Thursday, June 27, 2013

Record #0396: Good News / Basin Street Blues – SAM COOKE

RCA Victor 47-8299 (original) USA, Jan. 22, 1964
Words & Music bySide A – Sam Cooke; Side B – Spencer Williams
Musicians: Sam Cooke (vocals), Joseph Gibbons (guitar and banjo), René Hall (guitar), Edward Hall (drums and percussion), Howard Roberts (guitar), John Pisano (guitar), Clifton White (guitar), Eddie Tilman (bass), Emil Radoccia (marimbi, tympani and percussion), John Ewing (trombone), Jewell Grant (sax), William Green (sax), Edgar Redmond (sax) and an unknown pianist and string section on side B
Recording sessions: Produced by Hugo and Luigi at RCA Studio, Hollywood, CA, Side A - Dec. 20; Side B - Dec. 21, 1963
Highest chart positions:  US #11, US R&B #1

Here's a piece of good Soul / R&B from the last year of Cooke's career. He released only four singles after this in his lifetime.

List price:  Very Good+ is $6, Near Mint is $12

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