1. The Womack Brothers, "Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray," 1962
Formed in the Cleveland Baptist church where their steelworker father was a part-time minister, the sweet-voiced Womack family vocal group (featuring five brothers) cut this gospel track on mentor Sam Cooke's label when Bobby was already a brash, accomplished 18-year-old singer-guitarist (soon to be touring with Cooke). Later secularized as the single "Lookin' for a Love" after a name-change to the Valentinos, the original featured Bobby's ferocious vocal rising up from the uncertainty of "going way down yonder in the valley by myself." Before long, the young man's howling and screaming in defiance.