Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sam Cooke – Twistin’ The Night Away (RCA)

Clarksdale, MS-born Sam Cooke established himself as one of the most influential artists in the history of Soul. Commonly known as the King of the genre, although he used to consider the late Otis Redding as, he scored no less than 30 top 40 hits Stateside from 1957 until 1964, focussing, like most of his contemporaries back then, on singles. He also was a visionary, launching both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his activities.
Among his signature songs, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, ‘Wonderful World’, and the swingin’ ‘Twistin’ The Night Away, conducted by Rene Hall with production work by the likes of Hugo & Luigi back in 1962.
On Dec. 11, 1964, Cooke got fatally shot at the age of 33 by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The courts concluded Cooke‘s death to be a justifiable homcide, leavin’ his family and friends in prey of serious doubts since…

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