Sam Cooke

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Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), born Samuel Cook, was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. He is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocal abilities and influence on the modern world of music. His pioneering contributions to soul music led 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.

Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, and three more after his death. 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. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the Civil Rights Movement.

On December 11, 1964, Cooke was fatally shot by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 33. At the time, the courts ruled Cooke was drunk and distressed, and the manager had killed Cooke in what was later ruled a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been widely questioned.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2011 Wonderful World: The Very Best of Sam Cooke 1957-60 Compilation Sam Cooke 1
2012 The Platinum Collection Compilation Sam Cooke 1
2012 The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection Compilation Sam Cooke 1
2013 The Complete Singles (1956-1962) Compilation Sam Cooke 1
All Hits Compilation Sam Cooke 1
Cuts Compilation Sam Cooke 1
Greatest Compilation Sam Cooke 1
Only Sixteen (20 Greatest Hits) Compilation Sam Cooke 1
The Best Of Compilation Sam Cooke 1
The Best Of Compilation Sam Cooke 1
The Complete Specialty Recordings of Sam Cooke With the Soul Stirrers Compilation Sam Cooke 1
The Great Sam Cooke Compilation Sam Cooke 1
Wonderful World Compilation Sam Cooke 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1964 Sam Cooke at the Copa Live Sam Cooke 1
1985 Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 Live Sam Cooke 4
1992 His Earliest Recordings Live Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
At the Copa Live Sam Cooke 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1951 Come, Let Us Go Back to God / Joy, Joy to My Soul Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1951 I'm Gonna Build on That Shore / Until Jesus Calls Me Home Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1951 Peace in the Valley / Jesus Gave Me Water Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1952 How Far Am I From Canaan? / It Won't Be Very Long Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1952 Just Another Day / Let Me Go Home Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1953 He'll Welcome Me / End of My Journey Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1953 Jesus Paid the Debt / Blessed Be the Name of the Lord Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1954 He's My Friend Until the End / Come and Go to That Land Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1954 Jesus, I'll Never Forget / Any Day Now Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1955 Nearer to Thee / Be With Me Jesus Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1955 One More River / I'm So Glad Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1956 Touch the Hem of His Garment / Jesus, Wash Away My Troubles Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1956 Wonderful / Farther Along Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1957 You Send Me / Summertime, Part 1 Sam Cooke 1
1957 I'll Come Running Back to You / Forever Sam Cooke 1
1957 In a Few More Days / Pilgrim of Sorrow Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1958 Sinner, Run to Jesus / Were You There? Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1959 Only Sixteen / Let's Go Steady Again Sam Cooke 1
1960 Wonderful World / Along the Navajo Trail Sam Cooke 1
1960 Chain Gang Sam Cooke 1
1961 Cupid / Farewell My Darling Sam Cooke 1
1962 Bring It on Home to Me / Having a Party Sam Cooke 1
1962 Nothing Can Change This Love / Somebody Have Mercy Sam Cooke 1
1962 Twistin' The Night Away / One More Time Sam Cooke 1
1963 Another Saturday Night / Love Will Find a Way Sam Cooke 1
1963 Frankie and Johnny / Cool Train Sam Cooke 1
1964 Good Times / Tennessee Waltz Sam Cooke 1
1964 Cousin of Mine / That's Where It's At Sam Cooke 1
1965 When a Boy Falls in Love / The Piper Sam Cooke 1
1967 Sad Mood / A Change Is Gonna Come Sam Cooke 1
1970 Must Jesus Bear This Cross Alone / The Last Mile of the Way Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1973 Just Another Day / Christ Is All Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1
1974 That's Heaven to Me / Lord, Remember Me Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers 1

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