Wednesday FlashBack- Sam Cooke

Wednesday, April 04, 2012
When Sam Cooke began having hits I wasn't even born yet. If there is anything that speaks to us imprinting on something in utero or during early childhood, my love of Sam Cooke might just be proof. I have loved listening to him for as long as I remember. While I was unaware of the tragic turn his life took, almost everything he sings makes me happy to listen to, even "A Change is Gonna Come", which is somber and serious.

Whenever I need to be lifted away from where I am, listening to "Saturday Night", "Cupid" or "Twistin' the Night Away" can usually do it. While it wasn't one of his biggest hits, my favorite is probably "Bring it on Home" followed by "You send me".

I hate to mar his beautiful memory with something political, but I have read about the circumstances of his death and I think justice was not served there. Etta James always said he was beaten and killed because of racial issues, and I'm inclined to believe her. I'm just truly grateful he left his music behind. Sam Cooke's lovely, mellow and pure voice is one worth remembering. For your Wednesday FlashBack - a little Sam Cooke.

(Lou Rawls is singing back up [uncredited]) on this song:

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