Sam Cooke Does Gershwin

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Today is the birthday of Sam Cooke (1931-1964). His short, sweet life (and his 30 top 40 hits) are well known. But here’s something I thought would be of interest to our readers. His first smash hit “You Send Me” in 1957 was only the B side of the single. The A side was a jazz number: George Gershwin’s Summertime. Not only is Sam’s voice beautiful on the record, but so is that angel singing in the background:

To find out more about  the history of vaudevilleconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold

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And don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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