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Published on Aug 28, 2008
The Groove - Sooth me , 1968 The second single was "Soothe Me", an infectious and swinging number which went Top Ten in most major cities, -- #8 in Sydney, Melbourne #14 in March 1968. The song was was written by soul legend Sam Cooke, who also produced the original version, which was the first US hit for The Simms Twins in 1964. Cooke cut a gospel version with The Soul Stirrers as "Lead Me Jesus" about six months later. Sam & Dave (who were strongly influenced by The Simms Twins) cut their version for Stax in 1967, and they were the source for The Groove's version. While he was in the UK with Normie Rowe, Rod Stone saw Sam & Dave perform "Soothe Me" live in London and was greatly impressed. (This was during the legendary 1967 Stax-Volt European package tour that featured Sam & Dave, Arthur Conley, Booker T & the MGs and Otis Redding. If you've see the film footage of this tour, which includes electrifying performances by Sam & Dave and Otis, then you'll know why Rod was so impressed.) http://www.milesago.com