Swing Low

Swing Low, also known as Sam Cooke, is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke. Produced by Hugo & Luigi, the album was released in February 1961 in the United States by RCA Victor.[1] The album includes the hit single “Chain Gang”.

The album was remastered in 2011 as a part of The RCA Albums Collection.

Track listing

Side one

  1. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (Traditional) – 3:05
  2. “I’m Just a Country Boy” (Fred Hellerman, Marshall Barer) – 4:05
  3. “They Call the Wind Maria” (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 2:54
  4. “Twilight on the Trail” (Sidney D. Mitchell, Louis Alter) – 3:10
  5. “If I Had You” (Sam Cooke, James W. Alexander) – 2:20
  6. “Chain Gang” (Cooke) – 2:32

Side two

  1. “Grandfather’s Clock” (Henry Clay Work) – 3:10
  2. “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” (Stephen Foster) – 3:44
  3. “Long, Long Ago” (Thomas Haynes Bayly) – 3:00
  4. “Pray” (Johnnie Taylor) – 2:10
  5. “You Belong to Me” (Cooke, Alexander) – 2:44
  6. “Goin’ Home” (Antonín Dvořák / Williams Arms Fisher,) – 3:05


All credits adapted from The RCA Albums Collection (2011) liner notes. The musicians who recorded “Chain Gang”, save for Cooke, Clifton White, George Barnes and Glenn Osser, are unknown.[2]

  • Sam Cooke – vocals
  • Clifton White, Don Arnone, Everett Barksdale, Al Chernet, George Barnes (musician) (on “Chain Gang”) – guitar
  • Milt Hinton – bass guitar
  • Jimmy Crawford, Bunny Shawker – drums
  • Hank Jones – piano
  • Seldon Powell – saxophone
  • Hinda Barnett, Fred Fradkin, Archie Levin, Harry Lookofsky, Ben Miller, David Nadien, Sylvan Shulman – violin
  • George Ricci – cello
  • Al Brown – viola
  • Steve Lipkins, Leon Marian – trumpet
  • Henderson Chambers, Albert Godlis, Frank Saracco – trombone
  • Sammy Lowe – conductor
  • Glenn Osser – conductor on “Chain Gang”
  • Bob Simpson – recording engineer


  • Songs of Sam Cooke: Main Page

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