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Sam Cooke

I'll Come Running Back To You

It’s part of R&B legend that Sam Cooke began his recording career singing gospel at Specialty Records, and that in June of 1956, he wrote to company president Art Rupe, saying, "A friend I've been knowing for quite some time asked me if I would consider recording some popular ballads for one of the major recording companies. I told him yes." Cooke's plan was to cut pop records "under another name. And I would continue to record and sing with the group. I have my material ready and all I need is an okay from you." Rupe's answer was swiftly and emphatically negative, but he agreed to let Cooke record some pop material pseudonymously for Specialty. Rupe had made stars of Lloyd Price, Larry Williams and Little Richard, and thought rock 'n' roll was meant to be as tough and unforgiving as gospel. Clearly, Cooke thought otherwise.

Rupe became furious when Cooke and his producer, Bumps Blackwell, hired a white chorus for a session, and things only became worse as Cooke demanded more money. Rupe finally told Blackwell that he could forego some bonuses and take the Sam Cooke tapes. Blackwell agreed, and left with You Send Me. It was, Rupe admits, the worst business decision of his life, and his only recourse was to take a demo tape that Cooke had recorded in April 1957 and overdub it on November 1 with guitarist Rene Hall and the same background singers he’d hated on You Send Me. Together, they approximated the sound of Cooke’s new hit, and it was only apparent in a couple of spots that this was a concocted master.

It was a successful move in that I’ll Come Running Back To You reached #1 on the R&B charts and #18 on the pop charts, but the bad news for Rupe was that the bottom of the barrel was in sight.

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Live at the Harlem Square Club (CD, Japan) Sam Cooke: Live at the Harlem Square Club (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CD002117

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8 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD) Sam Cooke: 8 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRGR001

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Playlist: Very Best Of Sam Cooke (CD) Sam Cooke: Playlist: Very Best Of Sam Cooke (CD) Art-Nr.: CD61987

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The Great Sam Cooke (CD) Sam Cooke: The Great Sam Cooke (CD) Art-Nr.: CDGLD63144

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The Man And His Music (CD, Japan) Sam Cooke: The Man And His Music (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CDR32P1041

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The Best Of Sam Cooke (CD, Japan) Sam Cooke: The Best Of Sam Cooke (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CDB20D41034

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(BMG Victor Inc.) 13 Tracks - RCA Victor recordings!
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Wonderful World (LP) Sam Cooke: Wonderful World (LP) Art-Nr.: LPCL89903

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(RCA) 12 tracks - Original 'Keen' and 'RCA' recordings incl. his top hits 'Twistin' The Night Away', 'Chain Gang' 'Wonderful World' and 'Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha'
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The Best Of Sam Cooke (CD) Sam Cooke: The Best Of Sam Cooke (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPA781

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(Paradiso) 21 tracks Original BMG
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Classic Album And Singles Collection (3-CD) Sam Cooke: Classic Album And Singles Collection (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDGSS5641

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(Golden Stars) 40 tracks
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Night Beat (CD) Sam Cooke: Night Beat (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRCA68098

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(2001 BMG Entertainment Europe) 12 tracks, remastered 1963 RCA album with 12 page booklet. - This is one of those few outstanding albums that sound perfect - even after forty years. The way Sam sings is unbelievable, hitting every note...
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Here's Sam Cooke (CD) Sam Cooke: Here's Sam Cooke (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSI905658

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(2008/Diksy) 16 tracks
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Rarezas (CD) Sam Cooke: Rarezas (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBP0022

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(1994/Barsa Promociones) 12 tracks, spanish pressing
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Rarezas - Rarities (LP) Sam Cooke: Rarezas - Rarities (LP) Art-Nr.: LPBARSA0022

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(1991/Barsa)12 tracks - Rarities from the 'Specialty' era
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Heroes Collection (2-CD) Sam Cooke: Heroes Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDPGD052

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(2009/Pegasus) 50 tracks
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Night Beat (2-LP, 180g Vinyl, 45rpm, Ltd.) Sam Cooke: Night Beat (2-LP, 180g Vinyl, 45rpm, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LPLSP2709

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(2017/Sony-RCA) 12 Tracks on 45rpm speed! Reissue of the original 1963 RCA Victor album! Deluxe Package, high quality virgin vinyl! From the original master tapes, recorded in Hollywood with the help of the wonderful Rene Hall Orchestra!...
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Tribute To The Lady (LP & CD, 180g Vinyl) Sam Cooke: Tribute To The Lady (LP & CD, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPDOK321

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(2010/Doxy) 12 tracks - Reproduction of the original 1959 album
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The Complete Solo Singles As & Bs 1957-62 (2-CD) Sam Cooke: The Complete Solo Singles As & Bs 1957-62 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDADD3168

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(2016/Acrobat) 58 tracks. Sam Cooke is widely regarded as a pioneer of the Soul, which created a crossover between R & B and pop of the late 50s and is considered highly influential artist and songwriter. The great 58-track 2 CD...
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Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963 (LP) Sam Cooke: Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963 (LP) Art-Nr.: LPPL85181

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(1985/RCA) 9 tracks - Recorded live at the Harlem Square Club in Northern Miami, January 12, 1963! Extensive liner notes on the back of the cover by Peter Guralnick.
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Encore (CD) Sam Cooke: Encore (CD) Art-Nr.: CDKEEN2003

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​(1989/Keen) 12 tracks
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For Always - 20 Beloved Classics (LP, 180g Vinyl) Sam Cooke: For Always - 20 Beloved Classics (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPVP80007

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(2010/Vinyl Passion) 20 tracks - Original recordings remastered - DMM Cutting
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Keep Movin' On (SACD) Sam Cooke: Keep Movin' On (SACD) Art-Nr.: CDSA95632

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(2001/Abkco) 23 tracks, 1959-64 'RCA Records' (62:51/23) Re-mastered by Rick Essig and Bob Ludwig. Hybrid-SACD - plays on all modern CD players
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Hits! (CD) Sam Cooke: Hits! (CD) Art-Nr.: CD78322

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(2000/BMG) 21 tracks 1960-1963 with 12 page booklet. Album includes an unreleased version of 'Sad Mood' and a previously unreleased take of 'Another Saturday Night'. Stereo versions - brilliant sound!
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Cooke's Tour (Ltd. Edt 180g Vinyl) Sam Cooke: Cooke's Tour (Ltd. Edt 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LP772052

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(2014/Wax Time) 14 tracks. Original 1960 RCA Victor album reissue plus 2 bonus tracks. Limited edition audiophile. DMM mastering. 180 gram virgin vinyl, including a free MP3 music Downloads. Some rare cover versions such as Belafonte's...
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Portrait Of A Legend (2-LP) Sam Cooke: Portrait Of A Legend (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LP7192641

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(2014/Back To Black) 31 tracks. 1951-64. 180 g vinyl.
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Cooke's Tour Plus Hit Kit Sam Cooke: Cooke's Tour Plus Hit Kit Art-Nr.: CD600845

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(2015/Soul Jam) 28 tracks Both LPs Cooke's Tour and Hit Kit by Sam Cooke on this CD-Album. Also includes 4 bonus tracks.
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Twistin' (1962)...plus 180g Vinyl   Sam Cooke: Twistin' (1962)...plus 180g Vinyl Art-Nr.: LP771823

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(2013/Wax Time) 14 tracks. 1962 - includes 4 bonus tracks (Ltd. Edt 180g Vinyl)
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Encore (1958)...plus 180g (incl. album download) Sam Cooke: Encore (1958)...plus 180g (incl. album download) Art-Nr.: LP771947

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(2014/Wax Time) 14 tracks. Includes 2 bonus tracks (Ltd. Edt 180g Vinyl)
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The Wonderful World Of... Sam Cooke: The Wonderful World Of... Art-Nr.: CD600814

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(2012/Soul Jam) 29 tracks
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The RCA Album Collection (8-CD Cube Box) Sam Cooke: The RCA Album Collection (8-CD Cube Box) Art-Nr.: CDSNY98702

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(2011/RCA) 8 original albums 1960-63, mini replica papersleeves, 24 page booklet.
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Best Of (2-CD) Sam Cooke: Best Of (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDNOT386

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Chain Gang Sam Cooke: Chain Gang Art-Nr.: CD3930947

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With The Soul Stirrers Sam Cooke: With The Soul Stirrers Art-Nr.: CDCHD359

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CD on ACE RECORDS by Sam Cooke - With The Soul Stirrers
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Wonderful World - You Send Me 7inch, 45rpm Sam Cooke: Wonderful World - You Send Me 7inch, 45rpm Art-Nr.: MB45504

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Night Beat (1963) - 180g Vinyl Sam Cooke: Night Beat (1963) - 180g Vinyl Art-Nr.: MOVLP163

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​Sony - 12 tracks
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Wonderful World - Best 1957-60 (2-CD) Sam Cooke: Wonderful World - Best 1957-60 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS152

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Sam Cooke - Wonderful World - Best 1957-60 (2-CD)
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One Night Stand: Live At The Harlem Square Sam Cooke: One Night Stand: Live At The Harlem Square Art-Nr.: CDRCA63812

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(2009/SONY) 10 tracks 1963
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Peace In The Valley - 180g Vinyl Sam Cooke: Peace In The Valley - 180g Vinyl Art-Nr.: GET8063

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$12.13
Forever (2-CD) Sam Cooke: Forever (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDNOT254

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(2008/NOT KNOW) 30 tracks 1951-57 including his 'Keen' debut album. nice price !
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Portrait Of A Legend 1951-64 (EU) Sam Cooke: Portrait Of A Legend 1951-64 (EU) Art-Nr.: CD9872418

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(2003/ABKCO) 30 tracks, original Specialty, Keen, Sar and RCA Victor recordings, 24-page booklet with very extensive liner notes by Peter Guralnick to every single song incl. all session details like musicians, studios, recording dates,...
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The Two Sides Of Sam Cooke Sam Cooke: The Two Sides Of Sam Cooke Art-Nr.: CDSPCD2119

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(SPECIALTY) 12 tracks, featuring his Gospel sides with the Soul Stirrers and some Pop material.
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Night Beat Sam Cooke: Night Beat Art-Nr.: CD69551

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This is one of those few outstanding albums that sound perfect - even after forty years. The way Sam sings is unbelievable, hitting every note at the right spot, and soulful at the same time. The backing is superb, and the recording...
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The Best Of Sam Cooke ...plus (CD) Sam Cooke: The Best Of Sam Cooke ...plus (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRCA69550

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(2005/SONYBMG) 15 tracks, 1957-196
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At The Copa Sam Cooke: At The Copa Art-Nr.: CDSA99702

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(1964 'RCA Records') (42:32/13) Re-mastered by Bob Ludwig. Hybrid-SACD (spielt auf allen modernen CD-Spielern / plays on all modern CD players)
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Complete Specialty Recordings   3-CD Sam Cooke: Complete Specialty Recordings 3-CD Art-Nr.: CDSP4437

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(1951-57'Specialty') (229:06/84) Die kompletten frühen Aufnahmen; alle Titel mit der Gospel-Formation The Soul Stirrers sowie seine ersten Solo-Aufnahmen. Kommt im Schuber mit 40-seitigem Begleitbüchlein. Wunderschöne Gesamtdokumentation...
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Keep Movin' On (CD) Sam Cooke: Keep Movin' On (CD) Art-Nr.: CDABK3563

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(2001/Abkco) 23 tracks, 1959-64 'RCA Records' (62:51/23) Re-mastered by Rick Essig and Bob Ludwig.
$33.64
Greatest - 1998 Edition Sam Cooke: Greatest - 1998 Edition Art-Nr.: CDRCA67605

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Brandnew compilation - digitally remastered with a fantastic sound !
$22.35