I absolutely worship Sam Cooke (best popular r&b/gospel ever, imo), but i think "Travelin' Man" might be one of the most perfect-sounding records of any era.
― PB, Thursday, 31 March 2005 23:00 (fifteen years ago) link
― PB, Thursday, 31 March 2005 23:02 (fifteen years ago) link
― Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 31 March 2005 23:17 (fifteen years ago) link
― ffirehorse (firehorse), Thursday, 31 March 2005 23:23 (fifteen years ago) link
Weird thing is that "Travelin' Man" was actually written specifically for Sam Cooke, but either Sam or JW Alexander rejected it. Joe Osborn happened to hear it and brought it to Ricky to record, bringing along Glen Campbell, who was somehow involved, to sing backing vocals.
― zing left unguarded, the j/k palace in flames (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 05:23 (eight years ago) link
Ricky Nelson's better than you might think, but "Chain Gang," easily. Loved it in Atlanta. A friend: "'Chain Gang' is my favourite Sam Cooke song. I love how someone (can’t recall who) described it as the first 'industrial' song, with its hammers-hitting-rocks beat, which is only partly what I love about it."
― clemenza, Thursday, 18 February 2021 17:26 (two weeks ago) link