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Monday, October 13, 2014

Cooke's Tour

Fifty-one years later, it's still one of the greatest rock 'n roll vocal performances ever: Sam Cooke, live at the Harlem Square Club, Miami (later immortalized in the opening of the Will Smith Ali film).  Greil Marcus once called it maybe the greatest rock 'n roll vocals (30 years ago) and I won't argue!  I love the aside near the end, no doubt based on something a woman in the crowd was doing, "I better leave that alone."  Sadly, Sam did not... And if this is great, some of his work with gospel group The Soul Stirrers a decade earlier was even greater.

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