Sam Cooke

American singer/ songwriter, entrepreneur and Blues Legend Sam Cooke was tragically shot On December 11, 1964 in Los Angeles, California by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. A Boeing executive named Doug Bouchard was in the room next door, and witnessed the event. After an inquest, the courts ruled Cooke’s death to be a justifiable homicide. However Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been called into question by Cooke’s family.

Sam Cooke was Born January 22nd, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S. And is considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music and is sometimes referred to as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocal abilities and influence on the modern world of music. His contribution in pioneering soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, 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 American Civil Rights Movement.

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