From the recording Lost and Lookin'
Lost and Lookin' was recorded "out at the Ranch" in Stafford, Texas in March 2010.
Executive Producer: Kevin "Big Kev" Ploghoft
Producer: Jimmy Pizzitola
Engineer: Jimmy Pizzitola
Glenna Bell: Vocals
Executive producer, Big Kev Ploghoft, introduced me to this great song that Sam Cooke recorded on February 25, 1963 at RCA Victor's Studio in Hollywood. What I liked about it was the simplicity of the lyrics and the minimalism of the production (Cooke recorded it with nothing but an upright bass behind him), which allowed his incredible vocals to shine. The song's solitary voice calling out for a love lost forever continued to haunt me for quite some time, and in the end it made the cut. I decided to record my own a cappella version, in keeping with the simplicity and minimalism of the original production, which best suits a lyric that was meant to convey something primal, something so basic -- the deep emotion, the utter despair that comes straight from the heart, uncomplicated by a circuitous route through the head. My intention was to capture the immediacy of the song and the complete isolation of its singer through a bare-bones delivery that does not attempt to portray the character as some American Idol singing star but as a real woman, living a real life at the turn of the twenty-first century. I find myself singing this one more than any of the others during the quiet hours when the shadows are falling, as I'm doing the dishes or the dusting. Like Sam Cooke himself, this great song is an American classic that has stood the test of time -- for then and now, we all know how it feels to be Lost and Lookin' . . .
Sam Cooke, was an American gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music. He is commonly known as The King of Soul for his unmatched vocal abilities and impact and influence on the modern world of music. His contribution in pioneering Soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and popularizing the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.
Cooke had 29 top-40 hits in the U.S. between 1957 and 1964. Major hits like "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World", and "Bring It on Home to Me" are some of his most popular songs. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the American Civil Rights Movement.
On December 11, 1964, Cooke was allegedly shot to death by the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California at the age of 33.