Sam Cooke – Another Saturday Night (Starters for Ten #234) 4.10.24

Starters for Ten 2019 – #234: Top Ten Saturday night numbers: 190822

Sam Cooke – Another Saturday Night (1964)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 24th – running between 19 and 28 August and featuring my top ten Saturday night numbers – here’s Sam Cooke’s Another Saturday Night from 1964.

The wonderful world of Sam Cooke (“The ’59”) #011

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The wonderful world of Sam Cooke (1960)

Influential as both a singer and composer, Sam Cooke 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”, “Wonderful World”, “Chain Gang”, and “Twistin’ the Night Away”.

The wonderful world of Sam Cooke was his fourth studio album, released in 1960.

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”.

Tragically, 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.