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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Happy birthday Sam Cooke

Today is the 75th birthday of Sam Cooke, one of the sweetest, purest soul voices I know. Born Samuel Cook in 1931, he added the "e" to the end of his last name later in life - he thought it added class. As a Browne-with-an-"e" myself, I have to agree. Classy.

Starting as a gospel singer, he gave the world 33 years of his music before he died in 1964 - the victim of a motel shooting whose details are still disputed. What a loss; think of all the beautiful music he still had inside.

There's a sweeping new biography about Cooke out now, "Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke" by pop music writer and Elvis chronicler Peter Guralnick. I have heard excellent things about it, and intend (!) to read it this year.

I know I said this before, but Sam Cooke always sounds like slow-dancing barefoot in the kitchen, especially this song. It is absolutely my favorite by him:

"Bring It On Home To Me" - Sam Cooke



At January 23, 2006 12:51 AM, Blogger Chad said...

Wow...that's seriously one of my favorite songs of all-time. Sam Cooke was brilliant, and nowhere moreso than on that song. You got some damn good taste!

At January 25, 2006 11:16 AM, Blogger donsky said...

also my favorite sam cooke song. have you heard the version on live at the harlem square club (1963)? i think he does it in a medley with "sentimental reasons." if you haven't heard that album, try to get your hands on it.


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