Sunday, January 19, 2014


The Rev. Julius Cheeks, on hiatus from The Sensational Nightingales, sang with The Soul Stirrers for about five minutes one time around 1954. He recorded several takes of “All Right Now,” sharing fiery leads with Sam Cooke; none were originally issued, all are good enough to have been. This is take 4.

The Soul Stirrers • All Right Now (Take 4 Alternate) • 1954

Photo: “The Sensational Nightingales, New York, 1958” (detail). Left to right, Dewey Young, Julius Cheeks, Jo Jo Wallace. Photo by Lloyd Yearwood from The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times by Tony Heilbut, Simon and Schuster, 1971.

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