Sam Cooke's Family Denies Involvement in Murder-Based Biopic

March 19, 2015

Following news that an "authorized" biopic about soul singer Sam Cooke and the strange circumstances surrounding his 1964 death was on the way, members of the Cooke family – including his younger brother L.C. Cooke – have since...


Sam Cooke Biopic Focusing on Murder On Its Way

March 18, 2015

The family of Sam Cooke has signed off on a deal that will bring an authorized biopic about the "A Change Is Gonna Come" singer to the big screen. However, don't expect a conventional music biography like the Johnny Cash film I Walk the Line...



Paul Rodgers Wails Otis Redding's 'I've Been Loving You Too Long'

December 13, 2013

On his new studio album, The Royal Sessions, rock legend Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company) pays tribute to the iconic soul music of Memphis, Tennessee. The LP, recorded at Willie Mitchell's revered Royal Studios, finds Rodgers tackling classics from artists...


Darlene Love: Let Love Rule

June 20, 2013

That was way over the top!" howls Darlene Love. The topic is Al Pacino's portrayal of her old boss Phil Spector, in the recent HBO biopic. "Phil would never shoot off a gun in the studio – not with musicians around!" We're in a drab ad hoc backstage...


Best Summer Songs of All Time

July 1, 2013

The summer song is one of rock's truest pleasures, be it a dance jam that dominates every backyard cookout or a sweet ode to cars, girls and partying at the beach. Here are our picks for the most sizzling summer jams ever – from unshakeable oldies...



Happy Belated 80th Birthday to the Great Sam Cooke

January 24, 2011

Had Sam Cooke lived, Saturday would have been his 80th birthday. Here's an amazing clip of the soul legend performing Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" on Shindig in September of 1964. (It's probably the only time that song was performed with go-go...



Soul Singer James Phelps Dies at 78

October 29, 2010

Soul singer James Phelps, who performed alongside Sam Cooke and had a hit on Chess in 1965 with "Love Is A Five Letter Word," died in Los Angeles on October 26th from complications stemming from diabetes. He was 78. Born in Shreveport Louisiana, Phelps...



Bobby Womack Reacts to Hall of Fame News: "I Wish I Could Call Sam Cooke"

January 14, 2009

Bobby Womack says he is extremely happy to learn he'll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the 2009 class (Metallica, Jeff Beck, Run-DMC and Little Anthony and the Imperials). "My very first thought was — I wish I could...


Album Review

Keep Movin' On

January 23, 2002

Of all the phases of Sam Cooke's brief, incandescent career — from his early gospel stardom to his amazing leap into pop and soul that almost single-handedly shoved black music into the future — none is more tantalizing than the recordings...


Album Review

The Man and His Music

April 10, 1986
Not Rated

The Man and His Music is the second release in RCA's four-part reissue tribute to Sam Cooke. The first, Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963, was issued last year. It captured Cooke at his "Having a Party" peak, all fire and brimstone and rock...


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Rock's Top Ten

February 13, 1986

At last, rock & roll — the sound heard round the world for three decades — has its own hall of fame. Rock history is full of innovators, superstars and unsung heroes who transformed this primitive, propulsive devil music into a force for...