Sam Cooke

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Samuel "Sam" Cooke (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964) was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, 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. 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, at the age of 33, Cooke was fatally shot by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. After an inquest, the courts ruled Cooke's death to be a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been consistently called into question by Cooke's family and his wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 3 Great Guys Various Artists 1
1988 16 All-Time Love Songs Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1993 C.C. Rider Various Artists 1
1993 Soul Ballads Various Artists 1
2003 Gospel, the Essential Album Various Artists 1
2005 Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played Les Paul 1
2006 Lovesongs Various Artists 1
2011 Here Come The nice Various Artists 1
2013 American Heartbreakers Various Artists 1
Golden Gospel (disc 2) Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 The History of Rock, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1985 25 Super Oldies, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1986 The Originals Various Artists 1
1986 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1962 Various Artists 4
1987 20 Years of No. 1 Hits: 1956-1975 Various Artists 1
1987 25 Greatest Rock 'n Roll Hits - Part IV Various Artists 1
1987 Golden Memories of the 60s Various Artists 2
1987 Hits Revival Various Artists 1
1987 Hits Revival Various Artists 2
1987 Music Is My Life, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1987 Remembering the '60s Various Artists 1
1987 Senior Prom Various Artists 1
1987 Solid Soul Various Artists 1
1987 stereoplay, CD 27: Yesterday's Various Artists 1
1987 That's Soul: The Best of American Black Music Various Artists 1
1987 Yesterdays Gold, Volume 4 Various Artists 2
1988 25 Jaar Tophits Various Artists 1
1988 Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 60's, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1988 Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 60's, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
1988 Super Oldies Various Artists 1
1988 The Heart & Soul of Rock & Roll Various Artists 1
1988 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1957 Still Rockin' Various Artists 1
1988 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1960 Various Artists 1
1988 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1962 Still Rockin' Various Artists 2
1988 Unforgettable Various Artists 1
1989 Media's Affenstarke Oldtimer, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1989 Originals 20 Crooners Various Artists 1
1989 The Best of Boppin' 50's Various Artists 1
1989 The Greatest Years of Rock 'n' Roll 1956-1965 Various Artists 1
1989 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1959 Still Rockin' Various Artists 1
1989 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1960 Various Artists 2
1989 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1961 Various Artists 2
1990 Original Oldies Various Artists 1
1990 Solid Gold Hits of the 60's Various Artists 1
1991 20 Golden Love Songs Various Artists 1
1991 25 Original Nr. 1 Hits, Volume 1: The Hits of 1945-1959 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1957, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1959, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1960, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1964, Volume 1 Various Artists 1

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