The Impressions star Sam Gooden dies aged 87

Sam Gooden, one of the founding members of Chicago soul group The Impressions and a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 87.

His daughter, Gina Griffin, Gooden said died Thursday, a month before his 88th birthday, in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, surrounded by his family.

The Impressions came about in the 1950s after Gooden and brothers Richard and Arthur Brooks met Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler in Chicago.

Butler sang the baritone lead on her seminal 1958 album, the classic ballad For Your Precious Love, although many of her hits featured Mayfield’s tenor and Gooden sang bass behind him.

The Impressions remained a top group through the 1960s, known for their gospel-esque harmonies and socially conscious songs.

Mayfield helped write many of her hits, including the widely acclaimed People Get Ready, along with Gypsy Woman, Keep On Pushing, It’s All Right and We’re A Winner.

They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. Seven years later, People Get Ready was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Mayfield left the group for a solo career in 1970, although he continued to write and produce for The Impressions.

Gooden and fellow Chattanoogan Fred Cash continued to sing as The Impressions along with other lead singers including Leroy Hutson. They toured until 2018. The Impressions star Sam Gooden dies aged 87

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