Each day leading up to the unveiling of the 2017 Grooveyard Great 88, we’ll share a video of one song that just missed the survey. Hear the full Great 88 on a special five hour edition of “The Grooveyard” on Saturday, December 30 from 7 PM to midnight. Check out the complete year-end schedule here.
“You Send Me” by Sam Cooke (1957)
Cooke was signed to Specialty Records, which was a Gospel label. Cooke’s producer, Bumps Blackwell, brought this to Art Rupe, who owned the label. Rupe objected to the use of the choir on this track and was afraid it was too secular and would alienate the label’s Gospel fans. He offered Cooke a release from his contract in exchange for outstanding royalties. The song was passed to the Keen label where it sold over 2 million copies.
2016: #58, Highest Ranking: #31 (2014)
Come back each day as we unwrap another song that just missed the Great 88. You can also check out first round results here. Then join host Alan Seltzer on”The Grooveyard” for the Great 88 countdown on a special five-hour show Saturday, December 30 at 7 PM until midnight. Listen to us immediately each Saturday night from 7-10 PM after “Rick’s Redneck Ranch” on 88.1 FM on Long Island or by clicking the 88.1 FM link on wcwp.org. You can also follow us on Twitter.
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