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Sam Cooke- Ain't That Good News (1964)

Updated: Jan 4

Sam Cooke- Ain’t That Good News

(RCA Victor)

Released February 1964

Recorded February 28, 1963- January 30, 1964

Sam Cooke's 1964 album (Ain't That) Good News is pivotal in the soul singer's career. Born in Mississippi in 1931, Cooke left an incredible mark on soul music by fusing gospel with R&B. The album reflects both professional success and personal tragedy, as Cooke experienced divorce, a car crash, and the death of his youngest child. Chart-topping singles like "(Ain't That) Good News," "Another Saturday Night," and "Good Times" showcase Cooke's upbeat style. The second half features poignant ballads, including the iconic "A Change Is Gonna Come," symbolizing the Civil Rights Movement. Despite overproduction on some tracks, Cooke's vocal prowess shines, adding complexity to his legacy after his tragic death in 1964. Cooke's influence on popular music remains profound. Chart Position -#34 U.S. Billboard Charts.

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