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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Chicago Bluesman

Few might think of him in that way, but Chicago boy Sam Cooke recorded the greatest blues-gospel or gospel-blues music of our time, in first half of the 1950s, barely out of teens, with the Soul Stirrers.  Just two bits of evidence, the first more blues, the second gospel. and then a third:

1 comment:

Ellen said...

"He's So Wonderful" with the Soul Stirrers morphed into "Loveable" in 1956, marking his transition from Gospel to pop - he originally recorded Loveable as Dale Cooke so as not to offend his Gospel audience. As great a pop star as he was, his Gospel work with the Soul Stirrers remains absolutely timeless. He came back to his Gospel roots with "A Change is Gonna Come" in 1963.