Sugar Dumpling

Written by    Sam Cooke    [ABKCO Music Ltd, 1965]

Trivia

  • Somewhat of a tribute to Sugar Hall, Rene Halls wife

Original Version – Version 1

Information    I call this the upbeat version, with washboard-style rhythm guitar and lighter instrumentation.

Recorded February 15 or 19, 1962    at RCA Hollywood, Studio 1, USA

Producers    Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore    Engineer Al Schmitt

Arranged and Conducted by Rene Hall

Musicians:    Edward T. Beal – piano

Charts    #32 Pop, #18 R&B

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Singles   

  • RCA 8631 b/w Bridge Of Tears (July 6, 1965)
  • RCA 8688 b/w Cuz It’s You Girl by the James Walsh Gypsy Band, a Promotional 7″

Albums     

  • Twisting The Night Away
  • Forever 32 Hits
  • Hits!
  • This Is Sam Cooke
  • The Unforgettable Sam Cooke
  • The Best Of (Paradiso)
  • 20 Greatest Hits (TeeVee)

Version 2

Information    I call this the heavier version, with a lot of strings

Recorded September 11, 1963 at United Recording, Hollywood, CA

Producers:    Sam Cooke with Al Schmitt    Engineer:    Bones Howe

Musicians:    Robert Barené (violin)    /    Arnold Belnick (violin)    /    James Bond (bass)    /    Russell Bridges (piano)    /    Glen Campbell (guitar)    /    John DeVoogdt (violin)    /    Jesse Ehrlich (cello)    /    Harry Hyams (viola)    /    William Kurasch (violin)    /    Irving Lipschultz (violin)    /    Leonard Malarsky (violin)    /    Alexander Neiman (viola)    /    Earl Palmer (drums)    /    Ray Pohlman (bass)    /    Ambrose Russo (violin)    /    Emmet Sargeant (cello)    /    Ralph Schaeffer (violin)    /    Sidney Sharp (violin)    /    Darrel Terwilliger (violin)    /    Clifton White (guitar)    /    Tibor Zelig (violin)

Background Vocals:    Betty Baker, Jackie Ward, Robert Tebow, Doreen Trydeen & Jack Halloran

Arranged and Conducted By:    Jimmie Haskell

Albums   

  • Portrait Of A Legend
  • My Kind Of Soul – Late And Great Sam Cooke 

Lyrics

Sugar dumpling, you’re  my baby
I love you in every way
sugar dumpling, you’re my baby
my love grows stronger every day

yeah
sugar dumpling, you’re my baby
I love you in every way
sugar dumpling, you’re my baby
my love grows stronger every day

listen how I tell you a story
a story about my girl
and I call hear Sugar dumpling
because she’s the sweetest things in this world

whenever I’m feeling bad
by the way she puts me to bad
and she hides two mercys
one to hold my hand
the other one to rub my hand

Sugar dumpling, you’re  my baby
I love you in every way
sugar dumpling, you’re my baby
my love grows stronger every day

whenever I tell her honey I’m hungry
now go and fix me something to eat
the girl rushes in the kitchen
and fixes me a dinner
with seven different kinds of meat
If I call her up at two o’clock in the morning
and come over if you can
before I hang up to telephone
shje’s sitting beside me
with a cup of coffee in her hand

Sugar dumpling, you’re  my baby
I love you in every way
sugar dumpling, you’re my baby
my love grows stronger every day

Sugar dumpling, I love you in every way
Sugar dumpling, my love grows stronger every day

Covered By

  1. Little Milton on ‘Me For You, You For Me’. Get it at Amazon.com
  2. Vel Omarr on ‘Here’s My Soul’

Peace in the Valley

Peace In The Valley

Written by Thomas A. Dorsey in 1938 or 1939

Trivia

  • “The History of this song is a curious one. The earliest gospel recording that I’m aware of is a 1949 version of the tiny Trilon label by the San Francisco-based Paramount Singers, led by Tiny Powell, with whom Paul Foster had sung extensively in the Bay Area before joining the Soul Stirrers. Sam’s friend Roscoe Robinson had recorded the song with the Southern Sons for the Jackson-based Trumpet label in May of 1950 – but, according to Marc Ryan, Trumpet Records: Diamonds on Farish Street, p. 18, the masters burned up in a fire, and no copies of the record are known to have survived. Why the Soul Stirrers recorded this song at this particular time will have to remain something of a mystery. It might have been Paul Foster’s familiarity with the song, or Sam’s or Crain’s, for that matter – it could very well have been a staple on the live gospel circuit in Chicago. The reason that country singer Red Foley recorded it some four weeks later and the song rapidly became an across-the-board standard (Foley’s version went to number five on the country charts) is more discernible. Red Foley, like Nashville superstar Eddy Arnold, had a copublishing deal with Hill and Range songs. Hill and Range was owned by two Viennese-born brothers, Jean and Julian Aberbach, who at this point operated primarily within the country-and-western marked but would soon dominate much of pop publishing, particularly after forging a copublishing deal with Elvis Presley at the start of his career. In early 1951, according to Bar Biszick, Jean Aberbach’s biographer, the Aberbachs made their first tentative foray into gospel music, setting up an incipient publishing deal with Thomas Dorsey that would not be completed until August 1952. In the meantime, it would appear, they set out to expand the market for gospel songs, probably in order to prove themselves to Dorsey and to further both his interests and their own. That appears to be the reason for the sudden revival of the twelve-year-old song, and it certainly helped further the song’s promimence in Elvis’ repertoire (he introduced it on The Ed Sullivan Show in January 1957 and recorded it shortly thereafter). None of this impinged on the Soul Stirrers, though, whose record came out several weeks before Red Foley’s. Interestingly, Crain wrote to Art Rupe on September 14, in response to a question about the song’s authorship and publishing, and made reference to the differences between the Stirrers’ and Foley’s versions.            (source: Peter Guralnick – Dream Boogie, page 659)

Soul Stirrers:  

  • Sam Cooke (lead)
  • Paul Foster (lead) 
  • Senior Roy Crain (first tenor)
  • Thomas L. Bruster (baritone)
  • R.B. Robinson (baritone)
  • Jesse J. Farley (bass)

Recorded March 1, 1951 at Universal Recorders in Hollywood by Art Rupe

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Singles    Specialty 802 b/w Jesus Gave Me Water (1951, sold 65,300 copies)

Albums

  • The Complete Recordings of Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers
  • The Gospel Soul of Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers, Vol.1
  • My Gospel Roots
  • Peace In The Valley
  • Sam Cooke With the Soul Stirrers
  • Specialty Profiles
  • Touch The Hem Of His Garment
  • Wonderful
  • Brothers Of Soul – Early Years Collection
  • You Send Me (Timeless Collection)

Lyrics

O, there will be peace in the valley for me, one day
There will be peace in the valley for me, I pray

No sadness, no sorrow, no more trouble there will be
There will be peace in the valley for me

You know the bear will be gentle
you know wolves gonna be so tamed

Mighty lion, if you will right now,
will lie down with the lamb, oh yes
I know the horse from the wild
Will be led by a little child
and I´ll be changed from this creature

There will be peace in the valley for me, one day
No sadness, no, sorrow, no more trouble there will be
There will be peace in the valley, I pray

Chains of Love

Written by A. Nugetre (Robbins Music Corp. Ltd)

Recorded at RCA Victor’s Music Center Of The World in Hollywood, CA on December 14, 1962

Producers Hugo Peretta and Luigi Creatore

Recording Engineer:    Dave Hassinger

Arranged and Conducted by Horace Ott

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Albums:   

  • Mr. Soul
  • The Rhythm and the Blues

Lyrics

chains of love
have tied my heart to you
chains of love
have made me feel so blue
now that I’m your prisoner
tell me what you’re gonna do

what I wanna know is
are you gonna leave me
are you gonna make me cry
tell me baby
are you gonna leave me
are you gonna make me cry
the chains are gonna haunt me
until the day I die

let me tell you right now
if you’re gonna leave me
please wont you set me free, pretty baby
if you’re gonna leave me
please wont you set me free
cause I can’t stand these chains around me
unless you’re here with me

in conclusion let me tell you honey
it’s three o’clock in the morning
and o, the moon is shining bright
one more time now
three o’clock in the morning
the moon is shining bright
and O I just sit and wonder
where can you be again tonight

Come Let Us Go Back To God

Post number 1 about a track from the first recording session with the Soul Stirrers.

The song was written by the great Thomas Dorsey who also wrote Peace in the Valley, another early Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers song. Not my favorite of the oevre but it’s fun to hear a very young Sam Cooke perform here. It has gotten some new attention when it was featured in the movie Ladykillers. The soundtrack also has a version of the same song by Donnie McClurkin.

Lyrics:

What happened across the sea, may come to you and me.

OHHH come let us go back to god, go back to god

oohh come on, let us go back, come on, let us go back
Let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god

I know the way, without my lord, mighty hard ohhhh yeah
Let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god

That I know death has, marred the path. Yes death has marred, the path we trod
Let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god

Come on yes let us go back, go back to god
Lets go back to god, lets go back to god, Ooohh let us go back to god

There is trouble in the air, destruction is everywhere
And men are being tramped, beneath the soil
And nations – great and small, have nigh begun to fall

OHHH come let us go back to god, go back to god

Soul Stirrers:  

  • Sam Cooke (lead)
  • Paul Foster (lead)
  • Senior Roy Crain (first tenor)
  • Thomas L. Bruster (baritone)
  • R.B. Robinson (baritone)
  • Jesse J. Farley (bass)

Recorded March 1, 1951 at Universal Recorders in Hollywood by Art Rupe

Singles    Specialty 813 b/w Joy, Joy To My Soul (1951, sold 23.300 copies)

Albums    

  • The Complete Recordings of Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers
  • Jesus Gave Me Water
  • My Gospel Roots
  • That’s Heaven To Me
  • Touch The Hem Of His Garment
  • LadyKillers soundtrack
  • Presents for All

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A new start

Hello there Sam Cooke fan,

my name is Martyn and for 15 years I ran the website Songs of Sam Cooke. Unfortunately I had to close it due to lack of funds, so I decided to turn to WordPress to restart the site, but more in a blogform. Here I will discuss his songs, albums, covers, basically anything I come across that I think is worth sharing. Hopefully I can post something every two weeks.

– Martyn