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Impress co-founder turns 87 – Billboard

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Sam Gooden, one of the original members of Chicago soul group The Impressions and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died. He was 87 years old.

His daughter, Gina Griffin, said Gooden died Thursday, a month after her 88th birthday, in her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. he was dead previously reported by WRCB-TV in Chattanooga.

The raids took place in the 1950s after Gooden and brothers Richard and Arthur Brooks visited Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler in Chicago. Butler sang the baritone lead on his breakthrough record in 1958 in the classic ballad “For Your Precious Love”, although many of his hits were Mayfield’s stint, with Gooden singing bass behind him.

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The Impressions remained a top group in the 1960s, known for their gospel-style harmonies and socially conscious lyrics. The group had 39 Billboard Hot 100 hits (including three Top 10), 18 entries on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, and six #1 and 20 Top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Mayfield helped write several of her hits, including the widely covered “People Get Ready” (number 14 on the Hot 100) with “Gypsy Woman” (number 20), “Keep On Pushing” (number 10) . “We’re a Winner” (Number 14) and their highest-charting Hot 100 hit “It’s All Right” (Number 4).

The Impressions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. Seven years later, “People Get Ready” was voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Mayfield left the group in 1970 to pursue a solo career, although he continued to write for The Impressions and help produce. Gooden and fellow Chattanoogan Fred Cash continued to sing as The Impressions with other lead singers, including Leroy Hutson. He toured till 2018.

-Additional reporting by Gary Trust



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