439 Nights to Twist Away

Sam Cooke wrote a lot of songs. You’ve probably heard of some of these songs: “You Send Me,” “Chain Gang,” “Wonderful World,” and “Twistin’ the Night Away.” According to the Internet, he was considered among the greatest of all time and commonly known as the King of Soul. Being that great means he died young. At just 33, he was fatally shot by the manager of a motel in LA. It was ruled justifiable homicide but, like all great musicians, that has been called into question by family, friends, and acquaintances.

‘Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 (RCA, 1985) was the second live album recorded by the singer-songwriter. Wiki says that RCA Victor viewed the album “as too gritty and raw and possibly damaging to his pop image” so they didn’t release it until 1985. Now, it’s considered among the best live albums. It is a fun album, even for those of us that aren’t big fans of live albums. You should give it listen for yourself.