One of the most influential singers in popular music, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sam Cooke[/lastfm] scored his first Number 1 with his celebrated single, “You Send Me.”
Born in 1931, the son of a Baptist minister, Cooke found fame at the age of 19, when he replaced R.H. Harris as the lead singer of the gospel group, the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Soul Stirrers[/lastfm].
Approached by Specialty Records A&R man “Bumps” Blackwell in 1956, Cooke recorded his first secular single as “Dale Cooke,” so as not to offend his gospel audience. His voice couldn’t be hidden, though; once his partners got wind of his “other life,” he was fired from the Soul Stirrers and became a full-time pop singer.
When Specialty refused to release any more singles, Cooke signed with Keen Records, where he recorded until 1960, when RCA bought his contract for an astronomical $100,000 (roughly $700,000 in 2011 dollars).
“You Send Me” was Cooke’s very first single for Keen, his very first hit and his only Number 1, where it sat for two weeks in December 1957. His companions in the Top 5? [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elvis[/lastfm], the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Everly Brothers[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bill Justis[/lastfm] and the Rays, with their hit, “Silhouettes.”
From American Bandstand:
Read More On Fresh1027.com:
- New Music To Know: Laura Mvula’s Unexpected World Of ‘Orchestral Soul’
- Avril Lavigne Goes To Marilyn Manson For Music And Style Advice
- Francis Bean Cobain Calls Out Kendall Jenner On Twitter
- Style Files: Beyoncé Curates Rent The Runway Boutique
- Carly Rae Jepsen Enlists Fans’ Help For New Song ‘Take A Picture’
- Blake Shelton Organizing Benefit Concert For Oklahoma Tornado Victims
- Jon Bon Jovi To Justin Bieber: ‘You’re an a**hole’
- Despite No New Music, One Direction Aims To Rule Summer With Book, 3-D Film & Tour
- On The Charts: Vampire Weekend’s Second No. 1 Album
- Backstreet’s Back: Charli XCX Covers ‘I Want It That Way’
- Sara Bareilles Set To Play LGBT Democratic Fundraiser In New York
- Producer Steve Lillywhite Attributes U2 Connection To Ian Curtis Death
- GLSEN Honors Jason Collins and Other LGBT Role Models
- Rihanna’s ‘Styled To Rock’ Inches Closer Toward U.S. Premiere
- Storm-Chasing Member Of Shiny Toy Guns Sees Oklahoma Hometown Destroyed By Tornado