Good Times (Sam Cooke song)

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"Good Times"
Single by Sam Cooke
B-side "Tennessee Waltz"
Released July 9, 1964
Recorded December 20 and 21, 1963 and February 2, 1964, RCA Studio CA
Label RCA 8368
Writer(s) Sam Cooke
Producer(s) Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore
Sam Cooke singles chronology
"(Ain't That) Good News"
"Good Times"
"That's Where It's At"

"Good Times" is a song written and recorded by Sam Cooke, released as single in 1964.

Featured musicians are John Ewing (trombone), Edward Hall (drums and percussion), John Pisano (guitar), Clifton White (guitar) and The Soul Stirrers (back-up vocals). In 2011, Nike used the song in a commercial featuring Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant during their "Basketball Never Stops" ad campaign during the 2011 NBA lockout.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

Aretha Franklin[edit]

The song has been covered by others artists. Aretha Franklin covered the song on her record "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You."

The Rolling Stones[edit]

The Rolling Stones released their version of "Good Times" on the album Out of Our Heads. It was released in the US on 30 July 1965 and in the UK on 24 September 1965.

Other Versions[edit]

Phoebe Snow covered the song on her self-titled record. The Grateful Dead covered the song numerous times live.

Chart positions[edit]

Sam Cooke[edit]

The Sam Cooke version of the song hit number one on the Cash Box R&B chart and number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Chart (1964) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 11

Dan Seals version[edit]

"Good Times"
Single by Dan Seals
from the album On Arrival
B-side "Bop"[4]
Released March 25, 1990
Genre Country
Length 3:51
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Sam Cooke
Producer(s) Kyle Lehning
Dan Seals singles chronology
"Love on Arrival"
"Good Times"

Dan Seals' version was a Number One hit on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in mid-1990, and is the second single from his 1990 album On Arrival. His version stayed at number 1 for two weeks, and was his last number 1 hit, as well as last top 40 hit of his career.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 32
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 25
Preceded by
"The Dance" by Garth Brooks
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
August 4-August 11, 1990
Succeeded by
"Next to You, Next to Me" by Shenandoah
Preceded by
"He Walked on Water" by Randy Travis
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
August 18, 1990
Succeeded by
"I'm Gonna Be Somebody" by Travis Tritt


  1. ^ Video on YouTube
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 134. 
  3. ^ "Sam Cooke – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Sam Cooke.
  4. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 372. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7997." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 18, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "Dan Seals – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dan Seals.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1990". RPM. December 22, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Best of 1990: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.