The Supremes mourn a great soul

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As they conquered everything before them in the mid-1960s, the supreme certainly couldn’t be accused of lacking in versatility.

Berry Gordy’s vision of a trio of artists whose appeal could cross all genres and demographics came to fruition in a 1964-65 three-album blizzard in just six months. The group addressed Beatlesmania and the first British invasion (A bit of Liverpool), the Nashville scene (to some extent, at least, on The Supremes Sing Country, Western & Pop), then the recent death of a seminal man, the We remember Sam Cooke.

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Florence shines

The great vocal stylist and songwriter died prematurely in December 1964, prompting the Supremes to enter the studio in the New Year to create a collection of Cookethe most loved songs from. They included the immortal “You Send Me”, “Chain Gang” and “Wonderful World”. Amid the usual preponderance of the main voices of Diana ross, there was also a chance for Florence Ballard to shine, as she took center stage for the “(Ain’t That) Good News” closing.

As the group continued to be marketed to the widest possible audience, We remember Sam Cooke entered the US album chart – at a modest No. 139 – on May 8, 1965. It was then that they soared into the Hot 100, 66-38 that same week, with the song that would become their fifth consecutive n ° 1. Single,Again in your arms. Meanwhile, Sam’s music is part of their live set, most notably at Copacabana in New York. The album The Supremes at the Copa was recorded there, with a Cooke medley, in the summer of 1965.

“Good interpretations of his material”

We remember Sam Cooke only peaked at n ° 75 on Billboard‘s pop LP chart, but reached No.5 on the R&B countdown. The magazine’s review was enthusiastic that “the trio’s salute to Cooke translates into beautiful renditions of his material and flaunts their versatility as they go from raucous ‘Chain Gang’ to the mellow beat of ‘Only Sixteen’ to a wild and rock version of ‘Shake.’ ”

The tribute was poignant for the group, especially since they had met Cooke early in their career in Motown, as they sought success that initially proved elusive. In his autobiography Dream girls, Mary Wilson recalled that they were introduced to Sam at the famous Flame Bar & Grill in Detroit, where he “wished us luck and told us to keep up the good work. We were so thrilled.

We remember Sam Cooke can be purchased here.

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