Sam Cooke would only be 63 this year, if he hadn't been killed in 1964.

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This makes me extremely sad. Poor Sam.

amateur!st (amateurist), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 04:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Whoops. I mean 73. Still, he'd be around.

amateur!st (amateurist), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 04:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

God, did I manage to fuck this one up.

amateur!st (amateurist), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 04:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

No, he was born in 1931, so he'd be 73 this year.
Daniel Wolff's "You Send Me" has been on my "to read" list for years. Has anybody here read it? Comments?

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 04:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i think now there's another bio by peter guralnick

amateur!st (amateurist), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 04:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

it is very sad!

s1ocki (slutsky), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 04:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Guralnick's still working on his book; it's not out yet. The Wolff one is fantastic; he not only has it all down in terms of the facts, he also teases a lot out of the music.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 05:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Has anyone seen the Sam Cooke DVD called Legend, I believe? Is it any good?

Jonathan (Jonathan), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 10:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Otis Redding would be only 62 had he lived. That makes me sad, too. Look at all the great music we've lost.

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 11:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

He could have resat his History, Biology, Science and French exams ...

coco, Wednesday, 19 May 2004 11:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah and worked out what a slide rule's for while he was at it!

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 11:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Sid Vicious would have been 47 last week.

If only he'd lived, who knows, he might even have been able to play an entire song all the way through by now.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 12:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've seen a number of favorable reviews of the Cooke dvd but I haven't seen the dvd yet either.

I too liked the Wolff bio of Cooke. Lots of information and well-written stylistically. It will be interesting to see what Guralnick can add.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 14:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The stuff on Sam Cooke in "Boogaloo" was very good, but I can't compare it to the Wolff book or any other stuff.

Scott CE (Scott CE), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 15:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Wolff's book is great - not a revelatory bio, but it covers all the bases and doesn't shy away from any of the controversies that surrounded him (including his murder). It is *really* sad though - the bit at the end where he describes his funeral and Ray Charles unexpectedly showing and singing "He Was a Friend of Mine" is incredibly moving.

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 19 May 2004 16:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the "legend" cd sounds great. usually it's like 19 dollars, but i found it at virgin megastore on sale for 10, so i snapped it up.

amateur!st (amateurist), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 16:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I just heard "Lonely Island" for the first time. So so good.

poortheatre, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 23:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Sam Cooke American Masters special on PBS stations tonight--9 pm Eastern on some stations, 10 on others, down't know about elsewhere.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 02:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

Some good photos, film and interviews. Not amazing, it was only an hour, but worth watching.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 04:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think the show might be old. Not sure where or if its showing elsewhere. The Md. PBS station also ran a Marvin Gaye American Masters but alas Comcast in Va took that station off of my basic cable service.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 13:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

Haven’t been listening to Sam Cooke in years really, but “Sad Mood” was playing in my dreams last night:

Such beautiful phrasing.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 2 December 2018 01:17 (five months ago) Permalink

This live recording is a revelation, never heard Cooke sound so raw. Just tearing it up.

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Sunday, 2 December 2018 12:14 (five months ago) Permalink

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