Sam Gooden

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Sam Gooden
Birth name Samuel Gooden
Born (1934-09-02) September 2, 1934 (age 83)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Occupation(s) Singer
Associated acts The Impressions

Samuel "Sam" Gooden (born September 2, 1934) is an African-American soul singer.[1] He is best known for being an original member of the successful group The Impressions from its beginnings as The Roosters in the 1950s.[2]

Though often uncredited, his smooth voice can often be heard trading lines with lead singer Curtis Mayfield (most notably on "It's All Right") or his replacement, LeRoy Hutson, on quite a number of songs. Gooden also sang lead vocals on a handful of Impressions tunes, such as "Aware Of Love" and the group's cover of "I Wanna Be Around".[3] Gooden and the group are still recording and performing. He was inducted with the group in 1991 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[4]

He can be seen with original Impressions members Fred Cash and the late Curtis Mayfield (via archive footage) in the group's first-ever extended interview in the 2008 DVD Movin On Up - The Message and The Music of Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions, which also features a special poem dedicated to the group written and performed by actor Clifton Davis.


  1. ^ "Sam Gooden". Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. Biography: The Impressions. AMG. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions". 1999-12-26. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Inductee explorer | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2016-10-22.