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Sam Cooke

"Sam Cooke" (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964) was a popular and influential American gospel, R&B, soul, pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Indeed, musicians and critics today recognize him as one of the true founders of soul music, and as one of most important singer in soul music history.

The title "the king of soul" is often over-used but Sam Cooke's legacy is a very big one. He had 29 Top 40 hits in the U.S. between 1957 and 1965. He is therefore seen by many as "the creator" of the genre. Major hits like "You Send Me", "Chain Gang ", "Wonderful World" and "Bring It On Home To Me" are among some of his very best work.

Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career, and 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 Civil Rights Movement, paralleling his musical ability to bridge gaps between black and white audiences.

"Sam Cooke" was born "Samuel Cook" in Chicago, Illinois (he added an "e" onto the end of his name because he thought it added a touch of class). He was one of...

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Alias Dale Cooke
Born January 22, 1931
Origin Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died December 11, 1964; Los Angeles, California
Genre R&B/Soul Music
Occupation Singer-songwriter, entrepreneur
Instrument Singing
Years active 1950-1964
Associated acts The Soul Stirrers, Bobby Womack
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