Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Solomon Burke’s biggest hit on the pop charts came in 1965 when his song “Got To Get You Off Of My Mind” (released on this date in 1965) hit #22 on the charts. While the lyrics to the song clearly reflect a romance gone wrong, according to Solomon Burke, the song is actually about another famous soul singer that he was trying to get out of his mind. Your One Cup question this morning – what other famous soul singer was Solomon Burke thinking about when he wrote “Got To Get You Off Of My Mind?” One clue: Solomon wrote the song in 1964 on the way to that other singer’s funeral.

Answer: Sam Cooke.

"I was in Los Angeles with Sam Cooke the night he was shot. We were out at that club together... Later that night at my hotel, my friend calls me and tells me Sam's been shot. I thought he was joking. 'Sam wasn't shot, man. I just left him.' It was no joke. Sam's death was devastating. He meant so much to me. He meant a lot to all of us. He represented the next level for us. He opened doors that haven't been stepped through since. He was gonna be the next Nat Cole. He was a dear friend, and now he was gone. I had to get on the train to get on a plane to get back to Sam's funeral in Chicago. I had no sleep and I couldn't get Sam off my mind. There's the song. I wrote 'Got To Get You Off My Mind' to get Sam Cooke off my mind." - Solomon Burke, from SamCookeFanClub.com.


At 2:12 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

They took his life (yes, "took"), yet his legacy still shines brightly.

Erik Greene
Author, “Our Uncle Sam: The Sam Cooke Story From His Family's Perspective”


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