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Sam Cooke: Hits!

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Album Review

Another repackaging of disparate material from Cooke's catalog with only nine tracks. None of the hits, but Cooke's delivery of such standards as "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" and "I Fall in Love Every Day" are all top-notch. Cooke even pens some of the songs here, namely "If I Had You" and "You Belong to Me." The arrangements by, varyingly, Sammy Lowe, Rene Hall, and Billy Mure often swing, but rarely rock like the combos on his singles, as the album was aimed mainly to those who saw Cooke as a pop/swing vocalist more than a rock & roll one.


Born: 22 January 1931 in Clarksdale, MS

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Sam Cooke was the most important soul singer in history — he was also the inventor of soul music, and its most popular and beloved performer in both the black and white communities. Equally important, he was among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of the music business, and founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. Yet, those business interests didn't prevent him from being engaged...
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