Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by Sam CookeSam Cooke


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Sam Cooke possessed the sweetest voice in soul, and his supple vocal style inspired everyone from Otis Redding to Rod Stewart and Al Green. He was also a terrific songwriter, and the string of hits created prior to his death in 1964 is one of the most enduring of the pre-Beatles era. Cooke started out as a teenage gospel star with the Soul Stirrers and caused much consternation in the religious community when he began releasing secular songs. But after his 1957 single "You Send Me" went to No. 1, the battle was over. Cooke became famous for puppy-love pop-soul songs like "Only Sixteen" and "Wonderful World," but he really came into his own when tunes like "Chain Gang" and "Bring It on Home to Me" added a bluesier and more mature texture to his songs. The 21-track Greatest Hits finds a better balance between Cooke's pop and soul hits than the 12-song Best of Sam Cooke, but both discs suffer from the inexplicable lack of his masterful "A Change Is Gonna Come."

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/1998
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078636760520
catalogNumber: 67605
Rank: 5652

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Cooke   Primary Artist
Ralph Burns   Conductor
Rene Hall   Conductor
Glenn Osser   Conductor
Horace Ott   Conductor
Sammy Lowe   Conductor

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Arranger,Composer
Hugo   Producer
Luigi   Producer
Clarence Paul   Composer
Ed Townsend   Composer
Joseph F. Laredo   Liner Notes,Essay
Barbara Mayson Campbell   Composer
Paul Williams   Contributor
Kim Biggs   Art Direction
John Marascalco   Composer
L.C. Cooke   Composer
Barbara Campbell   Composer

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