Ain't That Good News (Remastered) Sam Cooke

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Label: ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

Artist: Sam Cooke

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  • 1(Ain't That) Good News02:30
  • 2Meet Me At Mary's Place02:43
  • 3Good Times02:28
  • 4Rome (Wasn't Built In A Day)02:34
  • 5Another Saturday Night02:42
  • 6Tennessee Waltz03:12
  • 7A Change Is Gonna Come03:13
  • 8Falling In Love02:46
  • 9Home (When Shadows Fall)02:32
  • 10Sittin' In The Sun03:18
  • 11There'll Be No Second Time03:03
  • 12The Riddle Song02:30
  • Total Runtime33:31

Info for Ain't That Good News (Remastered)

This album, which was sadly to be Sam Cooke's last, found him exercising a hard-won creative freedom to fine effect. You can hear it most clearly in the moving, socially relevant ballad 'A Change Is Gonna Come.' But it doesn't stop there. Cooke dips into the well of country music for a version of the classic 'Tennessee Waltz' that is startling in its transformative ability, as he accomplishes a feat that no one but Ray Charles himself was capable of at the time--turning country seamlessly into soul.

The lighthearted 'Another Saturday Night' paints a detailed portrait of loneliness that's fully charged with humor rather than desperation, showing how Cooke could straddle several emotions at once within the same song. „Ain't That Good News“ is the sound of a man at the peak of his powers, flexing all of his musical muscles. It's just a shame that this was to be the soul legend's swan song. His first album on the Tracey label from 1964 available for the first time on HighResAudio!

Sam Cooke, vocals
Howard Roberts, guitar
Norman Bartold, guitar
John Pisano, guitar
Leroy Crume, guitar
Allan Reuss, guitar
Barney Kessel, guitar
Clifton White, guitar
Joseph R. Gibbons, banjo
John DeVoogdt, violin
Darrel Terwilliger, violin
Robert Barene, violin
Irving Lipschultz, violin
Tibor Zelig, violin
Jack Pepper, violin
Leonard Malarsky, violin
Sidney Sharp, violin
Israel Baker, violin
Arnold Belnick, violin
Ralph Schaeffer, violin
William Kurash, violin
Alexander Neiman, viola
Harry Hyams, viola
Emmet Sargeant, cello
Jesse Ehrlich, cello
Jewell L. Grant, saxophone
Edgar Redmond, saxophone
Plas Johnson, saxophone
Red Tyler, saxophone
William Green, saxophone
John Anderson, trumpet
Melvin Lastie, trumpet
William Hinshaw, French horn
Milt Bernhart, trombone
Johnny Halliburton, trombone
Harry Betts, trombone
Louise Blackburn, trombone
John Ewing, trombone
Dave Wells, trombone
Ernie Tack, trombone
Lincoln Mayorga, piano, celesta
Harold Battiste, Jr., piano
Raymond Johnson, piano
Emil Radocchia, marimba, timpani, percussion
Earl Palmer, drums
Eddie Hall, drums
Hal Blaine, drums
John Boudreaux, drums
Linwood Mitchell, percussion
George Tipton, percussion
Gwen Johnson, background vocals
Jimmie Outler, background vocals
Robert Tebow, background vocals
Jackie Ward, background vocals
James Bryant, background vocals
J.J. Farley, background vocals
Paul Foster, background vocals
Richard Gibbs, background vocals
S.R. Crain, background vocals
The Carole Lombard Quartet

Recorded February 28, 1963 – January 30, 1964 Music Center of the World, Los Angeles, California)
Engineered by Gus Skinas, Dave Hassinger
Produced by Hugo & Luigi

Digitally remastered

Sam Cooke
the son of Reverend Charles Cook, Sr., (a Baptist minister) and Annie May Cook was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The family moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1933. He had four brothers and three sisters – Willie, Charles Jr., L.C., David, Mary, Hattie and Agnes.

Sam graduated from Wendell Phillips High School in 1948, where he distinguished himself as an “A” student as well as being voted “most likely to succeed.” During his formative years, Sam, together with his brothers Charles Jr., L.C. and sisters Mary and Hattie, performed as a gospel group “The Singing Children.”

At the age of 15, Sam became lead singer of the famous “teenage” gospel group the “Highway QC’s” until he was 19 when he was hand-picked by Roy (S.R.) Crain, manager of the “Soul Stirrers,” to replace the legendary R.H. Harris as lead singer.

In 1951, with the “Soul Stirrers,” he began his writing and recording career on Specialty Records with such gospel classics as “Nearer To Thee,” “Touch The Hem Of His Garment” and “Be With Me Jesus.” For six electrifying years he established a new standard for gospel expression.

“It isn’t what you sing that is so important,” said Sam’s father, “but rather the fact that God gave you a good voice to use. He must want you to make people happy by singing, so go ahead and do so.”

With these words of encouragement, he did just that. At the height of his fame in the gospel world and with the screams of believers raising him up and being raised by him, Sam left it all behind.

In June of 1957 he left Specialty Records, along with his producer/manager Bumps Blackwell, and three months later signed with Keen Records where he wrote and recorded such Number 1 hits as “You Send Me,” “Win Your Love For Me,” “Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha,” “Only Sixteen” and “(What A) Wonderful World.” Sam didn’t “cross-over” he “combined” – blending sensuality and spirituality, sophistication and soul.

After the success of “You Send Me” in 1957, Sam signed with the William Morris Agency, appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and performed at New York City’s world famous Copacabana in March of 1958.

In 1959, Sam married Barbara Campbell, his childhood sweetheart, at her Grandmother’s house in Chicago, with his father performing the ceremony. They had two daughters – Linda and Tracey and a son, Vincent, who, in 1963, died tragically at the age of eighteen months. Sam also became partners in 1959 with J.W. Alexander in Kags Music (now ABKCO Music, Inc.) and later that year, with J.W., Sam formed SAR Records (now ABKCO Records). Kags Music would control not only Sam’s 152 classic compositions, but also the compositions written by artists signed to SAR.

In 1960, Sam signed with RCA Records, a deal negotiated by The William Morris Agency, where he continued to write and record such Number 1 hits as “Chain Gang,” “Twisting The Night Away,” “Bring It On Home To Me,” “Having A Party” and “Cupid.”

In 1963, J.W. and Sam appointed Allen Klein to manage SAR, Kags and all of the related companies; at the same time Allen became Sam’s manager. On September 1st of the same year, Sam signed a new agreement whereby all of his RCA business would pass through Sam’s record label, Tracey Records. RCA was now merely Tracey Records’ distributor. This new deal guaranteed Sam a minimum advance of half a million dollars over three years and established Sam’s complete ownership of his work. Everything he did from this point on would be by his own design and direction, and in fact even RCA’s distribution rights of the Tracey material were limited to 30 years from the term of the agreement.

Before producing his good friend Cassius Clay’s (Muhammad Ali) recording titled “The Gang’s All Here,” he and Malcolm X attended Clay’s heavyweight championship bout with Sonny Liston in Miami.

Sam died on December 11, 1964. “At the Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Los Angeles, a crowd of 5,000 persons, some of whom arrived five hours before the scheduled last rites, over-ran facilities designed to accommodate 1,500. In an emotion packed atmosphere, super charged by the singing of Lou Rawls, Bobby Blue Bland and Arthur Lee Simpkins, women fainted, tears ran down men’s cheeks and onlookers shouted. Gospel singer Bessy Griffin, who was to appear on the funeral program, became so grief stricken she had to be carried off. Ray Charles stepped in from the audience to sing and play ‘Angels Keep Watching Over Me’.” EBONY Magazine February 1965

For 14 years Sam sanctified and glorified his gospel heritage and forged new paths by being the first black artist to establish his own record company (SAR) where he helped such gospel oriented artists as the Womack Brothers (Bobby, Cecil, Friendly Jr., Curtis and Harry) who later became the Valentinos, R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders, The Simms Twins, Johnnie Morisette, Johnnie Taylor and Billy Preston, as well as giving continued expression to the Soul Stirrers.

Today, many years after he began his writing and recording career, Sam’s music endures with cover recordings by artists from all genres of the recording industry such as Aretha, Bryan Adams, Gerald Alston, The Animals, Arcade Fire, The Band, Billy Bragg, Solomon Burke, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton, Shemekia Copeland, Jim Croce, Terrence Trent D’Arby, Gavin DeGraw, Bob Dylan, The Fugees, Art Garfunkel, Al Green, Leela James, Jon Bon Jovi, R. Kelly, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Nas, The Neville Brothers, Otis Redding, The Righteous Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Seal, Dan Seals, Nina Simone, The Spinners, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, The Supremes, James Taylor, Tina Turner, Luther Vandross, Jackie Wilson, Bobby Womack and Ray Charles, among many others. (Source:

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