Keep Movin' On doubles as a vocal accompaniment to VH1's recent illuminating Legends special about the charismatic soul/pop singer responsible for such '50s and '60s hits as "You Send Me" and "Wonderf

Keep Movin' On doubles as a vocal accompaniment to VH1's recent illuminating Legends special about the charismatic soul/pop singer responsible for such '50s and '60s hits as "You Send Me" and "Wonderful World." A lover of music and a voracious reader, Cooke constantly experimented during an all-too-brief career that found him creatively pairing banjos, flutes, lush strings, and French horns with gospel harmonies. Whether wrapping his own distinctive, gospel-bred vocals (his dad was a Baptist minister) around a dance jam ("Another Saturday Night"), a love ballad ("Falling in Love"), or pop standard ("You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You"), Cooke made each song his own, packing an emotional punch that still carries considerable weight nearly 40 years after his untimely death in 1964. Chief among the collection's highlights are the never-released "I'm Just a Country Boy" and the newly discovered title track, whose inspirational lyrics underscore Cooke's burgeoning focus on racial issues. It is a focus that resonates throughout his haunting "A Change Is Gonna Come"—a song that, according to Peter Guralnick's liner notes, Cooke rarely sang in public. Thankfully, it's now here to stay.—GM

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