One of the most important artists in the history of popular music, the legendary Sam Cooke, was a seminal influence on generations of Soul/R&B singers including Marvin Gaye, Howard Tate, James Carr and Bobby Womack. As with many soul artists, Cooke began his career as a gospel singer, with The Soul Stirrers, before making the transition to secular music in the late-50s. His outstanding voice, effortlessly made standard pop fare such as Another Saturday Night and Twistin' The Night Away sound extraordinary. On top of his unequalled vocal brilliance, Cooke was also a gifted writer, penning classics such as You Send Me, which effortlessly combined R&B, gospel and pop influences and appealed to a vast audience without compromising his credibility. Cooke's stellar discography includes timeless classics such as Wonderful World, Chain Gang, and the magnificent civil rights anthem A Change Is Gonna Come, among many others. Cooke was tragically shot and killed, in disputed circumstances in late-1964, his death an incalculable loss to the world of music.