TS: Rick Nelson's "Travelin' Man" vs. Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang"

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Just musically speaking (not paying attention to lyrics), I think "Travelin' Man" is a better song. "Chain Gang" isn't one of Sam Cooke's best, though, IMO.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 31 March 2005 23:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Both classic but the edge goes to Sam.

ffirehorse (firehorse), Thursday, 31 March 2005 23:23 (sixteen years ago) link

seven years pass...

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 (nine years ago) link

eight years pass...

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 (one month ago) link


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