Mount Vernon - Between 1957 and 1964, songs like “You Send Me”, “A Change is Gonna Come”, “Cupid”, Chain Gang”, “Wonderful World” and “Twistin’ the Night Away” were among the 40, yes, 40 hit songs written and/or sung by Sam Cooke. Besides being a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement by the Grammy Awards, ranked 16th over the top 100 greatest musical artists in history and the number 4 greatest singer ever, Jeff Putnam will explore and demonstrate the life and music of Sam Cooke at the next Chautauqua/Lyceum, Thursday August 28 at ThePlace@TheWoodward (111 S. Main Street in downtown Mount Vernon).
Jeff Putnam has portrayed and played the music of Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie and Roy Orbison for the series in the past and does an amazing job of telling the stories and emulating the craftsmanship of each artist.
As an added featured the Spotlight Studio Dancers will dance for one of the songs Jeff will play, bringing and added touch to the way Cooke’s music is still remembered by the older generation and an influence of the younger generation.
Door open at 6 PM and program starts at 7 PM for this presentation, provided on a donation basis. The facility is a first floor theater that is accessible for people with special needs such as wheel chairs, walkers, guide dogs and strollers. For for information on this program or upcoming programs in the series, visit www.elixirpresents.com, www.VisitKnoxOhio.org or call 740-392-6102.