Category: sam cooke

Albums Released In 1958

Albums Released In 1964

Albums Released In 1962

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Sam Cooke’s Widow Marries Bobby Womack 77 Days Days After His Death

In February 1965, Sam Cooke’s widow Barbara Cooke and Bobby Womack made headlines when the announced they were getting married two months after Sam was killed. Before their wedding, Bobby told Jet (Feb 18, 1965):

 “You must remember I was Sam’s guitar player for a long time. We were very close. I actually feel that he would want me to do this. I stayed around her during the crisis. She really needed someone at the time. Love is love and that is what it is with us. When I told her how I felt she was shocked. It took her a while to get adjusted to the idea.” Asked how long it took Mrs. cook to give her consent to marriage, he added “three weeks to a month.”

Sam’s father objected to the marriage, stating: “What we don’t like is a 30-year-old woman, marrying this 20-year-old boy and bringing him in over Sam’s 11-year-old girl, Linda.” Bobby who was Sam’s protégé, played with his brothers in the group The Valentinos. After Bobby married Barbara, they were ostracized from their families and he faced hostile crowds. Bobby was pistol whipped and beat up by Sam’s brothers. Barbara and Bobby had a son named Vincent

(1966–1986) who later committed suicide, Barbara previously had a son named Vincent (1961–1963)

with Sam who drowned. Bobby and Barbara separated in 1970 after she shot at him when she discovered he was having an affair with his teenaged stepdaughter Linda. Linda later went on to marry Bobby’s brother Cecil Womack (ex-husband of Mary Wells) and they formed the duo Womack & Womack.

Sam Cooke’s widow Marries Bobby Womack 77 Days Days After His Death

In February 1965, Sam Cooke’s widow Barbara Cooke and Bobby Womack made headlines when the announced they were getting married two months after Sam was killed. Before their wedding, Bobby told Jet (Feb 18, 1965):

 “You must remember I was Sam’s guitar player for a long time. We were very close. I actually feel that he would want me to do this. I stayed around her during the crisis. She really needed someone at the time. Love is love and that is what it is with us. When I told her how I felt she was shocked. It took her a while to get adjusted to the idea.” Asked how long it took Mrs. cook to give her consent to marriage, he added “three weeks to a month.”

Sam’s father objected to the marriage, stating: “What we don’t like is a 30-year-old woman, marrying this 20-year-old boy and bringing him in over Sam’s 11-year-old girl, Linda.” Bobby who was Sam’s protégé, played with his brothers in the group The Valentinos. After Bobby married Barbara, they were ostracized from their families and he faced hostile crowds. Bobby was pistol whipped and beat up by Sam’s brothers. Barbara and Bobby had a son named Vincent

(1966–1986) who later committed suicide, Barbara previously had a son named Vincent (1961–1963)

with Sam who drowned. Bobby and Barbara separated in 1970 after she shot at him when she discovered he was having an affair with his teenaged stepdaughter Linda. Linda later went on to marry Bobby’s brother Cecil Womack (ex-husband of Mary Wells) and they formed the duo Womack & Womack.

Vintage Jet Magazine Covers – 1960s

The Mississippi Blues Trail

  1. Robert Johnson (Greenwood, MS)
  2. Ike Turner (Clarksdale, MS)
  3. Howlin’ Wolf (West Point, MS)
  4. B.B. King (Berclair, MS)
  5. Otis Rush (Philadelphia, MS)
  6. Son House (Tunica, MS)
  7. Muddy Waters (Rolling Fork, MS)
  8. Albert King (Indianola, MS)
  9. Bo Diddley (McComb, MS)
  10. Elvis Presley (Tupelo, MS)

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Vintage R&B Concert Posters

  1. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – November 16, 1954
  2. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – June 10, 1959
  3. Oakland Auditorium (Oakland, California) – February 8, 1963
  4. Exhibition Garden (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) – June 26, 1964
  5. Wilmer’s Park (Brandywine, Maryland) – July 25, 1965
  6. Veterans Memorial Auditorium (Columbus, Ohio) – October 25, 1965
  7. Carr’s Beach (Annapolis, Maryland) – June 26, 1966
  8. Civic Auditorium (Knoxville, Tennessee) – March 31, 1967
  9. Shelby County Fairgrounds (Shelbina, Missouri) – July 27, 1968
  10. Norfolk Arena (Norfolk, Virginia) – November 22, 1969

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Vintage R&B Concert Posters

1. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – November 16, 1954

2. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – June 10, 1959

3. Oakland Auditorium (Oakland, California) – February 8, 1963

4. Exhibition Garden (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) – June 26, 1964

5. Wilmer’s Park (Brandywine, Maryland) – July 25, 1965

6. Veterans Memorial Auditorium (Columbus, Ohio) – October 25, 1965

7. Carr’s Beach (Annapolis, Maryland) – June 26, 1966

8. Civic Auditorium (Knoxville, Tennessee) – March 31, 1967

9. Shelby County Fairgrounds (Shelbina, Missouri) – July 27, 1968

10. Norfolk Arena (Norfolk, Virginia) – November 22, 1969

On this day in music history: December 2, 1957 – “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart for 2 weeks, also topping the Rhythm & Blues chart for 6 weeks on November 25, 1957. Written by Sam Cooke, it is the biggest hit for the R&B vocal icon from Clarksdale, MS. Formerly the lead singer of the legendary gospel vocal group The Soul Stirrers, Sam Cooke’s butter smooth tenor voice, natural charisma and movie star good looks make him an immediate stand out from the other members of the group. After enjoying more than five years of success as their frontman, Cooke is anxious to move out of the world of gospel into secular rhythm & blues and pop. At a time when it is deeply frowned upon for a gospel singer to make that move, Sam records his first solo single “Loveable” in 1956, an R&B/Pop flavored remake of the gospel song “Wonderful” under the name “Dale Cook”. It is obvious to all who it actually is and Cooke begins recording under his own name from then on. However, the singer and his producer Bumps Blackwell clash over musical direction with Specialty Records founder Art Rupe, and the abruptly leave the label. Cooke signs with Los Angeles based indie label Keen Records (owned by Bob Keane) in 1957, and begins working on material. Sitting with a  guitar, Cooke comes up with the chord progression that becomes “You Send Me”, quickly writing the lyrics. Sam gives the writing credit to his brother L.C. Cook, to prevent his song publisher from collecting royalties on it. The track is cut at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, CA on June 1, 1957 with musicians Rene Hall (arrangement and rhythm guitar), Ted Brinson (bass), Earl Palmer (drums), and Cliff White (guitar). During the same session, Cooke records a cover of the Gershwin classic “Summertime” issued on the B-side of the single. Released on September 7, 1957, “You Send Me” quickly becomes a huge hit. First racing up the rhythm & blues chart, then crossing over to the pop singles chart. Entering the Best Sellers chart at #6 on October 28, 1957, it leaps to the top of the chart five weeks later. The success of “You Send Me” is a watershed moment in music history, both proving the widespread mainstream appeal of R&B music, and ushering in the era in which rhythm & blues genre becomes known as Soul music. An R&B and pop standard, “You Send Me” is covered numerous times over the years, with versions recorded by Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Van Morrison, The Everly Brothers and Rod Stewart to name a few. Sam Cooke’s original recording is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.“You Send Me” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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