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Sam Cooke

Born: Jan 22, 1931

Death: Dec 11, 1964

Birthplace: Clarksdale

Profession: Singer

Nationality: United States

Sam Cooke

Date of Birth : Jan 22, 1931
Date of Death : Dec 11, 1964
Birth Place : Clarksdale

Samuel Cook, professionally known as Sam Cooke, was an American recording artist, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur generally considered among the greatest of all time. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His pioneering contributions to soul music contributed 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. AllMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was "the inventor of soul music", and possessed "an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed." Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, plus three more posthumously. 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.


  • Singer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Singer-songwriter

Also known as

  • Samuel Cook
  • Sam Cook


  • Annie Mae Cook
  • Charles Cook


  • Barbara Campbell
  • Dolores Mohawk


  • Linda Womack

Awards Won

  • Grammy Hall of Fame Award
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Grammy Award for Best Music Film
  • Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
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