Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer and songwriter. Considered to be a pioneer and one of the most influential soul artists of all time, Cooke is commonly referred to as the "King of Soul" for his distinctive vocals, notable contributions to the genre and significance in popular music.
Cooke was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi and later relocated to Chicago with his family at a young age, where he began singing as a child and joined the Soul Stirrers as lead singer in the 1950s. Going solo in 1957, Cooke released a string of hit songs, including "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Cupid", "Wonderful World", "Chain Gang", "Twistin' the Night Away", "Bring It On Home to Me", and "Good Times". During his eight-year career, Cooke released 29 singles that charted in the Top 40 of the Billboard Pop Singles chart, as well as 20 singles in the Top Ten of...
|Born||22 Jan. 1931, in Clarksdale|
|Died||11 Dec. 1964 (Aged: 33), in Los Angeles|
|Children||Linda WomackSamona Cooke|
|Label(s)||RCA VictorKeenRCAABKCOSpecialty RecordsNot Now MusicLegacyCompanionAnalogue ProductionsAce|
|Label management||SAR Records (label founder)Kags Music Corp. (personal publisher)|