SAR Records Story

Label
Abkco
Release date
3 Aug 2005
Running length
67 tracks
Running time
145:27

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Soul Stirrers - Wade in the Water (Chatter) 0:12 1
2 The Soul Stirrers - Wade In The Water 3:08 4,706
3 The Soul Stirrers - I'm A Pilgrim 2:58 1,363
4 The Soul Stirrers - Praying Ground 2:24 933
5 R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders - Somebody (Chatter) 0:07 3
6 R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders - Somebody 2:11 318
7 R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders - Sometimes 2:44 333
8 The Soul Stirrers - Amazing Grace 2:08 1,938
9 R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders - Pass Me Not 2:36 281
10 The Soul Stirrers - Oh Mary, Don't You Weep (Chatter) 0:50 223
11 The Soul Stirrers - Oh Mary, Don't You Weep 2:51 863
12 The Soul Stirrers - Since I Met The Savior 3:01 535
13 The Soul Stirrers - God Is Standing By 2:58 923
14 The Soul Stirrers - Lead Me To Calvary-Rehearsal 1:23 118
15 The Soul Stirrers - Listen To The Angels Sing 3:01 719
16 The Soul Stirrers - Don't Leave Me Alone 2:14 1,354
17 The Soul Stirrers - Stand By Me Father 2:42 3,286
18 The Soul Stirrers - Jesus Be A Fence Around Me 2:33 2,116
19 The Soul Stirrers - Lead Me Jesus 1:53 446
20 The Soul Stirrers - Free At Last 2:59 1,082
21 The Soul Stirrers - Looking Back (Chatter) 0:52 160
22 The Soul Stirrers - Looking Back 3:01 610
23 R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders - Born Again 2:07 283
24 R.H. Harris & His Gospel Paraders - Wait On Jesus 2:16 207
25 The Soul Stirrers - Time Brings About A Change 2:30 211
26 The Soul Stirrers - Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone 2:40 297
27 The Womack Brothers - Yield Not To Temptation (Chatter) 0:25 4
28 The Womack Brothers - Yield Not To Temptation 2:26 177
29 The Womack Brothers - Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray 2:27 234
30 The Womack Brothers - Somewhere There's A God 2:13 196
31 Sam Cooke - That's Heaven to Me 2:22 10,527
1 Sam Cooke - You Send Me (Demo) 1:42 2,322
2 Sam Cooke - Just For You 2:21 40,473
3 Sam Cooke - Somewhere There's A Girl 2:26 650
4 Sam Cooke - You Were Made for Me 2:52 47,447
5 Mel Carter - When A Boy Falls In Love 2:53 527
6 The Simms Twins - Soothe Me 2:16 590
7 The Simms Twins - That's Where It's At (Chatter) 0:14 2
8 The Simms Twins - That's Where It's At 2:05 278
9 The Valentinos - Everybody Wants To Fall In Love 2:25 375
10 Johnnie Taylor - Keep On Loving You 2:45 251
11 Johnnie Taylor - I'll Always Be In Love With You 2:13 428
12 Johnnie Taylor - Baby, We've Got Love (Chatter) 0:13 1
13 Johnnie Taylor - Baby, We've Got Love 2:07 309
14 The Valentinos - Baby, Lots Of Luck 2:41 490
15 L.C. Cooke - Put Me Down Easy 2:29 411
16 Johnnie Taylor - Rome (Wasn't Built In A Day) 2:37 4,312
17 Billy Preston - Greazee Part I And II 4:22 124
18 The Simms Twins - I Gopher You 2:22 194
19 The Simms Twins - I Gopher You (Chatter) 0:04 3
20 Johnnie Morisette - You're Always On My Mind 2:03 309
21 Johnnie Taylor - I Need Lots Of Love 2:44 526
22 Johnnie Morisette - Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong 2:40 240
23 Johnnie Morisette - Black Night 2:37 285
24 Johnnie Morisette - Damper 2:18 252
25 Johnnie Taylor - You Can Run (But You Can't Hide) 2:45 199
26 Johnnie Morisette - Meet Me at the Twisting Place (Chatter) 0:14 1
27 Johnnie Morisette - Meet Me At The Twisting Place 2:52 266
28 The Simms Twins - Good Good Loving 2:03 190
29 L.C. Cooke - The Wobble 2:30 218
30 The Valentinos - Lookin' For A Love (Chatter) 0:14 3
31 The Valentinos - Lookin' For A Love 2:28 638
32 The Valentinos - I've Got Love For You 2:27 358
33 The Valentinos - I've Got A Girl (Chatter) 0:25 6
34 The Valentinos - I've Got A Girl 2:13 460
35 The Valentinos - Tired Of Living In The Country 2:43 284
36 The Valentinos - It's All Over Now 2:52 1,272

About this album

January 22, 1931-December 11, 1964.

Sam Cooke, the son of Reverend Charles Cooke, Sr., (a Baptist minister) and Annie May Cooke was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The family moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1933. He had four brothers and three sisters -Willie, Charles Jr., L.C., David, Hattie, Mary and Agnes. Sam graduated from Wendell Phillips High School in 1948, where he distinguished himself as an “A” student as well as being voted “most likely to succeed”.

During his formative years, Sam, together with his brothers Charles Jr., L.C. and sisters Mary and Hattie, performed as a gospel group “The Singing Children”. At the age of 15, Sam became lead singer of the famous “teenage” gospel group the “Highway QC’s” until he was 19 when he was hand picked by Roy (S.R.) Crain, manager of the “Soul Stirrers”, to replace the legendary R.H. Harris as lead singer.

In 1950, with the “Soul Stirrers”, he began his writing and recording career on Specialty Records with such gospel classics as “Nearer To Thee”, “Touch The Hem Of His Garment” and “Be With Me Jesus”. For six electrifying years he established a new standard for gospel expression. “It isn’t what you sing that is so important”, said Sam’s father, “but rather the fact that God gave you a good voice to use. He must want you to make people happy by singing, so go ahead and do so.”With these words of encouragement, he did just that. At the height of his fame in the gospel world and with the screams of believers raising him up and being raised up by him, Sam left it all behind.

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