Saturday, July 23, 2005

Sam Cooke: The Greatest Singer of All Time: Chronological Discography

Many thanks to The Ultimate Sam Cooke Page for most of the following information.

"Throughout his career, Sam found his own unique way to move around a melody, stretching out a line, hesitating behind the beat, breaking up a single syllable word into several new parts, bridging lyrics with wordless vocalizing. There was jazz in the way he sang; there was blues. And, of course, he could rock. Author Daniel Wolff calls his special style a yodel, and Lou Rawls used the same word in trying to describe Sam's phrasing,although Rawls ultimately found it easier to simply imitate a few lines over the phone. Vamping, improvising, scatting, yodeling -words can deline but not quite capture the feeling of a certain sound. Sam may not have been the most powerful gospel singer, but he became one of the most magnetic and vocally inventive."

Michael Hill, notes for the box set, The Man Who Invented Soul.

"Sam Cooke was grounded in a very straightforward singing style: It was pure, beautiful and open-throated, extraordinarily direct and unapologetic. . . . He had guts as a singer. Sam also threw a lot of notes at you. Today you hear everyone doing those melismatic notes that Mariah Carey made popular. Sam was the first guy I remember singing that way. When he's singing, "I love you for sentimental reasons/I hope you believe me," the next line should be, "I've given you my heart." But he goes, "I've given you my-my-mah-muh-my heart/Given you my heart because I need you." It's as if he's saying, "Now that I've sung the word, I'm going to sing it again, because I've got all this feeling in my heart that demands expression." He could have given us less, and that would have been enough, but he put in all those extra notes, as in "You Send Me," where he's scatting between the lines: "I know, I know, I know, when you hold me."

"He had fabulous chops, but at the same time fabulous taste. I never felt that he was overdoing it, as I often feel with singers today. He stayed rhythmic and fluty and floaty; he always showed brilliant vocal control. . . . Sam was great to sing along with. He was my hero.

". . . I used to think he was just a great singer. Now I think he's better than that. Almost nobody since then can touch him."

Art Garfunkel, for Rolling Stone

SAM COOKE CHRONOLOGICAL DISCOGRAPHY

* = Written by Sam Cooke
Dates = recording dates
Major singles (A-sides) [titles] are in red
Top Ten singles (pop) [chart position] are in blue
Top Ten singles (R&B) are in green
Top Twenty singles (pop) are in purple

Album Guide

The Rhythm And The Blues RCA 1995
Greatest Hits RCA 1998
The Man Who Invented Soul (4 CD box set) RCA 2000
[includes the complete albums Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 and Night Beat]
Keep Movin' On ABKCO 2001
Night Beat RCA 2001
Sam Cooke With The Soul Stirrers, The Complete Specialty Recordings Specialty 2002
Sam Cooke's SAR Records Story ABKCO 2003
Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 ABKCO 2003

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*I'll Come Running Back To You / August 21, 1956 / #1 R&B, #18 pop / Sam Cooke With the Soul Stirrers / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

*I Need You Now / August 21, 1956 / Sam Cooke With the Soul Stirrers

Forever / December 12, 1956 / Sam Cooke With the Soul Stirrers

*Lovable / December 12, 1956 / Sam Cooke With the Soul Stirrers / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

*That's All I Need To Know / December 12, 1956 / Sam Cooke With the Soul Stirrers

*I Don't Want To Cry / December 12, 1956 / Sam Cooke With the Soul Stirrers

That's Heaven To Me / April 19, 1957 / Sam Cooke With the Soul Stirrers

Mean Old World / April 19, 1957 / Sam Cooke With the Soul Stirrers

*You Send Me / June 1, 1957 / #1 pop, #1 R&B / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

*You Were Made For Me / June 1, 1957 / #7 R&B, #39 Pop / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

Summertime / June 1, 1957 / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

Win Your Love For Me / June 6, 1957 / #4 R&B, #33 pop / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

*Just For You / 1957 / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

For Sentimental Reasons / 1957 / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

Lonely Island / February 1958 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*Love You Most Of All / June 1958 / The Man Who Invented Soul / Greatest Hits

*If I Had You / 1958 / The Man Who Invented Soul

Desire Me / 1958 / The Man Who Invented Soul

Danny Boy / 1958 / The Man Who Invented Soul

Let's Go Steady Again / December 1958 (?) / The Man Who Invented Soul

*Only Sixteen / December 1958 (?) / #28, #13 R&B / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

*When A Boy Falls In Love / Early 1959 / Keep Movin' On / The Man Who Invented Soul

*Try A Little Love / Early 1959 / The Man Who Invented Soul / Keep Movin' On

Ain't Nobody's Bizzness If I Do / February 1959 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*No One (Can Ever Take Your Place) / February 1959 / The Man Who Invented Soul

I've Got A Right To Sing A Blues / February 1959 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha / before March 1959 / #31 pop and #2 R&B / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

Little Things You Do / 1959 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*Chain Gang / January 25, 1960 / #2 pop and #2 R&B / Greatest Hits / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

The Great Pretender / January 25, 1960 / The Man Who Invented Soul

Teenage Sonata / January 25, 1960 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*Wonderful World / Early 1960 / #12 pop, #2 R&B / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

*Sad Mood / April 1960 / #29 pop, #23 R&B / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

*Love Me / April 13, 1960 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*You Belong To Me / September 9, 1960 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*Tenderness / October 1, 1960 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*One More Time / December 1960 (?) / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues

Hold On / January 30, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul

That's It - I Quit - I'm Moving On / January 30, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul / Greatest Hits

*Cupid / April 14, 1961 / #20 R&B, #17 pop / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

Baby Won't You Please Come Home / May 19, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues

Don't Get Around Much Anymore / May 19, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues

Trouble In Mind / May 19, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues

Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out / May 19, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues

You're Always On My Mind / May 20, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul

Little Girl Blue / May 20, 1961 / The Rhythm and the Blues

I'm Just A Lucky So And So / May 20, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul

Exactly Like You / May 20, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul

But Not For Me / May 20, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues

Out In The Cold Again / May 20, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues

Since I Met You Baby / May 20th, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues

*Somewhere There's A Girl / June 28, 1961 / The SAR Records Story

*Feel It / August 9, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*It's All Right / August 9, 1961 / The Man Who Invented Soul

Frankie And Johnny / August 9, 1961 / #4 R&B, #14 Pop / The Man Who Invented Soul / Greatest Hits

*Twistin' The Night Away / December 18, 1961 / #9 pop, #1 R&B / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

Somebody's Gonna Miss Me / December 19, 1961 / #3 R&B / The Man Who Invented Soul

*Somebody Have Mercy / February 15, 1962 / #3 R&B / The Man Who Invented Soul / Greatest Hits

*Talkin' Trash / February 16, 1962 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*Movin' And A Groovin' / February 19, 1962 / The Man Who Invented Soul

A Whole Lotta Woman / February 19, 1962 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*Soothe Me / February 19, 1962 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*Bring It On Home To Me / April 26, 1962 / #11 pop and #2 R&B / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

*Having A Party / April 26, 1962 / #4 R&B, #17 pop / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

*Nothing Can Change This Love / August 23, 1962 / #2 R&B, #12 pop / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

*Baby, Baby, Baby / November 29, 1962 / The Man Who Invented Soul

Send Me Some Lovin' / November 29, 1962 / # 2 R&B, #13 pop / The Man Who Invented Soul / Greatest Hits

Chains of Love / December 14, 1962 / The Rhythm and the Blues

Smoke Rings / December 14, 1962 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues

Driftin' Blues / December 16, 1962 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues

Cry Me A River / December 16, 1962 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm and the Blues

These Foolish Things / December 16, 1962 / The Man Who Invented Soul

Little Girl / 1962 / The Man Who Invented Soul

I Lost Everything / February 22nd, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm and the Blues / Night Beat

Trouble Blues / February 22, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues / Night Beat

*Laughin' And A Clownin' / February 23, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul / Night Beat

Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen / February 23, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul / Night Beat

Mean Old World / February 23, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul / Night Beat

Little Red Rooster / February 23, 1963 / #7 R&B and #11 pop / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm and the Blues / Night Beat / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

Shake, Rattle And Roll / February 23, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul / Night Beat

*You Gotta Move / February 25, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul / Night Beat

Lost And Lookin' / February 25, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul / Night Beat

Fool's Paradise / February 25, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues / Night Beat

Please Don't Drive Me Away / February 25, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues / Night Beat

Get Yourself Another Fool / February 26, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul / The Rhythm And The Blues / Night Beat

*Another Saturday Night / February 28, 1963 / #1 R&B and #10 pop / Keep Movin' On / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

*Love Will Find A Way / February 28, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*Cool Train / June 15, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul

I Wish You Love / 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul

Willow Weep For Me / 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul

*Sugar Dumpling / September 11, 1963 / The Man Who Invented Soul / Keep Movin' On / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 / Greatest Hits

I'm Just A Country Boy / September 11, 1963 / Keep Movin' On

*Ain't That Good News / December 20, 1963 / #11 pop / Keep Movin' On / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

*Keep Movin' On / December 21, 1963 / Keep Movin' On

There'll Be No Second Time / December 21, 1963 / Keep Movin' On

Basin Street Blues / December 21, 1963 / Keep Movin' On

The Riddle Song / December 21, 1963 / Keep Movin' On

*Meet Me At Mary's Place / January 28, 1964 / Keep Movin' On / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

Rome Wasn't Built In A Day / January 28, 1964 / Keep Movin' On

Tennessee Waltz / January 28, 1964 / Keep Movin' On / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

Falling In Love / January 30, 1964 / Keep Movin' On / The Man Who Invented Soul

*A Change Is Gonna Come / January 30, 1964 / #9 R&B and #31 Pop / Keep Movin' On / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

*Good Times / February 2, 1964 / #11 pop / Keep Movin' On / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964
*Yeah Man / March 25, 1964 / Keep Movin' On

*(Somebody) Ease My Troubled Mind / April 9, 1964 / Keep Movin' On / The Man Who Invented Soul

You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You / April 9, 1964 / Keep Movin' On

Cousin of Mine / August 12, 1964 / Keep Movin' On

*That's Where It's At / August 20, 1964 / Keep Movin' On / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

*It's Got the Whole World Shaking / November 16, 1964 / Keep Movin' On

*Shake / November 16, 1964 / #7 pop, #2 R&B / Keep Movin' On / The Man Who Invented Soul / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

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*I'm Gonna Forget About You / ? / The Man Who Invented Soul

I Ain't Gonna Cheat On You No More / ? / The Man Who Invented Soul

With You / ? / The Man Who Invented Soul

Ain't Misbehavin' / ? / The Man Who Invented Soul

All The Way / ? / The Man Who Invented Soul

Crazy She Calls Me / ? / The Man Who Invented Soul

Don't Cry (On My Shoulder) / ? / The Man Who Invented Soul

I Belong To Your Heart / ? / The Man Who Invented Soul

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