razaf/Brooks/Waller ) Sam Cooke
33. So Long ( Morgan/Harris/Melsher ) Twisting the Night Away
34. Thatīs Where itīs At ( Cooke/Alexander ) Keep Moving on
35. Shake ( Cooke ) Shake
36. Rome Wasnīt Built in One Day ( Cooke/Prudhomme ) Ainīt That Good News
37. Keep Moving on ( Cooke ) Keep Moving on
38. Chains of Love ( Nugetre ) Mr. Soul
39. One more Time ( Cooke ) B-Side 1962
40. Twisting in the Kitchen ( Cooke ) Twisting the Night Away
41. Whole Lotta Woman ( Alexander/Jordan) Twisting the Night Away
42. You're Always on My Mind ( Alexander) My Kind of Blues

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