Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Considered to be a pioneer and one of the most influential soul artists of all time, Cooke is commonly referred to as the "King of Soul" for his distinctive vocals, notable contributions to the genre and high significance in popular music.
|Full name at birth||
|Claim to fame||
Hits: 'You Send Me', 'A Change Is Gonna Come', 'Cupid'
|Date of birth||
22 January 1931
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Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
|Date of death||
11 December 1964
33 (age at death)
|Place of death||
Hacienda Motel, Los Angeles, California, USA
|Cause of death||
Killed by Bertha Franklin under mysterious circumstances
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, civil rights activist
5' 10" (178 cm)
Dunbar High School
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