Sam Cooke

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Sam Cooke
Background information
Birth name Samuel Cook[1]
Also known as Dale Cooke
Born January 22, 1931(1931-01-22)
Clarksdale, Mississippi
Died December 11, 1964(1964-12-11) (aged 33)
Los Angeles, California
Genres R&B, soul, gospel, pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 1950–1964
Labels Specialty, Keen, RCA
Associated acts The Soul Stirrers
Bobby Womack
Johnnie Taylor

Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931–December 11, 1964) was an American soul singer and songwriter. He was born Sam Cook but later changed the spelling of his name. He was very important in the beginning of soul music.[2][3][4] He had many hit songs in America. Some of his most famous songs were "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World", and "Bring It on Home to Me".

Cooke started his own record label and publishing company. He was an important part of the Civil Rights Movement, helping African-American people to get civil rights.[5]

Cooke died in 1964. He was shot and killed by a hotel manageress called Bertha Franklin. She told the police that she shot Cooke in self-defense.[6] He was buried in Glendale, California.

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  1. "Sam Cooke". Britannica online. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/136091/Sam-Cooke. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  2. Appiah, Kwame Anthony; Gates, Henry Louis; Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (2004). Africana: An A-to-Z Reference of Writers, Musicians, and Artists of the African American Experience. Running Press. pp. 146. ISBN 0-762-42042-1 .
  3. DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James (1992). The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll: The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and their Music. George-Warren, Holly. Random House. pp. 135. ISBN 0-679-73728-6 .
  4. Nite, Norm N. (1992). Rock On Almanac: The First Four Decades of Rock 'n' Roll: A Chronolology. New York, New York: HarperPerennial. pp. 140–142.
  5. Guralnick, Peter (2005-09-22). "The Man Who Invented Soul". rollingstone.com. http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/7661211/the_man_who_invented_soul. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  6. Krajick, David. "The Death of Sam Cooke", truTV.com Crime Library