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Sam Cooke

An American gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.

He is considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music and one of the first black rock singers to be recognised as a great singer, songwriter.

Cooke had 29 Top 40 hits in the U.S. between 1957 and 1965. Major hits like "You Send Me", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World" and "Bring It on Home to Me" are some of his most popular songs.

His first pop single, "Lovable" (1956), was released under the alias of "Dale Cooke"

The nephew of singer R. B. Greaves.

Sam Cooke started singing at the age of 15 fronting "Highway QCs"
and later lead singer for "The Soul Stirrers".

In 1957, Cooke signed with Keen Records. His first release was "You Send Me".

One of his first RCA singles was the hit "Chain Gang" followed by more hits, including "Sad Mood", "Bring it on Home to Me" with Lou Rawls on backing vocals, "Another Saturday Night" and "Twistin' the Night Away".

Sam Cooke had an amazing run of hits during the late fifties and sixties right up until his death.

Cooke died at the age of 33 in 1964 in Los Angeles, California.

He was shot to death by Bertha Franklin, manager of the Hacienda Motel in South Los Angeles, who claimed that he had threatened her, and that she killed him in self-defense.

The details of the case involving Cooke's death are still in dispute.

Sam Cooke inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame - 1986.

Today Cookes hits are remembered and sung by most major groups around the world.

Albums include

1957 Sam Cooke
1962 The Best of Sam Cooke
1963 Night Beat
1964 Ain't That Good News
1964 Sam Cooke at the Copa
1986 The Man and His Music
2003 Portrait of a Legend: 1951-1964

Hits include.

1957 "You Send Me"
1957 "I'll Come Running Back to You"
1959 "Only Sixteen"
1960 "Wonderful World"
1960 "Chain Gang"
1961 "Cupid"
1962 "Twistin' the Night Away"
1963 "Another Saturday Night"
1963 "Frankie and Johnny"
1965 "Shake"
1986 "Wonderful World"
1986 "Another Saturday Night"

All information may be obtained at te web address above.

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