That's Where It's At (song)

"That's Where It's At" is a song written by Sam Cooke and J.W. Alexander.[1] Recorded by Cooke, it was released as a single in September 1964.

"That's Where It's At"
That's Where It's At 7"
Single by Sam Cooke
B-side"Cousin of Mine"
ReleasedSeptember 16, 1964 (1964-09-16)
RecordedAugust 20, 1963 (1963-08-20)
RCA Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
GenreSoul, R&B
LabelRCA 8426
Songwriter(s)Sam Cooke, J. W. Alexander
Producer(s)Al Schmitt
Sam Cooke singles chronology
"Good Times"
"That's Where It's At"

The song was recorded in 32 takes on August 20, 1963 at the RCA studio in Los Angeles, although not released until over a year later.[2] The backing band on the single consisted of trumpeter John Anderson, bassist Harper Cosby, trombonist John "Streamline" Ewing, drummer June Gardner, saxophonist Jewell Grant, violinist Darel Terwilliger, and guitarists René Hall and Bobby Womack.[1]

It was not initially much of a commercial success, charting no higher than 93 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] By Cooke's personal standards it was similarly low, especially when compared to his previous and following singles ("Good Times" and "Shake", respectively), both of which were comfortably in the Top 20. However, the song has garnered a respectable amount of critical acclaim in the decades since. It is ranked 876th in American music critic Dave Marsh's 1989 list, The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made.[3]

"That's Where It's At" has been covered by such artists as Van Morrison, Ray Charles and Bobby Womack, among others.

Chart (1964) Peak
Billboard Hot 100 93


  1. ^ a b c "That's Where It's At|". Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  2. ^ "Sam Cooke in the Studio|". Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  3. ^ "The 1001 Greatest Singles, by Number|". Archived from the original on 2002-02-04. Retrieved 2010-11-23.