Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

Singer-songwriter, entrepreneur
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Sam Cooke

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.

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Full name at birth
Samuel Cook
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Claim to fame
Hits: 'You Send Me', 'A Change Is Gonna Come', 'Cupid'
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Date of birth
22 January 1931
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Place of birth
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
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Date of death
11 December 1964
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Age
33 (age at death)
Place of death
Hacienda Motel, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Cause of death
Killed by Bertha Franklin under mysterious circumstances
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Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
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Occupation
Singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, civil rights activist
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5' 10" (178 cm)
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Dunbar High School
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  • Voted the fourth greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll in 2008.
  • Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Cousin of Stan Shaw.
  • His song "A Change is Gonna Come", drastically different from most of his other work, was penned by Cooke after he was moved by Bob Dylan`s "Blowin` in the Wind". This indicated Cooke may have started to make darker, more socially-conscious work if he had lived.
  • He was a huge influence on other R&B and rock-`n-roll singers. Among others, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye considered him a favorite.

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