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  Sam Cooke - MSN Encarta
Sam Cooke (1931–1964), American gospel, soul, and popular music singer and songwriter whose smooth tenor voice made him one of the best-known pop artists of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Samuel Cook was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, a town that also launched some of the greatest legends of blues music.
Cooke was active in the business side of the music industry, serving as a producer for other artists and forming his own recording labels and publishing companies.
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 Sam Cooke
Songwriter and performer Sam Cooke was one of the most popular and influential fl singers to emerge in the late '50s, successfully to synthesize a blend of gospel music and secular themes and provided the early foundation of soul music.
Sam Cooke was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on January 22, 1931, but grew up in Chicago, where his father Charles became a minister in the Church of Christ Holiness Church.
Cooke was shoot and killed on December 11, 1964 at the Hacienda motel in Los Angeles.
www.history-of-rock.com /cooke.htm   (1360 words)

 Sam Cooke - Biography - AOL Music
Sam Cooke was the most important soul singer in history -- he was also the inventor of soul music, and its most popular and beloved performer in both the fl and white communities.
He was born Sam Cook in Clarksdale, MS, on January 22, 1931, one of eight children of a Baptist minister and his wife.
Cooke's death shocked the fl community and reverberated far beyond -- his single "Shake" was a posthumous Top Ten hit, as were "A Change Is Gonna Come" and the At the Copa album, released in 1965.
music.aol.com /artist/sam-cooke/3960/biography   (1385 words)

 Sam Cooke - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cooke began his musical career as a member of a quartet with his siblings, the Singing Children, followed by a turn as a teenager as a member of the Highway QCs, a gospel group.
Cooke died at the age of 33 under mysterious circumstances on December 11, 1964 in Los Angeles, California.
Cooke was inducted as a charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sam_Cooke   (1871 words)

 Sam Cooke - Rhythm & Blues at Randy's Rodeo
Sam Cooke was blessed with a mellifluous voice and matinee idol looks, but he began his career as a gospel singer.
In 1964, Sam Cooke died a premature, ignominious death entirely out-of-character with the grace of his art (the details of which are best left to other sources), but his music remains as a high-water mark of the era and an important bridge between the worlds of gospel, pop, and rhythm and blues.
This was a Sam Cooke clearly moving beyond the trivialities of stardom (musical and otherwise), coming to grips with his own mortality (his infant son had recently died) and accepting his responsibilities to his community.
www.randysrodeo.com /rhythm/cooke.php   (1240 words)

 The Death Of Sam Cooke   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Sam pulls in to the motel's parking lot in his red Ferrari, leaving Elisa -- who would later claim she was a kidnap victim at this point -- sitting alone in the car.
Sam's memory was tarnished by an allegation that he attempted to rape a woman and then, only minutes later, was shot in self-defense by another woman.
There is, however, evidence that Sam's accuser was a prostitute, that she went willingly to the hotel, that she never tried to leave when she had the chance, and that she lied under oath at the inquest.
www.ultimatesamcooke.com /id32.htm   (4411 words)

 The Black Commentator - Sam Cooke Still Resonates - Issue 119
Cooke was one of the first African American artists to run his own publishing and management companies.
Sam Cook (without the "e") was born on January 22, 1931, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, but grew up in Chicago, where his father Charles, became a minister in the Church of Christ Holiness.
Cooke sang at King's Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1950s when he was a member of the Soul Stirrers.
www.blackcommentator.com /119/119_sam_cooke.html   (855 words)

 NPR : The Case for Sam Cooke, Soul Pioneer
Sam Cook was a golden child around whom a family mythology was constructed, long before he achieved fame or added the e to his last name.
Sam and L.C. explored the city, roaming far beyond the confines of the neighborhood, sometimes walking along the lake all the way to the Loop and back, a distance of some three miles, and observing a hub of activity, a sense of entitlement and economic well-being, from which they knew fl people were systematically excluded.
Sam's specialties continued for the most part to derive from the sweet-voiced falsetto crooning of Bill Kenny, the breathy lead tenor for the group that had dominated fl secular quartet singing (and in the process enjoyed a remarkable string of number-one pop hits) for the last seven years.
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 Sam Cooke Biography : Oldies.com
Cooke's distinctive florid vocal style was soon obvious on "Touch The Hem Of His Garment" and "Nearer To Thee".
Cooke's singing career was in the ascendant at the time of his tragic death.
Cooke's songs were interpreted by acts as diverse as Rod Stewart, the Animals and Cat Stevens, while the Rolling Stones' cover version of "Little Red Rooster' echoed Cooke's reading rather than that of Howlin" Wolf.
www.oldies.com /artist-biography/Sam-Cooke.html   (749 words)

 Rolling Stone : Sam Cooke: Biography
For Cooke, the political was personal, as he embraced the ideal of economic and political self-determination with the same fervor with which he infused his gospel performances.
As a pioneering fl businessman in the music industry, Cooke's achievements remain significant, but in the decades since his death in 1964, when he was shot to death in a Los Angeles motel by a woman who claimed he had attacked her, it is the music that remains the brightest beacon for ensuing generations.
Cooke took it from there: Once he was in front of audiences, the word got out and soon hordes of adoring teenage girls were flocking to the Soul Stirrers' shows, worshipping the young Adonis more than the word he was espousing.
www.rollingstone.com /artists/samcooke/biography   (1219 words)

 Sam Cooke, Mississippi musician
Sam Cooke was born Samuel Cook on Thursday, January 22, 1931, in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Cooke released a pop single called "Loveable" in 1956 on the same Specialty label that recorded the Stirrers' music, but he used the name "Dale Cooke" on the label instead of Sam to avoid upsetting the gospel group that he sang with.
Cooke is the composer of numerous songs, including "Another Saturday Night," "Bring it on Home to Me." "A Change is Gonna Come," and "Cupid." His first hit for Keen was the 1957 release that he wrote with his brother, L.C. Cooke, "You Send Me," which sold million copies in 1957 alone.
www.shs.starkville.k12.ms.us /mswm/MSWritersAndMusicians/musicians/Cooke.html   (703 words)

 CNN.com - A voice of sex and soul - Nov 16, 2005
Sam Cooke was a man of many talents -- and a man who kept parts of his life very much off limits.
Cooke also wanted to appeal to the widest possible audience, and it wasn't until well into his solo career that he made a conscious effort to add gospel flavorings to his pop releases, particularly the call-and-response of "Bring It On Home to Me."
But Cooke was always growing, perhaps most notably in one of his most stunning songs (and greatest performances), "A Change Is Gonna Come." The song "just came to me," Cooke once recalled, and it electrified others with its bold lyrics and passionate melody.
www.cnn.com /2005/SHOWBIZ/Music/11/16/sam.cooke   (1259 words)

 Sam Cooke News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Source: Portrait of a Legend 03 You Send Me.mp3 Sam Cooke was the prototype for the soul singer: velvet of voice, the embodiment of virility.
Cooke's story, and with it the story of soul, is the basis of "Sam Cooke - Forever Mr.
Sam Moore is one of the last soul survivors.
www.topix.net /who/sam-cooke   (684 words)

 Amazon.com: Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers: Music: Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Cooke initially sang in a style similar to Harris's, but soon took off into his own unearthly realm, writing spine-tingling songs like "Nearer to Thee," "Mean Old World," and the brilliant "Touch the Hem of His Garment," then singing them in his soaring, inimitable style with perfect control of phrasing and enunciation.
Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirres is one of most inspiring and heartfilling experiences of all times.
Sam Cooke joined when he was only 19 years old, but he quickly became the co-lead singer, following the group's long-standing format of having two co-lead vocalists.
www.amazon.com /Sam-Cooke-Soul-Stirrers/dp/B000000QME   (1334 words)

 Amazon.ca: Dream Boogie : The Triumph of Sam Cooke: Books: Peter Guralnick   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
There's no real substitute for the sound of Sam Cooke's music, but the detailed descriptions of his recordings throughout this masterful biography are the next best thing to wearing headphones while you read.
Sam Cooke achieved massive success in gospel before crossing over to pop with his 1957 smash, "You Send Me." He also made his mark as a songwriter and record-industry entrepreneur and was on a path to even greater renown before his murder in a seedy motel at age 33.
Cooke's career paralleled the rise of the civil-rights movement, and Guralnick shows how Cooke's political awareness expanded as his musical sophistication grew.
www.amazon.ca /Dream-Boogie-Triumph-Sam-Cooke/dp/0316377945   (605 words)

 Jelly review: Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke was a contender for the title of Best Soul Singer in the World, and might have locked it up had he not been shot dead the year after this album was first released.
Sam's singing is a little subdued, as it often was at lily-white RCA, but in this case it suits the mood of the album perfectly.
Three tunes are by Cooke, and many of the others are familiar from other places, other voices, although you may not remember that when Sam is singing.
www.jellyroll.com /01/samcooke.html   (926 words)

 Amazon.com: Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964: Music: Sam Cooke   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Sam Cooke, and his body of exquisite work, is one performer truly deserving of the title legend.
Cooke's chart hits are here, except for the relatively minor "Soothe Me" and "Frankie and Johnny." You get his gentle, intricate vocal trills on his first singles for the Keen in the 1950s (1957's #1 "You Send Me," "Wonderful World," "Cupid").
Sam Cooke was not only a great singer but a great songwriter as the notes point out.
www.amazon.com /Portrait-Legend-1951-1964-Sam-Cooke/dp/B00009N1ZV   (1559 words)

 Power Line: Remembering Sam Cooke
Cooke was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on January 22, 1931, grew up a son of the church in Chicago, and died a violent death under tawdry circumstances in Los Angeles on December 11, 1964.
Cooke's mature artistry is intimated in Cooke's contribution to that first recording session.
In bringing the gospel style into mainstream pop music, Cooke followed in the trail of soul music that Ray Charles was blazing at Atlantic Records.
powerlineblog.com /archives/012904.php   (562 words)

Sam Cooke was one of the most influential and important soul singers in history -- He was responsible for the invention of Soul music.
Cooke founded both a record label and a publishing company, as part of his careers as a singer and composer.
Agnes Cooke-Hoskins, sister of Sam Cooke, attending the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2005 tribute to Cooke.
www.myspace.com /samcookesoul   (600 words)

 Golden Voice -- Sam Cooke
Cooke first performed publicly with his brother and two sisters in their Baptist quartet, the Soul Children.
Cooke's own career remained in the ascendant with '(Ain't That) Good News' and 'Good Times', but the purity of such music made his tawdry fate all the more perplexing.
Cooke's songs were interpreted by acts as diverse as Rod Stewart, the Animals and Cat Stevens, while the Rolling Stones' version of 'Little Red Rooster' echoed Cooke's reading rather than that of Howlin' Wolf.
www.geocities.com /BourbonStreet/Delta/7733/sam_cooke.html   (872 words)

 NewBeats.com: Sam Cooke   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Legacy has just released several Sam Cooke reissues as a new biography by author Peter Guralnick on the singer hits the bookshelves.
Cooke had the golden voice that can be heard on his signature tune You Send Me, and many other hits such as "(What a) Wonderful World," "Twistin' the Night Away," "Having a Party," and "Only Sixteen".
Cooke was also a pioneering figure not only as a great soul singer but also as a producer, songwriter, and founder of his own record company-something that not usually afforded fl artists.
www.newbeats.com /samcooke.html   (260 words)

 Sam Cooke
One of eight children born to Rev. Charles Cook and his wife Annie Mae, Sam Cooke first began publically performing at the age of 9 when he formed the gospel trio The Singing Children with two of his sisters.
By 1951, Cooke had been promoted to lead singer for the Stirrers; by 1956, while still performing with the group, he released his first solo pop single Loveable -- but under the name of Dale Cooke to avoid conflicts with his gospel background.
The popularity of Sam Cooke was still at its peak when he was killed in December of 1964.
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 JR.com: Sam Cooke - Ain't That Good News in Music: Soul:
Cooke dips into the well of country music for a version of the classic "Tennessee Waltz" that is startling in its transformative ability, as he accomplishes a feat that no one but Ray Charles himself was capable of at the time--turning country seamlessly into soul.
In his brief yet luminous career, Sam Cooke made perhaps a dozen recordings that were milestones of soul, and laid the groundwork for most of the R&B-related music that would dominate the charts for decades afterward.
Cooke's signature sound fused the passion of his beloved gospel music with a silky-smooth, assured pop-vocal style.
www.jr.com /xs-sam-cooke--pc!487014_CD.html   (540 words)

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