Let’s keep it fresh this week by, ironically, going classic.
Each of these songs was released sometime this week—just a few years back, that’s all.
Sam Cooke – “You Send Me” (Released October 16, 1957)
Cooke’s first and biggest hit is a classic love song that everyone with a heartbeat oughta appreciate. This song may incite slow dancing with strangers or mere acquaintances. Consider this a fair warning and check out this old school recording of Mr. Cooke performing this beautiful tune:
Big Brother & The Holding Company – Cheap Thrills (Released October 12, 1968)
I know, I know—this ain’t just one song, it’s a whole record! But hey, this one’s worth it. With Janis Joplin as their lead singer, San Francisco’s Big Brother & the Holding Company was a tour de force in the rock and roll scene whose album Cheap Thrills remains a tent pole to any great music collection. This record is also where you’ll find their quintessential hit, “Summertime.” (fun fact: Sam Cooke’s recording of “Summertime” deserves just as much play as Janis’s!)
Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing (Released October 15, 1982)
If you haven’t begun your Marvin Gaye education yet, this song is a good place to start. Not only do you need to give it a few listens to erase every grade school joke about this amazing track from your brain, but afterwards you’ve got to start collecting every song Marvin Gaye ever created. Let his smooth R&B cleanse and revitalize you.