january 2011

Birthday Salutes To Sam Cooke…

Born January 22, 1931

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‘Blowin’ In the Wind’

Sam Cooke and Muhammad Ali, ‘The Gang’s All Here’

Sam Cooke is joined by Jackie Wilson for a live version of ‘Everybody Likes To Cha Cha Cha’

Sam Cooke, ‘Meet Me at Mary’s Place’

Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, ‘Last  Mile of the Way’

Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, ‘Were You There’

Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, ‘Touch the Hem of His Garment’/‘Jesus, Wash Away My Troubles,’ two Cooke-penned spirituals.


And To Roger Miller

Born January 2, 1936

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Roger Miller, ‘King of the Road’

On the Johnny Cash Show, March 4, 1970, ‘Home’

On the Glen Campbell Show: Glen does a fine version of “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” complete with a cool guitar solo at the end, then has Roger Miller join him on the latter’s hits  “In The Summertime” and “Dang Me.”

The Glen Campbell Show, with Glen, Johnny Cash, Roger Miller and John Denver teaming up on ‘Rocky Top’—check out Glen on banjo.

Roger Miller & Willie Nelson team on Miller’s gem of a country lament for failed connubial bliss, ‘Husbands and Wives,’ on their 1981 Old Friends album

With Bobby Bare looking on, Roger Miller performs a solo acoustic version of his “Leavin’s Not The Only Way To Go,’ from Miller’s Tony Award winning score for the hit Broadway musical Big River

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