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Sam Cooke

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Sam Cooke Music Videos

Sam Cooke - Almost in Your Arms (1960) Play Video

Sam Cooke - Almost in Your Arms (1960)

Sam Cooke - Almost In Your Arms (1960) - The Overjazz Channel aims to offer only the best recordings of the begining era of modern music. Re-discover genius compositions from the parents of todays music like Miles...

Sam Cooke - Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (1958) Play Video

Sam Cooke - Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (1958)

Sam Cooke - Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (1958) - The Overjazz Channel aims to offer only the best recordings of the begining era of modern music. Re-discover genius compositions from the parents of todays music like...

Sam Cooke - There I've Said It Again (1960) Play Video

Sam Cooke - There I've Said It Again (1960)

Sam Cooke - There I've Said It Again (1960) - The Overjazz Channel aims to offer only the best recordings of the begining era of modern music. Re-discover genius compositions from the parents of todays music like...

Sam Cooke - the Wayward Wind (1960) Play Video

Sam Cooke - the Wayward Wind (1960)

Sam Cooke - The Wayward Wind (1960) - The Overjazz Channel aims to offer only the best recordings of the begining era of modern music. Re-discover genius compositions from the parents of todays music like Miles Davis,...

Sam Cooke - Summertime (1960) Play Video

Sam Cooke - Summertime (1960)

Sam Cooke - Summertime (1960) - The Overjazz Channel aims to offer only the best recordings of the begining era of modern music. Re-discover genius compositions from the parents of todays music like Miles Davis,...

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Sam Cooke Biography

Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931 - December 11, 1964), 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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