Sam Cooke – 1962 – Twistin’ The Night Away


Sam Cooke revolutionized R&B music in the ’50s and ’60s with his inimitable singing style and smooth, soulful voice. He was among the first and most successful to cross R&B over into the popular music field. With his smooth, velvet, delivery singing style, Sam Cooke stands on his own as one of the all time great singer-songwriters, capable of singing almost any style of music in his own distinctive way.
If you are a Sam Cooke fan, this is a must have. I personally enjoy singing along to every cut on the LP. Given the fact that this album seems to be hard to find these days, I am very happy to have picked it up when I did some years ago. Never released on CD and here is your chance to get it.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original RCA LP including covers.

A1 Twistin’ the Night Away 2.39
A2 Sugar Dumpling 2.15
A3 Twistin’ in the Kitchen With Dinah 2.06
A4 Somebody’s Gonna Miss Me 2.29
A5 A Whole Lotta Woman 2.18
A6 The Twist 2.25
B2 Twistin’ in the Old Town Tonight 2.10
B3 Movin’ and Groovin’ 2.33
B4 Camptown Twist 2.11
B4 Somebody Have Mercy 2.53
B5 Soothe Me 2.07
B6 That’s It, I Quit, I’m Moving On 2.28


This was one of Cooke’s more successful LPs, only his second ever to chart and from here on, all of his albums would sell in serious numbers. Twistin’ the Night Away remains one of Cooke’s most accessible records, despite the fact that it was a “twist” album, aimed by the producers at cashing in on that craze, and Cooke was shoehorned into doing numbers like “Camptown Twist,” “Twistin’ in the Kitchen With Dinah,” and “Twistin’ in the Old Town,” as well as his version of Hank Ballard’s “The Twist.” Around them, the singer is at his most soulful, exciting, and passionate, on the bluesy “Somebody Have Mercy”; the romantic lament “Somebody’s Gonna Miss Me”; the ebullient “Sugar Dumpling”; the achingly beautiful, yearning “A Whole Lot of Woman”; the soaring “Soothe Me” (with Lou Rawls); and the slow dance number “Movin’ and Groovin’ .” One of the great dance albums of its period, but a brilliant soul album as well, which is why it holds up 40 years later.


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  • Josh
    Posted at 23:19h, 19 November Reply

    One of the all time greats! Many thanks.

  • tswift
    Posted at 03:13h, 20 November Reply

    An all time great album………been looking for this one……thanks!

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 04:02h, 20 November Reply

    Sam Cooke is the greatest of the crooners for me. Such an effortless melifluous songthrush of a voice, that you can’t imagine him even talking with a melody in his breath. The guy reeked class and was instrumental in bringing soul to the masses. His legacy is fortunately assured. Thanks Nikos for reminding us of these key LPs once again.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 04:03h, 20 November Reply

    ‘without a melody’

  • solomon
    Posted at 05:53h, 20 November Reply

    not the biggest cooke fan but i respect his work, thanks

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 07:14h, 20 November Reply

    Great stuff once again, thanks a lot!

  • John
    Posted at 10:27h, 20 November Reply

    This guy was a genius. No question about it. A great voice but there is a level of communication and feeling and message in how he sings that can not be copied by anyone else. I have listened to other top artists doing his songs and they don’t compare.

  • Phil
    Posted at 12:19h, 20 November Reply

    Great post! Thank you very much & please keep up the good work!

  • Mike
    Posted at 20:49h, 20 November Reply

    I’ve never heard any music that had such an affect on me like Sam Cooke did! Truly amazing! Thank You for this music!

  • jahcsco
    Posted at 00:09h, 21 November Reply

    Thanks. Much appreciated.

  • MJBFan
    Posted at 00:11h, 21 November Reply

    Sam is one of the greatest singers that ever lived.

  • Alan
    Posted at 00:17h, 21 November Reply

    Sam Cooke’s vocals were second to none… and still has yet to find that match. I mean there are otha undeniable vocalists such as Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, David Ruffin, Johnnie Taylor, Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, etc, but Sam Cooke’s were too remarkable. RIP Sam Cooke.

  • Alvis Edgar
    Posted at 00:23h, 21 November Reply

    Thank you, Nikos. I´ve looking for this particular album for a long time.

  • cecile
    Posted at 01:28h, 21 November Reply

    I love this !!! this is my first time on this blog, and I just want to say thank you for giving us the opportunity to discover great music.. :)))

  • Dimitris
    Posted at 12:10h, 21 November Reply

    This will never go out of style, There will always be a place for Sam Cooke and others like him in my world.

  • Bob Dope
    Posted at 14:01h, 21 November Reply

    Great! Thanks!!!

  • Donovan
    Posted at 21:57h, 21 November Reply

    What a velvet voice! The first super star of soul. Thank u.

  • croatoa
    Posted at 13:31h, 23 November Reply

    Thanx you as always!!!

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 13:47h, 23 November Reply

    The man could phrase a song like no other. Effortless vocalization, smooth and sensual. The beginning of a whole new style of singing. More than a legend – an artist who made a very positive difference in the world. How I wish we had singers with one half this talent today – people who actually cared about what they were singing about. Sam always took you on a ride…and he did it with style and a smile. A real gift.

  • Wilbur
    Posted at 14:38h, 23 November Reply

    Love everything he recorded. Thanks.

  • dcat, in the cornpatch...
    Posted at 03:34h, 24 November Reply

    Thanks, as always, for sharing the great & rare tunes. Cheers! :-)

  • Eddie Knucks
    Posted at 05:30h, 24 November Reply

    Amazing stuff! Thank you!

  • Witchy Woman
    Posted at 10:46h, 24 November Reply

    Thank you so much for sjaring this gem!!

  • Helen
    Posted at 10:51h, 24 November Reply

    This is just beautiful, thanks for posting this.
    It is impossible to not appreciate what he left us in such a short time. Irreplaceable.

  • Outerpsych
    Posted at 11:28h, 24 November Reply

    One more great share… Sam Cooke was really great.
    Thanx for this one…


  • Arthur
    Posted at 02:00h, 25 November Reply

    OH MY GOD, i’m a huge Sam Cooke fan, and was searching for this like crazy. REALLY REALLY THANKS, don’t have the words to explain how much i thank you.

  • Tamas
    Posted at 10:17h, 25 November Reply

    Absolutely great!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:21h, 28 November Reply

    Thanks for all the great stuff you post.

  • seanysean
    Posted at 06:23h, 29 November Reply

    Heck, YEAH! Thank you for everything you’re throwin out there.

  • Jason
    Posted at 14:17h, 29 November Reply

    The first superstar of soul. what a fantastic voice?

  • Cannon
    Posted at 18:21h, 30 November Reply

    Any Sam Cooke is great Sam Cooke. Thanks!

  • HeavySoulBrutha DaveB.
    Posted at 20:11h, 01 December Reply

    WOW! This is a MASSIVE bit of SOUL POWER! Thanks so much!!!

    Peace and SOUL,

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 12:32h, 03 December Reply

    Thanks .You made my day sharing this album. For me is the real God of soul .Thanx. I’m a little happier today.

  • Shortcake
    Posted at 06:28h, 02 April Reply

    My mom introduce me to Sam Cooke at an early age. I think he was a soulful singer and he can never be replaced. We lost a soulful angel when he died. I think that the investigation into his death should be reopened. The people that was close to him new that he was a kind and giving person. He legacy will live on. This man had a golden voice and he is truly missed.

  • Jed
    Posted at 12:54h, 21 April Reply

    Sadly, this link is expired. I’ve been looking for a few of these tunes for such a long time. I thought I’d finally found them!

    I would be eternally grateful if this was re-upped. Thanks so much for the good work.

  • Hannes K. Serzu
    Posted at 05:07h, 09 May Reply

    I am now old enought to speak about Sam Cooke, because I grew up listening to nothing else but Sams songs. After all the years even now I listen Sam Cooke’s songs and they still sound the same.
    There is no singer in the whole entire world, that sounds like Sam Cooke ever again.
    Thank you for giving me the chance to write about Sam Cooke, and I appreciate that very much.
    Hannes K. Serzu

  • Jed
    Posted at 11:09h, 09 May Reply

    I am so happy to discover than this album has been re-upped!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I will be listening with great gratitude. Why this album wasn’t reissued I’ll never understand…

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 07:46h, 06 August Reply

    gracias, mucho gracias
    azul de Hong Kong

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 12:15h, 04 April Reply

    Please re-up …. thank you!!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:46h, 21 July Reply

    Great Share!

    Is this the Mono or Stereo version?

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