Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, civil-rights activist and entrepreneur.
Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. He began singing as a child and joined the Soul Stirrers before moving to a solo career where he scored a string of hit songs like “You Send Me”, “A Change Is Gonna Come”, “Wonderful World”, “Chain Gang”, “Twistin’ the Night Away”, and “Bring It On Home to Me”.
His pioneering contributions to soul music contributed to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Billy Preston, and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown. AllMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was “the inventor of soul music”, and possessed “an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed”.
On December 11, 1964, at the age of 33, Cooke was shot and killed by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. After an inquest, the courts ruled Cooke’s death to be a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been called into question by Cooke’s family.
As Thanksgiving Weekend winds down, on “Great Soul Performances” this evening I’m thankful for music by: The Chi-Lites, Billy Stewart, the Detroit Emeralds, Sam Cooke, Ike & Tina Turner, the Floaters, Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters, Chuck Jackson & Yvonne Fair, Eddie & the Starlites, Jerry Butler & the Impressions, Janis Joplin, Lou Rawls (live) and more. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT.
Then at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT, it’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where you’ll hear: Larry Graham, Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, George Kerr, Prince & the Revolution, the Intruders, Smokey Robinson, Aaron Neville, the Trammps, Heavy D & the Boyz, Luther Vandross, Process & the Doo Rags, Whitney Houston and several others.
Join me later for fantastic music as you recuperate from “Black Friday” for “G.S.P.” and “G.S.P. 2:The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com., and of course, encore time tomorrow Sunday is at 5PM Eastern Time just ahead of “Cyber Monday.” May The Soul Roll On!
On this Memorial Day Weekend when we remember and pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, “Great Soul Performances” will present an array of great talent to get you motivated on this “unofficial” start of the summer season.
You’ll hear: The Four Tops, the Main Ingredient, Barbara Mason, the Clovers, Bloodstone, Sam Cooke, the Sylvers, Etta James, Harvey Fuqua & the Spinners, Foster Sylvers, Billy Stewart, the 5 Royales, Little Willie John, the Laddins, Lou Rawls, the Embers, the Magnificent Men; live in concert from the Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia and so many others.
It kicks off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Immediately following at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT will be “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” where on the playlist will be: Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, New Edition with Little Anthony Gourdine, the Ad-Libs, Whitney Houston, the Manhattans, Freddie Jackson, Johnnie Taylor, Anita Baker, Gene Chandler and more. It’s all good, and I think you’ll have a good time, so join me later this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Coming after the holiday weekend we will present the Dells special. Stay tuned for details!!
We will say goodbye to 2017 on “Great Soul Performances” & “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening, with four hours of holiday music, signifying the end of the old year, and since it’s still Christmas week, some left over Christmas songs as well. On G.S.P. 1, we’ll have: The Manhattans, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Bobby Darin, the Soul Clan, Brook Benton, the Jackson Five, Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Enchantment, Sonny Til & the Orioles, Kool & the Gang, Sam Cooke, my dear friend and former co-worker at WCBS-FM 101.1; our “Morning Mayor,” Harry Harrison, and so many, many others. It’ll begin at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Then immediately following on G.S.P. 2, you’ll hear from: Charles Brown, the Whispers, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners, the Eagles, the O’Jays, Huey Lewis & the News, Marvin Sease, New Edition, Harry Connick, Jr., and a whole lot more. G.S.P. 2 starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. Let’s ring out the old, and ring in the new with “Great Soul Performances,” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Last week I realized that I usually acknowledge summer with a show dedicated to summer songs, but I forgot. Therefore this evening on “Great Soul Performances” it’s gonna me “Summer Songs” with a sprinkling of songs about Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, as our USA Olympic team continues to dominate. We’ve got artists like: Sly & the Family Stone, Sam Cooke, the Chantels; with and without Richard Barrett, Donald Byrd & the Blackbyrds, Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Jamies, Nat “King” Cole, Larry Chance & the Earls, Barry White, the Two Step Orchestra, Jimmy Ricks & the Ravens, George Benson; live in concert, and a medley I put together of “The Girl From Ipanema” featuring: Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse, Lou Rawls, my cousin Gloria Nazzaro, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dionne Warwick, Nat “King” Cole, Diana Krall, and Andy Williams. I think you are going to like this show. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Let’s go for the “Gold” this evening with “Summer Songs” on “Great Soul Performances,” at the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
“Great Soul Performances” comes your way this evening with a “bowl full of soul” featuring: Jackie Wilson and Count Basie, Marvin Gaye, the O’Jays, Betty Wright, the Buddy Miles Express, Ruth Brown, the Artistics, the Four Tops, Sam Cooke, Freddie Scott, the late Billy Paul; “live in concert,” from London, England, plus a whole lot more. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. To hear it again, go to: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsplisten.html. Looking for you later for “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
This evening on “Great Soul Performances” you’ll hear: the Spinners, Barry White, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Johnnie Taylor, Jean Carn, the Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, South Shore Commission, Sam Cooke “live in concert” from the Copacabana in New York City and more. The festivities begin at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT for “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.com.
Last week it was “Motown Remakes” on “Great Soul Performances.” This week for your Labor Day Weekend, it’ll be “Soul Remakes & Covers.” I’ve got a wonderful array of artists for your listening pleasure like: Ronnie Dyson, Chaka Khan, the 5 Du-Tones, Tavares, Little Isidore & the Inquisitors, the Soul Sisters, Donald Banks, Mary J. Blige, Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield and more. I think you’ll enjoy it.
This evening on “Great Soul Performances,” we salute and pay tribute to the late Bobby Womack. You’ll hear his biggest hits, his collaborations with other artists, his early days in the studio with his mentor Sam Cooke recording his brothers, the Womack Brothers aka the Valentinos and a concert segment with Bobby live on stage. I think you’re gonna enjoy this one because we’re going in deep to display the talent and range of one R&B and Soul’s major guitarist, singer-songwriter, performer and producer, Bobby Womack. We’ll begin at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. So in the words of the late Bobby Womack, “You’re Welcome, Stop On By” at RadioMaxMusic.com.
Would you believe, it’s the first Saturday of Spring? Well to commemorate the beginning of Spring, on “Great Soul Performances” this evening you’ll be entertained by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Cliff Perkins & Soul Generation, Edwin Starr, Sam Cooke, the Moments, Bill Cosby, Eugene Pitt (“Steppin’ Out In Front”), Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Charts, Eddie Kendricks, and the Jacksons “live in concert,” plus many more. I’ll be looking for you at 7PM ET, (following an encore performance of “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s”) 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. If you miss it, you can check out the encore performances on Monday at 10p or Wednesday at 12p (all times eastern daylight saving time) and it all happens on RadioMaxMusic.com. See Ya Later Gator!
Robert Dwayne “Bobby” Womack (born March 4, 1944) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. An active recording artist since the early 1960s where he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos and as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist, Womack’s career has spanned more than 50 years and has spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country.
Womack wrote and originally recorded The Rolling Stones’ first UK No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now” and New Birth’s “I Can Understand It” among other songs. As a singer he is most notable for the hits “Lookin’ For a Love”, “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha”, “Woman’s Gotta Have It”, “Harry Hippie”, “Across 110th Street” and his 1980s hit “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”.
In 2009, Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
|1||Lookin’ For a Love|
|2||That’s The Way I Feel About Cha|
|3||Nobody Wants You When You’re Down And Out|
|5||Woman’s Gotta Have It|
|7||You’re Welcome, Stop on By|
|8||I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much|
|9||Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)|
|10||Fly Me to the Moon|
|11||Across 110th Street|
|12||Love Has Finally Come at Last (with Patti LaBelle)|
|13||Check It Out|
|14||If You Think You’re Lonely Now|
|16||How I Miss You Baby|
|17||More Than I Can Stand|
|18||Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way|
|19||Tell Me Why|
|20||Where Do We Go From Here|
|21||I’m Back For More (with Lulu)|
|22||I’m Gonna Forget About You|
|23||What Is This|
|24||The Preacher /More Than I Can Stand|
|26||How Could You Break My Heart|
|27||It’s Gonna Rain|
|28||Home Is Where The Heart Is|
|29||I Left My Heart in San Francisco|
|30||(I Wanna) Make Love to You|
|31||It’s All Over Now (with Bill Withers)|
|32||Living in a Box|
|33||It Takes a Lot of Strength to Say Goodbye|
|34||I’m Through Trying To Prove My Love To You|
Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), born Samuel Cook, was an African-American recording artist, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur. He is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocal abilities and influence on the modern world of music. His pioneering contributions to soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Billy Preston and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.
Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, and a further three after his death. Major hits like “You Send Me”, “A Change Is Gonna Come”, “Cupid”, “Chain Gang”, “Wonderful World”, and “Twistin’ the Night Away” are some of his most popular songs. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
On December 11, 1964, Cooke was fatally shot by the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 33. At the time, the courts ruled that Cooke was drunk and distressed, and that the manager had killed Cooke in what was later ruled a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been widely questioned. (Source: Wikipedia)
|2||Twistin’ the Night Away|
|3||You Send Me|
|4||Another Saturday Night|
|7||Frankie and Johnny|
|10||Nothing Can Change This Love|
|11||Bring It On Home to Me|
|12||Send Me Some Lovin’|
|13||I’ll Come Running Back to You|
|14||Having a Party|
|15||(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons|
|16||Win Your Love for Me|
|17||Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha|
|19||Love You Most of All|
|20||A Change Is Gonna Come|
|21||You Were Made for Me|
|24||That’s It, I Quit, I’m Moving On|
|25||It’s Got the Whole World Shakin’|
|27||Cousin of Mine|
|29||Somebody Have Mercy|
|30||There, I’ve Said It Again|
|31||(Ain’t That) Good News|
|34||When a Boy Falls in Love|
|37||Baby, Baby, Baby|
|39||It’s All Right|
|40||That’s Where It’s At|
The day is starting off as a cold one in many parts of the country, but we’ll warm it up later this evening on “Great Soul Performances.” On the broadcast you’ll hear Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Linda Clifford, the Intruders, Little Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, King Pleasure, the Spinners & Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, the Manhattans, Sam Cooke; “Live” at the Harlem Square Club and a lot more. We’ll get together at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. And of course don’t forget, if you miss it this evening, you can catch now two encore performances on Monday at 10PM eastern time, and Wednesday at 12Noon eastern right here on RadioMaxMusic.com.
Bobby Jay is LIVE from the Eastern States Fair & Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts and from the fairgrounds this evening on “Great Soul Performances” you’ll hear: Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, the Whispers, Little Willie John, the Soul Children, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, Arthur Prysock, the Vibrations, Donna Summer “live in concert” and many others. We’ll start the festivities at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT and if you miss it, you can catch the encore performance Monday night at 10PM eastern time. The weather has cooperating, it’s a little chilly this morning but they say it’s going to warm up nicely later this afternoon, so I’ll see you later from the “Big E” on RadioMaxMusic.com.