Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

  • 17 Apr 17:48
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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.

Followers: Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Rod Stewart, Aaron Neville, D'Angelo, James Carr, Kanye West, Steve Miller

Influenced By: Nat 'King' Cole, Robert Harris, Mahalia Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Charles...

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