Ain't That Good News (song)
|Single by Sam Cooke|
|from the album Ain't That Good News|
|B-side||"Basin Street Blues" (RCA 8299 & 1386)
"Little Red Rooster" (RCA 07070)
|Released||January 22, 1964|
|Recorded||December 20, 1963
RCA Studio, Hollywood, California
|Producer(s)||Hugo & Luigi|
|Sam Cooke singles chronology|
"Ain't That Good News", also known as "Good News", is a song written and performed by soul singer Sam Cooke, released on RCA Records in 1964. The song was recorded in three takes for the 1964 album of the same name and reached number eleven on the pop chart, and number one on the Cashbox Magazine's R&B charts as a single. Cooke performed the song live on American Bandstand on April 4 of the same year. It is a modern adaptation of an older gospel song of the same title. Cooke's version was later covered by many acts, such as Otis Rush, The Supremes, Florence Ballard, David Fathead Newman, and King Curtis.
The song was the first piece of new material that Cooke had recorded in the six months following the drowning death of his 18-month-old son Vincent. After reaching a new deal with RCA records, Sam Cooke received more creative freedom in his work and had chosen a fine line of session musicians to accompany him.
J. W. Work (in “American Negro Songs”, 1940) 
Known for his gospel roots, Sam Cooke often used church influences in his music. "Ain't That Good News" is a secular reworking of an old spiritual. The spiritual's lyrics proclaimed the singer's faith and love for Jesus, built around gospel themes and a slow gospel tempo with an underlying pulsating drive. Sam Cooke, however, transformed the song into an uptempo soulful number with an upbeat horn and rhythm section. Cooke's version has the same feel, passion, and soul as the original, but the only difference being the faith and love of a woman.
Oh my baby's coming home tomorrow
Ain't that good news, man, ain't that newsAin't that good news, man, ain't that news
Baby's coming home tomorrow
ain' that news, man, ain't that news
She said she's sorry that she left
Found out she don't want nobody else
Says she want me all to herself
Ain't that good news, man, ain't that news
I can't wait to get her home,
where we can finally be alone
Disconnect my telephone, Ain't that good news, man ain't that news
Ain't that news, ain't that good news, Man Man
My baby is coming home tomorrow— Sam Cooke, "(Ain't That) Good News"
Credits for the song adapted from album liner notes.
- Horn Section
- Rhythm Section
- Joseph Gibbons - guitar, banjo
- Edward Hall - drums, percussion
- René Hall - guitar
- Howard Roberts - guitar
- John Pisano - guitar
- Emil Radocchia - marimbi, tympani, percussion
- Clifton White - guitar
- Eddie Tilman - bass
- Sam Cooke: Good News at Discogs (list of releases)
- "Ain't That Good News album information". Songsofsamcooke.com. Retrieved 2011-11-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 134.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Song Official Site of Negro Spirituals, antique Gospel MusicThe tunes and the beats of negro spirituals and Gospel songs.... Negro Spirituals. Retrieved on 2009-09-13.
- Ain't That Good News reissue liner notes by Hugo & Luigi, Lenne Allik. ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. 2003.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Song profile at SongsOfSamCooke.com