Sam Cooke in the Studio

This is the most complete list of the studio sessions of Sam Cooke. I have including almost everything: as a member of the Soul Stirrers, solo but also as a producer for other artists. There may be some mistakes, mostly because the information in the books and albums is not always the same, I have mentioned it when it happens.

Note on the takes: Sometimes I mention the number of takes it took to record a song, in most cases (especially with the Soul Stirrers) this means the minimum amount of takes that I have found

With Musicians I have listed all that were part of the recording session, it does not automaticalle mean that they play on all the songs of that session, for particular information on the song go to the songs page.

Date: March 1, 1951

Studio: Universal Recorders, Hollywood

A & R: Art Rupe

Musicians: Sam Cooke, SR Crain, Jesse Farley, TL Bruster, Paul Foster, RB Robinson

Songs: Come Let Us Go Back To God    /    Peace In The Valley    /    I´m Gonna Build Right On That Shore (2x)    /    I'm On The Firing Line (2x)    /    Joy, Joy To My Soul    /    Until Jesus Calls Me Home    /    Jesus Done Just What He Said    /    Jesus Gave Me Water    /    He's My Rock (Wait On Jesus)    /    How Far Am I From Canaan?    /    Christ Is All

Information: First Studio Session of Sam Cooke


Date: February 22, 1952

Studio: Universal Recorders, Hollywood

A & R: Art Rupe

Musicians: Sam Cooke, SR Crain, Jesse Farley, Bob King, Paul Foster, RB Robinson

Songs: It Won´t Be Very Long (3 takes)    /    Jesus Will Lead Me To That Promised You (3 takes)    /    How Far Am I From Canaan? (3 takes)    /    Just Another Day    /    Let Me Go Home (2 takes)    /    Jesus Paid The Debt (2 takes)    /    Someday Somewhere


Date: February 27, 1953

Studio: Universal Recorders in Hollywood

A & R: J.W. Alexander

Musicians: Sam Cook, SR Crain, Jesse Farley, Paul Foster, RB Robinson, Bob King (?), Faidest Wagoner (maybe, piano)

Songs: End Of My Journey    /    He'll Welcome Me    /    He's My Friend 'Til The End 2x)    /    I Have A Friend Above All Others


Date: July 10, 1953

Studio: Universal Recorders, Hollywood

A & R: Art Rupe

Musicians: Sam Cook, SR Crain, Jesse Farley, Paul Foster, RB Robinson (vocals), Bob King (guitar)

Songs: Come And Go To That Land (3 takes)    /    I'd Give Up All My Sins And Serve The Lord (aka I Gave Up Everything To Follow Him)    /    I'm So Happy In The Service Of The Lord


Date: March 2, 1954

Studio: Master Recorders, Hollywood

A & R: Art Rupe

Musicians: Sam Cook, SR Crain, Jesse J Farley, Bob King, RB Robinson (vocals), Faidest Wagoner- piano

Songs: All Right Now (4 takes)    /    Any Day Now (6 takes)    /    He´ll Make A Way (2 takes)   /    Jesus I´ll Never Forget (5 takes)


Date: February 16, 1955

Studio: Universal Recording Studios, Chicago

A & R: S.R. Crain

Musicians: Sam Cooke, Paul Foster, Silas Roy Crain, Jesse J Farley, RB Robinson (vocals), Willie Webb -organ, Edward Robinson -piano

Songs: Nearer To Thee    /    Be With Me Jesus    /    One More Time    /    I´m So Glad


Date: August 17, 1955

Studio: Master Recorders, Hollywood

A & R: Art Rupe

Musicians: Sam Cooke, Paul Foster, SR Crain, Leroy Crume, RB Robinson (vocals) Guitar: either Bob King or Leroy Crume. Drums unknown, but most likely Abe Mills.

Songs: He's My Guide (12 takes)    /    Pilgrim of Sorrow    /    Pray    /    The Last Mile Of The Way (3 takes)


Date: February 2, 1956

Studio: Master Recorders, Hollywood

A&R: Art Rupe

Musicians: SR Crain, Sam Cook, Jesse J Farley, RB Robinson, Thomas BrusterPaul Foster (vocals), LeRoy Crume (guitar on Pilgrim of Sorrow), piano, drums and organ unknown, Bob King - guitar on 'Touch The Hem of His Garment'

Songs: Wonderful    /    Farther Along    /    Touch The Hem Of His Garment    /    Must Jesus Bear This Cross Alone    /    Jesus Wash Away My Troubles


Date: August 21, 1956 (probably)

Studio and personnel unknown

Musicians: Sam Cooke

Songs: Happy In Love    /    I Need You Know    /    I'll Come Running Back To You


Date: December 12, 1956

Studio: Cosimo´s Studios: New Orleans

Producer: Bumps Blackwell

Musicians: Earl Palmer -leader/drums, Warren Myles -piano, Edgar Blanchard -guitar, Frank Fields -bass, Lee Allen - tenorsax, Red Tyler - baritonesax, Sam Cooke - vocals

Songs: Lovable    /    Forever    /    That´s All I Need To Know    /    I Don´t Want To Cry


Date: April 10, 1957 (The Complete Recordings of Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers mentioned April 19, as does Peter Guralnick.)

Studio: Universal Recording Studios, Chicago

Producer: Most likely SR Crain

Musicians: Sam Cooke, Paul Foster, SR Crain, Leroy Crume, RB Robinson (vocals), Evelyn Gay -piano, Willie Webb -organ, L.C. Cook -druums, Le Roy Crume -guitar

Songs: That´s Heaven To Me (2 takes)    /    Were You There? (5 takes)    /    Mean Old World (3 takes)    /    Lord Remember Me

Information: Sam's last studio recording with the Soul Stirrers. It was supposed to take place on February 21 but SR Crain had hired a union drummer who threatened to report that Webb and Gay were not. Sam's brother L.C., who had never drummed before, was now asked to sit in and keep the beat.


Date: June 1, 1957

Studio: Radio Recorders

Producer: Bumps Blackwell

Musicians: Cliff White -guitar, Rene Hall -rhythm guitar, Ted Brinson -bass, Earl Palmer -drums, Lee Gotch -background vocals, Piedd Pipers -background vocals

Songs: You Were Made For Me    /    You Send Me    /    Summertime

Information: It started at 1:30pm


Date: June 6, 1957

Studio: Radio Recorders

Musicians: Cliff White -guitar, Rene Hall -Rhythm Guitar, Charles Blackwell -drums, Adolphus Alsbrook -bass, Jack Costanzo -percussion

Songs: Stealing Kisses    /    All Of My Life    /    Win Your Love For Me

Information: session sheet signed by Lou Adler


Date:    August 23, 1957

Studio:    Keen Recording/Radio Recorders, Los Angeles

Producer:    Sam Cooke/Bumps Blackwell        Engineer:    Dino Lapis

Artist    Sam Cooke

Musicians    Charles Blackwell - drums    /    Ted Brinson - bass    /    George Collier - guitar    /    Clifton White - guitar    /    Lawrence Bunker - vibes (on "Made For Me")

Songs    You Were Made For Me, For Sentimental Reasons


Date: November 26, 1957

Studio: Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, CA

Producer: Bumps Blackwell

Musicians:    Clifton White - guitar    /    René Hall - guitar    /    Ted Brinson - bass    /    Earl Palmer - drums

Songs: You Were Made For Me


Date: February 1958 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, or March 19, 1958 (Guralnick)

Producer: Bumps Blackwell

Songs: All Of My Life    /    Mary, Mary Lou


Date: June 22, 1958

Studio: Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA

Producer: Bumps Blackwell

Musicians    Clifton White - guitar    /    Ulysses Livingston & Bob Bain - guitar    /    Charles Blackwell - drums    /    Adolphus Asbrook - bass    /    Jack Costanzo - percussion

Songs:    Win Your Love For Me


Date: August 6 & 7 1958 at Rex Productions Inc. in Los Angeles, California

Producer: Bumps Blackwell

Arranger and Conductor: Rene Hall

Songs: Aug 6: Accentuate the Positive    /    Today I Sing The Blues    /    Oh Look At Me Now    /    My Foolish Heart    /    When I Fall In Love    /    Aug 7: I Cover The Waterfront       /    The Gypsy


Date: September 1958 at Rex Productions Inc. in Los Angeles, California

Producer: Bumps Blackwell

Arranger and Conductor: Rene Hall

Songs: Blue Moon


Date: December 1958

Producer:    Bumps Blackwell

Musicians:    Clif White - guitar

Songs:    Summertime


Date: January 4th, 1959

Studio: Rex Productions, Los Angeles, California

Producer: Bumps Blackwell

Musicians:    Clifton White - guitar    /    René Hall - guitar    /    Adolphus Asbrook - bass    /    Charles Blackwell - drums

Songs:    Only Sixteen


Date: January 7th, 1959

Studio: Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA

Producer: Bumps Blackwell

Musicians    Adolphus Asbrook - bass    /    Charles Blackwell - drums    /    Jack Costanza - bongos    /    Rene Hall - guitar    /    Mike Pacheco - conga    /    Clifton White - guitar

Songs: Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha


Date: January 14, 1959

Studio: Sound Enterprises in Hollywood, CA

Arranger and Conductor: Rene Hall

Songs:    Ain't Nobody's Bizniss If I Do    /    Comes Love    /    Let's Call The Whole Thing Off    /    They Can't Take That Away From Me


Date: January 23, 1959

Studio: Sound Enterprises in Hollywood, CA

Arranger and Conductor: Rene Hall

Songs: I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues    /    Lover Girl    /    Solitude


Date: January 27, 1959

Studio: Sound Enterprises in Hollywood, CA

Arranger and Conductor: Rene Hall

Songs: Crazy She Calls Me    /    God Bless The Child


Date: February 25, 1959

Studio: Sound Enterprises in Hollywood CA

Musicians: William Collette, Plas Johnson -sax, Bill Green -horn, Rene Hall - arranger and conductor

Songs: Good Morning Heartache    /    She's Funny That Way


Date: March 2/3, 1959

Musicians: Cliff White -guitar, Earl Palmer -drums, Red Callender -bass, Rene Hall -orchestra, dummer unknown on March 2nd buut it might be Ronald Selico

Songs: Wonderful World (2)    /    That´s Heaven To Me    /    I Thank God    /    Deep River    /    Steal Away,

Information: Last Session of Sam Cooke for Keen


Date:    July 24, 1959

Studio:    Capitol Recording Hollywood

Producer:    Sam Cooke    Engineer:    unknown

Songs:    Just For You


Date: September 1, 1959

Studio: Universal Recording Chicago

Producer: Sam Cooke    Engineer: Bob Kidder

Artist: The Soul Stirrers (including Paul Foster and Johnnie Taylor on lead)

Songs:
Wade In The Water    /    Stand By Me Father

Info: This was the first recording sessions for SAR Records


Date:    December 2, 1959

Studio:    Keen Recording Los Angeles

Producer:    Sam Cooke        Engineer:    Dino Lapis

Artist:    Sam Cooke        

Songs:    That's Heaven To Me


Date: January 25 & 28 1960

Studio: RCA New York, Studio A

Producers: Hugo & Luigi

Conductor: Glen Osser

Musicians: Cliff White -guitar    /    Hugo Peretti -organ     / &nbssp;  Hank Jones - piano

Songs: Chain Gang (25), Teenage Sonata (28), I Belong To Your Heart (28)

Info: Session lasted from 8 till 1.30 PM (25). On the 25th they tried recording Teenage Sonata but it didn't work so they recorded it on the 28th, in 4 takes.


Date: April 13, 1960

Studio: RCA New York, Studio A

Producers: Hugo & Luigi

Conductor: Billy Mure

Musicians:    Hugo Peretti -organ on Sad Mood    /    Hank Jones - piano

Songs: Sad Mood (Unreleased Version on Hits!)    /    Love Me


Date:    August 22, 1960

Studio:    United Recording Chicago

Producer:    Sam Cooke        Engineer:    Bill Putnam

Artist:    Johnnie Morisette

Musicians:    J.W. Alexander (back-up singing)    /    L.C. Cooke (back-up singing)    /    S.R. Crain (back-up singing)

Songs:    You're Always On My Mind    /    Damper    /    Dorothy On My Mind


Date: September 2, 1960

Artist: L.C. Cooke

Musicians:    Clif White (guitar)    /    René Hall (bass_

Songs: Sufferin'  (15 takes)    /    The Lover


 

Date: September 6-7, 1960 (night session on the 6th)

Studio: United Recording Hollywood

Producer: Sam Cooke        Engineer: Eddie Brackett

Artists: The Soul Stirrers    (feat. Paul Foster and Jimmie Outler)

Other musicians:    S.R. Crain (back-up) and maybe Sam Cooke (back-up)

Songs:    I'm A Pilgrim    /    Listen To The Angels Sing    /    Jesus Be A Fence Around Me    /    Don't Leave Me Alone (7)    /    Must Jesus Bear This Cross Alone (7)

Other: They also did some vocal overdubs for L.C. Cooke songs from a few days before.


Date: September 9 & 10, 1960    (two 4-hour sessions on the 9th)

Studio: RCA New York, Studio B

Producer: Hugo & Luigi    Engineer: Bob Simpson

Musicians:    Hank Jones - piano

Songs: If I Had You    /    You Belong To Me    /    I'm Just A Country Boy    /    Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair    /    Grandfather's Clock

Information: Most of these songs ended up on the 'Swing Low' album


Date: October 1, 1960

Studio: RCA New York, Studio A

Producer: Hugo & Luigi

Orchestra Conducted by: Sammy Lowe  

Musicians:    Ernie Hayes - piano    /    Everett Barksdale - violin    /    Hinda Barnet - violin    /    Alfred Brown - violin    /    Max Cahn - violin    /    Fred Fradkin - violin    /    David Francis - drums    /    Milton Hinton - bass    /    Archie Levin - violin    /    Charles Libove - violin    /    Harry Lookofsky - violin    /    Ben Miller - violin    /  &nnbsp; Clifton White - guitar

Songs: Sad Mood    /    Tenderness  


Date: January 30, 1961

Studio: RCA New York, Studio A

Producers: Hugo & Luigi

Conductor: Sammy Lowe

Musicians:    Ernie Hayes - piano

Songs: That´s It - I Quit - I´m Moving On    /    Hold On


Date: April 14, 1961

Studio: RCA Hollywoord, Studio 1

Producers: Hugo & Luigi

Conductor: Rene Hall

Musicians:    Josephn Gibbons - guitar/banjo    / &nnbsp;  René Hall - guitar    /    Clifford Hils - bass    /    Earl Palmer - drums       /    Clifton White - guitar    /    Simms Twins  (all on 'Cupid')

Songs: Cupid    /    Tenderness (unreleased version)  


Date: May 19-20, 1961

Studio: RCA New York, Studio A

Producers: Hugo & Luigi

Orchestra Conducted by: Sammy Lowe  

Musicians:    Ernie Hayes - piano    /    Morris Wechsler - piano

Songs: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore    /    Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out    /    Baby Won’t You Please Come Home    /    Trouble In Mind (19)    /    Out In The Cold Again    /    Exactly Like You    /    Since I Met You Baby    /    I’m Just A Lucky So And So    /    But Not For Me    /    You’re Always On My Mind (20)

Info: This was a recording session for the ‘My Kind Of Blues’ album  


Date:    June 5, 1961

Studio:    United Recording Hollywood

Producer:    Sam Cooke        Engineer:    Bones Howe

Artist:    The Simms Twins

Songs:    Soothe Me


Date:    June 28, 1961

Studio:    Universal Recording in Chicago

Producer:    Sam Cooke        Engineer:    Bob Kidder

Artist:    The Womack Brothers    /    Sam Cooke

Songs:    Yield Not To Temptation    /    Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray    /    Somewhere There's A God    /    Somewhere There's A Girl (by Sam Cooke)

Info:    "Somewhere there's a girl" is the secular version of "Somewhere There's A God", the Womacks sung background to Sam Cooke.


Date: August 9, 1961

Studio: RCA New York, Studio A

Producers: Hugo & Luigi

Conductor: Stan Applebaum, Ralph Burns

Musicians:    Ernie Hayes - piano

Songs: It´s All Right    /    Feel It    /    Frankie & Johnny


Date:    September 20, 1961

Studio:    Universal Recording in Chicago

Producer:    Sam Cooke        Engineer:    Bob Kidder

Artists:    The Soul Stirrers feat Jimmie Outler

Songs:    God Is Standing By    /    Lead Me Jesus


Date: December 18/19, 1961

Studio: RCA Hollywood, Studio 1

Producers: Hugo & Luigi        Engineer:    Al Schmitt

Conductor: Rene Hall

Musicians:    Ernie Hayes - piano (on 18th)    /    Edward T. Beal - piano (19th)    /    John Ewing - sax (18th)    /    Jewell Grant - sax    /    René Hall (guitar)    /    John Kelsom (sax)    /    Earl Palmer (drums)    /    Tommy Tedesco (guitar)    /    Clifton White (guitar)

Songs: Twisting The Night Away (18)    /    Somebody´s Gonna Miss Me    /    One More Time (19)    /    Don’t Cry On My Shoulder (19)


Date:    January 4, 1962

Studio:    United Recording Hollywood

Producer:    Sam Cooke        Engineer: Eddie Brackett

Artist:    Johnnie Morisette

Songs:    Meet Me At The Twisting Place


Date:    January 26, 1962

Studio:    United Recording Hollywood

Producer:    Sam Cooke        Engineer:    Bones Howe

Artist:    Johnnie Taylor        Musicians:    Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke and JW Alexander sing backup on 'Rome', Clif White - guitar, Earl Palmer - drums

Songs:    I'll Always Be In Love With You    /    Baby We've Got Love    /    Rome Wasn't Built In A Day


Date: February 15/19, 1962

Studio: RCA Hollywood Studio 1

Producers: Hugo & Luigi

Conductor: Rene Hall  

Musicians:    Edward T. Beal - piano

Songs: Somebody Have Mercy (15)    /    Sugar Dumpling (Original Version) (15)    /    Nothing Can Change This Love (unreleased version) (15)    /    Talkin Trash (16)    /    Soothe Me (19)    /    Somebody’s Gonna Miss Me (19)    /    Movin' And A Groovin (19)    /    A Whole Lotta Woman (19)

Info: Most of these songs ended up on the ‘Twisting The Night Away’ album  


Date: February 27, 1962

Studio: Universal Recording Chicago

Producer: Sam Cooke    Engineer: Bob Kidder

Artist: R.H.Harris & His Gospel Paraders

Songs:     Somebody    /    Sometime    /    Pass Me Not


Date: February 28, 1962

Studio: Universal Recording Chicago

Producer: Sam Cooke    Engineer: Bob Kidder

Artist: The Valentinos

Songs: Lookin' For A Love


Date: April 26, 1962

Studio: RCA Hollywood, Studio 1

Producers: Hugo & Luigi        Engineer: Al Schmitt

Conductor: Rene Hall

Musicians:    Lou Rawls    /    Frank Capp (Drums, percussion)    /    Cecil Figelski (cello)    /    Elliot Fisher (violin)    /    William Green (saxophone)    /    René Hall (guitar)    /    Armand Kaproff (cello)    /    Wilbert Nuttycombe (viola)    /    Ray Pohlman (bass)    /    Myron Sandler (violin)    /    Joseph Saxon (violin)    /    Ralph Schaeffer (violin)    /    Marshall Sosson (violin)    /    Tommy Tedesco (guitar)    /    Irving Weinper (viola)    /    Ernie Freeman (piano)    /    William Green - sax (on 'Party')    /    Marvin Limonick - violin (on 'Party')    /    Clifton White - guitar

Songs: Having A Party    /    Bring It On Home To Me


Date:    August 1, 1962

Studio:    Universal Recording Chicago

Producer:    Sam Cooke        Engineer:    Bob Kidder

Artist:    The Simms Twins

Songs:    I Gopher You    /    Good Good Loving


Date: August 23, 1962

Studio: RCA Hollywood, Studio 1

Producers: Hugo & Luigi

Conductor: Rene Hall

Musicians    Nathan Griffin (organ on 'Forget')    /    Israel Baker (violin)    /    Robert Barené (violin)    /    Edward Beal (piano)    /    Samuel Boghossian (viola)    /    Joseph Coppin (cello)    /    John DeVoogdt (violin)    /    Harold Dickterow (violin)    /    Elliot Fisher (violin)    /    René Hall (guitar)    /    Allan Harshman (viola)    /    William Kurasch (violin)    /    Leonard Malarsky (violin)    /    Gareth Nuttycombe (violin)    /    Earl Palmer (drums)    /    Isadore Roman (violin)    /    Ralph Schaeffer (violin)    /    Frederick Seykora (cello)    /    Darrell Terwilliger (violin)

Songs: Nothing Can Change This Love    /    I'm Gonna Forget About You


Date: November 29, 1962

Studio: RCA Hollywood, Studio 1

Producers: Hugo & Luigi    /    Engineer: Dave Hassinger

Conductor: Horace Ott

Songs: Baby, Baby, Baby    /    Send Me Some Lovin´


Date: December 14 & 15 & 16, 1962

Studio: RCA Hollywood Studio 1

Producers: Hugo Peretta & Luigi Creatore        Engineer: Dave Hassinger

Orchestra conducted by Horace Ott

Songs: All The Way (14)    /    Smoke Rings (14)    /    I Wish You Love (15)    /    Driftin´ Blues (16)    /    Cry Me A River (16)    /    Little Girl (16)    /    These Foolish Things (16)

Information: For the 'Mr. Soul' album


Date:    December 20-22, 1962

Studio:    United Recording Hollywood

Producer:    Sam Cooke        Engineer:    Bones Howe

Artist:    The Valentinos    /    Johnnie Morisette

Songs:    I've Got A Girl (Valentinos 20)    /    Tired Of Living In The Country (Valentinos 20)    /    That's Where It's At (Valentinos - 22)   /    Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong (Morisette - 22)


Date:    February 15 and 19, 1963

Studio:    United Recording Hollywood

Producer:    Sam Cooke        Engineer:    Jim Malloy

Artist:    L.C. Cooke        Musicians:    Sam Cooke and S.R. Crain do backup vocals

Songs:    Put Me Down Easy (15)    /    The Wobble (19)


Date: February 22/23/25/27/28, 1963

Studio: RCA Hollywood

Producers: Hugo & Luigi            Engineer: Dave Hassinger

Conductor: Rene Hall

Musicians    Billy Preston - Organ (not on 28)    //    on the 28th: John Anderson - trumpet    /    Hal Blaine - Drums/Percussion    /    John Ewing - trombone    /    Jewell Grant - sax    /    René Hall - guitar    /    Raymond Johnson - piano    /    Clifton White - guitar

Songs: Lost And Lookin´    /    Little Red Rooster    /    Get Yourself Another Fool    /    I Lost Everything     /    Trouble Blues (22)    /    Fools Paradise (25)    /    Please Don´t Drive Me Away (25)    /    I Ain't Gonna Cheat On You No More (27)    /    Another Saturday Night (28)

Information    The bulk of these sessions, February 22 to 25, ended up on the 'Night Beat' album


Date: February 27, 1963

Studio:    Universal Recording Chicago

Producers:    J.W. Alexander    Engineer:    Bob Kidder

Artist:    Soul Stirrers with Jimmie Outler on lead vocals

Songs:    Amazing Grace    /    Free At Last

Notes    The SAR Records Box mentions Sam Cooke as producer of Amazing Grace. This is very unlikely because "I Ain't Gonna Cheat No More" was recorded that same day in Los Angeles. He had been on LA to record his 'Night Beat' album and some other songs, as mentioned above here. The SAR Records box mentions that "Since I Met The Savior" was produced by J.W. Alexander, hence my theory that there is a mistake in the SAR Records liner notes.


Date: June 15, 1963

Studio: RCA Hollywood

Producers: Hugo & Luigi

Conductor: Gerald Wilson

Songs:    Cool Train


Date:    July 19, 1963

Studio:    Bell Sound New York

Producer:    Sam Cooke        Engineer:    Tony & Dave

Artist:    The Valentinos

Songs:    Baby, Lots Of Luck


Date:    September 4, 1963

Studio:    R.C.A. Victor Recording Hollywood

Producer:    Sam Cooke        Engineer:    Dave Hassinger

Artist:    Johnnie Morisette

Songs:    Black Night


Date: September 11, 1963

Studio: RCA Hollywood

Songs: I'm Just a Country Boy, Sugar Dumpling

Producers:    Sam Cooke with Al Schmitt    Engineer:    Bones Howe

Musicians:    Robert Barené (violin)    /    Arnold Belnick (violin)    /    James Bond (bass)    /    Russell Bridges (piano)    /    Glen Campbell (guitar)    /    John DeVoogdt (violin)    /    Jesse Ehrlich (cello)    /    Harry Hyams (viola)    /    William Kurasch (violin)    /    Irving Lipschultz (violin)    /    Leonard Malarsky (violin)    /    Alexander Neiman (viola)    /    Earl Palmer (drums)    /    Ray Pohlman (bass)    /    Ambrose Russo (violin)    /    Emmet Sargeant (cello)    /    Ralph Schaeffer (violin)    /    Sidney Sharp (violin)    /    Darrel Terwilliger (violin)    /    Clifton White (guitar)    /    Tibor Zelig (violin)

Background Vocals:    Betty Baker, Jackie Ward, Robert Tebow, Doreen Trydeen & Jack Halloran

Arranged and Conducted By:    Jimmie Haskell


Date: December 20/21, 1963

Studio: RCA Studio, Hollywood California        Producers:    Hugo & Luigi        Engineer:   Dave Hassinger

Musicians    John Ewing (trombone)    /    Joseph Gibbons (guitar/banjo)    /    Jewell Grant (sax)    /    William Green (sax)    /    Edward Hall (drums/percussion)    /    René Hall (guitar)    /    John Pisano (guitar)    /    Emil Radocchia (marimbi, tympani, percussion)    /    Edgar Redmond (saxophone)    /    Howard Roberts (guitar)    /    Eddie Tilman (bass)    /    Clifton White (guitar)

Arranged and Conducted by René Hall

Songs: Good News (20)    /    Basin Street Blues (21)    /    Good Times (20/21)    /    The Riddle Song (21)    /    There´ll Be No Second Time (21)    /    Keep Movin On (21)


Date: January 21, 1964

Studio: ? in Los Angeles

Producer: Sam Cooke

Artist: Johnny Morisette        Musicians: Bobby Womack, Harold Battiste, Red Tyler

Information    First SAR session with AFO Collective

Songs:    You Send Me


Date: January 28/29/30, February 2, 1964

Studio: RCA Studios in Los Angeles

Producer: Sam Cooke        Engineer:    Wally Heider / Bones Howe (at least on the Soul Stirrers track, not sure about the others)

Artist: Soul Stirrers (feat Jimmie Outler), Sam Cooke       

Musicians    Chuck Badie (bass)    /    Harold Battiste (piano)    /    John Boudreaux (drums)    /    LeRoy Crume (guitar)    /    John Ewing (Trombone)    /    William Green (saxophone)    /    René Hall (guitar)    /    Melvin Lastie (trumpet)    /    Clifton White (guitar)    /    Red Tyler - saxophone

On 'Change':    Chuck Badie    /    Israel Baker - violin    /    Norman Bartold - guitar    /    Harold Battiste    /    Arnold Belnick - guitar    /    Louis Blackburn - trombone    /    John Ewing - trombone    /    Harry Hyams - viola    /    René Hall - guitar    /    William Hinshaw - french horn    /    William Kurasch - trumpet    /    Irving Lipschultz - violin    /    Leonard Malarsky - violin    /    Alexander Neiman - viola    /    Earl Palmer - drums    /    Jack Pepper - violin    /    Emil Radocchia - marimba, tympani, percussion    /    Emmet Sargeant - cello    /    Ralph Schaeffer - violin    /    Sidney Sharp - violin    /    Darrel Terwilliger - violin    /    David Wells - trombone    /    Clif White    /    Tibor Zelig - violin

Background Vocals:    Soul Stirrers (SR Crain, Paul Foster, Jimmie Outler, Richard Gibbs, JJ Farley)

Songs: Rome Wasn't Built in a Day (28)    /    Meet Me At Mary's Place (28)    /    Tennessee Waltz (28)    /    Oh Mary Don't You Weep (28 - recorded by the Soul Stirrers)    /    Looking Back (28 - Soul Stirrers    /    Falling In Love (30)    /    A Change Is Gonna Come (30)    /    Good Times (2)

Notes    These were busy days. On the same day he recorded the first three songs he, if the notes in the SAR Box and the Man Who Invented Soul 4CD Box are correct, also produced some tracks for the Soul Stirrers, who also sung background on some of the songs he recorded for himself. 'Good Times' was an overdubbing

Drummer John Boudreaux, part of the AFO, was scheduled to play on 'A Change' but was intimidated by the orchestra that he quit. Earl Palmer was around so he took over.


Date:    March 12, 1964

Studio:    Western Recording Hollywood

Producer:    Sam Cooke        Engineer:    Bones Howe

Artist:    Johnnie Taylor

Songs:    I Need Lots Of Love


Date: March 24, 1964

Studio: Universal Recording Hollywood

Producer: Sam Cooke    Engineer: Wally Heider

Artist: The Valentinos

Songs: I've Got Love For You    /    It's All Over Now


Date: March 25, 1964

Studio: RCA Studio, Los Angeles

Songs: Yeah Man


Date: April 9, 1964

Studio: RCA Los Angeles

Songs: You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You    /    Ease My Troublin' Mind


Date: July 20, 1964

Studio:    R.C.A. Victor Recording Hollywood

Producer    Sam Cooke    Engineer: Jim Malloy

Artist    The Soul Stirrers feat Paul Foster

Songs:    Lead Me To The Calvary


Date: August 7 or 12, 1964

Studio: RCA New York

Songs: Cousin of Mine, I'm in the Mood For Love


Date: August 20, 1964

Studio: RCA Los Angeles

Producer:    Sam Cooke with Al Schmitt        Engineer:    Dick Bogart

Arranged and Conducted by René Hall

Musicians:    John Anderson - trumpet    /    Harper Cosby - bass    /    John Ewing - trombone    /    June Gardner - drums    /    Jewell Grant - sax    /    René Hall - guitar    /    Darel Terwilliger - violin    /    Bobby Womack - guitar

Songs: That's Where It's At


Date: November 16, 1964

Studio: RCA Los Angeles

Producer:    Sam Cooke with Al Schmitt    Engineer    Dave Hassinger

Arranged & Conducted by René Hall

Musicians:    Robert Bryant (trumpet)    /    Frank Capp (drums, percussion)    /    Harper Cosby (bass)    /    John Ewing (trombone)    /    Jewell Grant (saxophone)    /    William Green (saxophone)    /    René Hall (guitar)    /    Plas Johnson (sax)    /    Earl Palmer (drums)    /    Anthony Terran (trumpet)    /    Bobby Womack (guitar)

Background Vocals:    Carol Lee Lombard, Sally Stevens Castle, Betty Jane Baker, James Bryant, Thomas D. Kenny & Robert Tebold

Songs: Shake    /    It's Got The Whole World Shaking