Specialty Profiles

Specialty Profiles

by Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers

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Specialty Profiles

When Art Rupe of Specialty Records first heard the master tape of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" in 1957, he declared that the track sounded "too white" for his label's R&B and gospel audience, and he passed on it, letting Cooke take the master tape out the door and over to Keen Records, who subsequently released it, and the rest, as they say, is history. Rupe was simply hoping Cooke would stick with the successful gospel sound he had been tracking since 1951 for Specialty as the lead singer of the legendary Soul Stirrers, a run that produced genre classics like "Jesus Gave Me Water," "Peace in the Valley," "The Last Mile of the Way," and the Cooke-composed "Touch the Hem of His Garment," all of which are included on this 14-song survey of the Soul Stirrers' Specialty Profiles. But Cooke wanted to sing secular material, as well, and he tested the water with "Lovable," originally released under the name Dale Cook. After "You Send Me" was a massive pop hit for Keen, Rupe dusted off another of Cooke's secular experiments, "I'll Come Running Back to You," overdubbed Rene Hall on guitar, and released it after the fact, watching it ride the coat tails of "You Send Me" up into the charts. Truth is, Cooke could sing anything, sacred or secular, and make it sound like pure soul, and there are many who feel that some of his finest vocals were done while he was with the Soul Stirrers. The evidence for that claim is here. [This profile collection includes a bonus disc that is essentially a sampler of other artists who recorded for Specialty Records.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2006
Label: Specialty
UPC: 0888072300583
catalogNumber: 30058

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers   Primary Artist
Sam Cooke   Vocals
Edgar Blanchard   Guitar
Thomas L. Bruster   Baritone (Vocal),Track Performer
Roy Crain   Tenor (Vocal),Track Performer
Leroy Crume   Guitar,Baritone (Vocal)
Frank Fields   Bass
Paul Foster   Track Performer,Lead
Abe Mills   Drums
R.B. Robinson   Baritone (Vocal),Track Performer
Faidest Wagoner   Piano
Bobby King   Guitar
Jesse J. Farley   Bass (Vocal),Track Performer
Warren Myles   Piano
Jesse & Marvin   Track Performer
Eddie Palmer   Drums,Leader

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Arranger,Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Roy Crain   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
L.C. Cooke   Composer
William S. Cook   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lucie E. Campbell   Composer

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