As Merle Ginsberg reminded us, today’s the anniversary of Sam Cooke’s somewhat unseemly murder. So we here a Gloomy Tunes figured it was as good a time as any hear his sing. But not the secular songs that made him an international pop star, we’re going to remember his from the start of his career, when he was the lead tenor of the Soul Stirrers gospel group, singing “End of My Journey.”
Cooke’s attempt to cross-over so worried this label, Specialty Records, his first secular song, “Loveable” (a rewrite of the gospel hit “Wonderful”) was released under the barely there pseudonym of Dale Cook. Not that anybody was fooled.