Hits of the 50's

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Hits of the 50's
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Studio album by Sam Cooke
Released August 1960
Recorded March 23–24, 1960
RCA Victor's Studio B
(New York City)
Genre Traditional pop, rhythm and blues
Label RCA Victor
Producer Hugo & Luigi
Sam Cooke chronology
Cooke's Tour
(1960)Cooke's Tour1960
Hits of the 50's
Swing Low
(1960)Swing Low1960

Hits of the 50's is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke. Produced by Hugo & Luigi, the album was released in August 1960 in the United States by RCA Victor. Hits of the 50's is a covers album consisting of Cooke's versions of songs by such artists as Nat King Cole, Frankie Avalon, and Doris Day.

The album was remastered in 2011 as a part of The RCA Albums Collection.


Hits of the 50's was recorded only two weeks following the sessions that produced Cooke's Tour in March 1960, over a month prior to the release of that album.[1] The bulk of the album was recorded on March 23, 1960, with the remaining numbers—"The Great Pretender", "You, You, You", "The Wayward Wind", "Cry", and "Venus"—being recorded the following day. Much of the same musicians that recorded on Cooke's Tour returned for Hits of the 50's.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs arranged and conducted by Glen Osser.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Hey There" (Richard Adler, Jerry Ross)  – 2:32
  2. "Mona Lisa" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston)  – 2:34
  3. "Too Young" (Sidney Lippman, Sylvia Dee)  – 2:08
  4. "The Great Pretender" (Buck Ram)  – 3:02
  5. "You, You, You" (Olias Lotar, Robert Mellin)  – 2:45
  6. "Unchained Melody" (Alex North, Hy Zaret)  – 3:24

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Wayward Wind" (Stanley Lebowsky, Herbert Newman)  – 3:10
  2. "Secret Love" (Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster)  – 2:46
  3. "The Song from Moulin Rouge" (Georges Auric, William Engvick)  – 2:30
  4. "I'm Walking Behind You" (Billy Reid)  – 2:45
  5. "Cry" (Churchill Kohlman)  – 2:13
  6. "Venus" (Ed Marshall, Peter DeAngelis)  – 2:53


All credits adapted from The RCA Albums Collection (2011) liner notes.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The RCA Albums Collection (liner notes). Sam Cooke. US: RCA Records/Legacy Recordings. 2011. 88697898702. 

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