Sam Cooke discography

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Sam Cooke discography
Releases
Studio albums 13
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 15
Singles 50

The discography of Sam Cooke, an African-American recording artist, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur, consists of thirteen studio albums, two live albums, and numerous posthumous compilation albums. Over the course of his eight-year career, Cooke charted twenty-nine Top 40 singles on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. He also charted twenty singles in the top ten of Billboard '​s R&B chart, Black Singles chart. Between 1957 and 1960, Sam Cook's records were produced on the Keen label. From 1960 through 1966, they were produced on the RCA label. Cooke released thirteen core studio albums in his lifetime, in addition to two notable posthumous releases.

Ownership of Cooke's material is split between RCA (roughly 1958-1963) and ABKCO (post-1963) with each label releasing their own compilations and rarely cross-licensing (Portrait of a Legend: 1951-1964 being the one exception). As a result, few of Cooke's original albums saw individual release on the medium of compact disc, and, consequently, digital distribution, although all of Cooke's recorded work has been released either in compilation or box set form.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
U.S. R&B
[1]
UK
[2][3]
Songs by Sam Cooke
  • Released: February 1958
  • Label: Keen
16
Encore
  • Released: 1958
  • Label: Keen
Tribute to the Lady
  • Released: 1959
  • Label: Keen
The Wonderful World of Sam Cooke
  • Released: 1960
  • Label: Keen
Cooke's Tour
Hits of the 50's
  • Released: August 1960
  • Label: RCA Victor
Swing Low
  • Released: March 1961
  • Label: RCA Victor
My Kind of Blues
  • Released: October 1961
  • Label: RCA Victor
Twistin' the Night Away
  • Released: April 1962
  • Label: RCA Victor
74
Mr. Soul
  • Released: February 1963
  • Label: RCA Victor
94
Night Beat
  • Released: August 1963
  • Label: RCA Victor
62
Ain't That Good News
  • Released: March 1, 1964
  • Label: RCA Victor
34
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Posthumous studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
U.S. R&B
[1]
UK
[2][3]
Shake
  • Released: January 1965
  • Label: RCA Victor
44 1
Try a Little Love
  • Released: October 1965
  • Label: RCA
120
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
U.S. R&B
[1]
UK
[2][3]
Sam Cooke at the Copa
  • Released: October 1964
  • Label: RCA Victor
29 1
Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963
  • Released: June 1985
  • Label: RCA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Collaboration albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
U.S. R&B
[1]
UK
[2][3]
3 Great Guys
  • Released: February 1964
  • Label: RCA Victor
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Numerous compilation albums and greatest hits collections of Cooke's work have been released, most notably 2003's Portrait of a Legend: 1951–1964. This list compiles the most notable compilation releases, that have come from major labels. Many cross-licensed compilations from smaller labels (most of which contain Cooke's gospel work with the Soul Stirrers) are not represented here.

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
U.S. R&B
[1]
UK
[2][3]
Hit Kit
  • Released: 1959
  • Label: Keen
I Thank God
  • Released: 1960
  • Label: Keen
The Best of Sam Cooke
  • Released: August 1962
  • Label: RCA Victor
22
The Best of Sam Cooke, Volume II
  • Released: July 1965
  • Label: RCA Victor
128 7
The Unforgettable Sam Cooke
  • Released: May 1966
  • Label: RCA Victor
The One and Only
  • Released: 1969
  • Label: RCA
This Is Sam Cooke
  • Released: September 1970
  • Label: RCA
The Man and His Music
  • Released: February 1986
  • Label: RCA
8
The Rhythm and the Blues
  • Released: October 24, 1995
  • Label: RCA
Greatest Hits
  • Released: February 24, 1998
  • Label: RCA
Keep Movin' On
  • Released: January 15, 2002
  • Label: ABKCO
Portrait of a Legend: 1951–1964
  • Released: June 17, 2003
  • Label: ABKCO
19
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Box sets[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
U.S. R&B
[1]
UK
[2][3]
The Man Who Invented Soul
  • Released: September 26, 2000
  • Label: RCA
The RCA Albums Collection
  • Released: November 22, 2011
  • Label: RCA/Legacy
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title
(A-side / B-side)
Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[1]
US R&B
[1]
UK
[3]
"You Send Me"
"Summertime"
1957 1
81
1
29
Sam Cooke (Keen)
"I'll Come Running Back to You"
"Forever"
18
60
1

Non-album tracks
"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"
"Desire Me"
17
47
5
17

Hit Kit
The Wonderful World Of Sam Cooke
"That's All I Need to Know"
"I Don't Want to Cry"
1958


Non-album tracks
"You Were Made for Me"
"Lonely Island"
39
26
7
10

Hit Kit
"Stealing Kisses"
"All of My Life"



The Wonderful World Of Sam Cooke
Hit Kit
"Win Your Love for Me"
"Love Song from Houseboat"
22
4

Hit Kit
Non-album track
"Blue Moon"
"Love You Most of All"[A]

26

12

Hit Kit
"I Need You Now"
"Happy in Love"
1959


Non-album tracks
"Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha"
"Little Things You Do"
31
2

Hit Kit
"Only Sixteen"
"Let's Go Steady Again"
28
13
23
"Summertime (Part 1)"
"Summertime (Part 2)"



The Wonderful World Of Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke (Keen)
"There, I've Said It Again"
"One Hour Ahead of the Posse"
81
25

The Wonderful World Of Sam Cooke
Non-album track
"Mary, Mary Lou"
"Ee-Yi-Ee-Yi-Oh"
1960


Encore
Non-album track
"T'Aint Nobody's Bizness"
"No One (Can Ever Take Your Place)"

103


Tribute To The Lady
The Unforgettable Sam Cooke
"Teenage Sonata"
"If You Were the Only Girl"
50
22

Non-album tracks
"You Understand Me"
"I Belong to Your Heart"



"Wonderful World"
"Along the Navajo Trail"
12
2
27
The Wonderful World Of Sam Cooke
Encore
"With You"
"I Thank God"



The Wonderful World Of Sam Cooke
"Chain Gang"
"I Fall in Love Every Day"
2
2
9
Sam Cooke (RCA)
Non-album track
"So Glamorous"
"Steal Away"
81
25

Non-album tracks
"Sad Mood"
"Love Me"
29
23

The Best Of Sam Cooke
Non-album track
"That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin' On"
"What Do You Say"
1961 31
25

Twistin' The Night Away
Non-album track
"Cupid"
"Farewell, My Darling"
17
20
7
The Best Of Sam Cooke
Non-album track
"Feel It"
"It's All Right"
56
93


The Unforgettable Sam Cooke
"Just for You"
"Made for Me"



Non-album tracks
"Twistin' the Night Away"
"One More Time"
1962 9
1
6
Twistin' The Night Away
The Unforgettable Sam Cooke
"Twistin' in the Kitchen with Dinah"
"A Whole Lotta Woman"



Twistin' The Night Away
"Bring It on Home to Me"
"Having a Party"
13
17
2
4

The Best Of Sam Cooke
"Somebody Have Mercy"
"Nothing Can Change This Love"
70
12
3
2

Non-album track
Mr. Soul
"Send Me Some Lovin'"
"Baby, Baby, Baby"
13
66
2

Mr. Soul
The Best Of Sam Cooke, Volume 2
"Another Saturday Night"
"Love Will Find a Way"
1963 10
105
1
23
Ain't That Good News
The Best Of Sam Cooke, Volume 2
"Frankie and Johnny"
"Cool Train"
14
4
30
The Best Of Sam Cooke, Volume 2
Non-album track
"Little Red Rooster"
"You Gotta Move"
11
7

Night Beat
"Good News"
"Basin Street Blues"
1964 11
[B]
Ain't That Good News
The Best Of Sam Cooke, Volume 2
"Good Times"
"Tennessee Waltz"
11
35
[B]
Ain't That Good News
"That's Where It's At"
"Cousin of Mine"
93
31

40
30
The Best Of Sam Cooke, Volume 2
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Posthumous singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title
(A-side / B-side)
Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[1]
US R&B
[1]
UK
[3]
"Shake"
"A Change Is Gonna Come"
1964 7
31
4
9

Shake
Ain't That Good News
"Another Saturday Night"
"Send Me Some Lovin'"
1965


Ain't That Good News
Mr. Soul
"It's Got The Whole World Shakin'"
"(Somebody) Ease My Troublin' Mind"
41
115
15

Shake
"When a Boy Falls in Love"
"The Piper"
52


Try A Little Love
Non-album track
"Sugar Dumpling"
"Bridge of Tears"
32
18

The Unforgettable Sam Cooke
Try A Little Love
"Feel It"
"That's All"
1966


The Unforgettable Sam Cooke
"Let's Go Steady Again"
"Trouble Blues"
97


Hit Kit
Night Beat
"Meet Me at Mary's Place"
"If I Had a Hammer"



Ain't That Good News
Sam Cooke At The Copa
"The Last Mile of the Way"
"Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone"[C]
1970


The Two Sides Of Sam Cooke
The Gospel Soul Of Sam Cooke
with The Soul Stirrers, Volume 1
"Bring It On Home To Me"
"Nothing Can Change This Love"
1985


Sam Cooke Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963
"Wonderful World"
"Chain Gang"
1986

2
Sam Cooke, The Man and His Music
"Another Saturday Night"
"You Send Me"


75
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Notes
  1. ^ The single "Blue Moon"/"Love You Most of All" was reissued one month following its initial release on the same catalog number, with the A and B sides switched.
  2. ^ a b Through a period between late 1963 and early 1965, Billboard did not publish an R&B singles chart.
  3. ^ This release is credited to Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Sam Cooke – Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Roach, Martin, ed. (2009). The Virgin Book of British Hit Albums. London: Virgin Books. ISBN 978-0-7535-1700-0. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sam Cooke - Artist - Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Certified Awards" (To access, enter the search parameter "Sam Cooke"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 28, 2014.