Rhythm and blues, Musical Artist
1931 – 1964
Who was Sam Cooke?
Sam Cooke, born Samuel Cook, was an American recording artist, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur. He is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocal abilities and influence on the modern world of music. His pioneering contributions to soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Billy Preston and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.
Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, and a further three after his death. Major hits like "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Cupid", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World", and "Twistin' the Night Away" are some of his most popular songs. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
On December 11, 1964, Cooke was fatally shot by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 33. At the time, the courts ruled Cooke was drunk and distressed, and the manager had killed Cooke in what was later ruled a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been widely questioned.
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- Jan 22, 1931
- Also known as
- Sam Cook
- Samuel Cook
- Barbara Campbell
(1959/10/09 - 1964/12/11)
- Dolores Mohawk
(1953/10/19 - 1957)
- Barbara Campbell
- African American
- United States of America
- Wendell Phillips Academy High School
- Lived in
- Dec 11, 1964
- Resting place
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park
on July 23, 2013
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