On this day 50 years ago Sam Cooke recorded one of the greatest soul dance records of the 1960s. It would also be the last hit he would record, less than a month before his murder.
Cooke was at the top of his game on this one. The production is stripped of many of the more schmaltzy studio embellishments of his previous RCA records. It is pure swingin' rhythm n soul, capturing some of the raw fervor of a live show atmosphere. This is much closer to the uninhibited button-down Cooke documented on the "Live From Harlem Square" album rather than the controlled black tie Cooke of "Live at the Copa". I'm certain it was a sign of things to come, and though Cooke wasn't able to carry on, other artists took the ball and ran with it (Otis Redding, I'm lookin' at you) bringing soul music to that next level.
So, what are you waiting for...listen to the Record of the Day and SHAKE IT LIKE A BOWL OF SOUP!
DJ Action Slacks
I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!