Sam Gooden, the founder and longest-serving member of soul group The Impressions inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 87.
Gooden’s daughter Gina Griffin confirmed her father’s death on Thursday in her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee The Associated Press, Although no cause of death was given ChattanoogaRadioTV.com informed of That Gooden’s health has declined in recent years, including kidney and breathing problems.
After a stint in the military, Gooden moved to Chicago, where she and fellow Chattanooga singers and brothers Arthur and Richard Brooks Chicago childhood friends Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler joined a doo-wop act called the Roosters. The group was soon renamed Jerry Butler & the Impressions in 1958, recording their first R&B hit “For Your Precious Love”.
After the Brooks brothers exited, the group rebranded as a trio, now only the impressions, with Mayfield assuming the leadership of the act. After Butler’s departure as the primary songwriter and lead vocalist of Mayfield’s impressions, the group released a string of early sixties hits including “Gypsy Woman,” “It’s All Right,” and their classic “People Get Ready.” Of.
The latter single was touted as the unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights Movement, and was later inducted into both the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame.
David Frick wrote, “His series of successes in the mid-sixties—which included dazzling soul jewels like ‘It’s All Right,’ ‘You Must Believe Me’ and ‘I’m So Proud’- rivaled the Motown Hit Factory. Were,” wrote David Frick. In Rolling stone Upon his joining the Rock Hall in 1991.
“The impressions remain a major influence on popular music. His voice and vision can still be heard—in the early school of rap, contemporary-soul ballads, and black rock.”
Gooden provided Impression’s bass vocals for the entire group’s run, which culminated when he and fellow longtime member Fred Cash (who replaced Butler) retired the act in 2018. However, Mayfield himself left the impression in 1970 to pursue his own great single. Career, Impressions continued recording and performing, including their final Hot 100 hit “Finally Got Myself Together (I’m a Changed Man)” in 1974.
Gooden, who played lead roles in impressions songs such as “Aware of Love” and “I Wanna Be Around”, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 along with her bandmates in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame was.
Inductees the Impressions recall 1991’s Sam Gooden, whose music seamlessly bridged R&B with the sound of the civil rights movement. As an original member, Gooden’s uplifting voice was an essential component of The Impressions’ unique vocal mix. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/7zPXF80ZAX
— Rock Hall (@rockhall) 6 August 2022
Decades later, Gooden was invited to the White House to meet with then-President Barack Obama. “He invited us over, and it was wonderful. He told us he was proud of us, and that’s something you can never forget,” Gooden told ChattanoogaRadioTV.com.