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Samuel Cooke

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Birthplace: Clarksdale, Coahoma County, MS, USA
Death: Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Dolores Cook and <private> Womack (Campbell)
Father of <private> Cooke; <private> Cooke and <private> Cooke

Managed by: Nathan Luke Cowdrey
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Immediate Family

    • <private> Womack (Campbell)
      spouse
    • <private> Cooke
      child
    • <private> Cooke
      child
    • <private> Cooke
      child
    • stepson

About Samuel Cooke

Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), born Samuel Cook, was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. He is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocal abilities and influence on the modern world of music. His pioneering contributions to soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Billy Preston and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.

Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, and three more after his death. Major hits like "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Cupid", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World" and "Twistin' the Night Away" are some of his most popular songs. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He 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.

On December 11, 1964, Cooke was fatally shot by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 33. At the time, the courts ruled Cooke was drunk and distressed, and the manager had killed Cooke in what was later ruled a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been widely questioned.

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Samuel Cooke's Timeline

1931
January 22, 1931
Clarksdale, Coahoma County, MS, USA
1964
December 11, 1964
Age 33
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA, USA
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