Sam Cooke

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Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), born Samuel Cook, was an American recording artist, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur. 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 a further three 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 African-American 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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Discography

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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
Golden Gospel (disc 2) Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1982 The History of Rock, Volume 4 Compilation Various Artists 1
1985 25 Super Oldies, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
1986 The Originals Compilation Various Artists 1
1986 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1962 Compilation Various Artists 3
1987 25 Greatest Rock 'n Roll Hits - Part IV Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Golden Memories of the 60s Compilation Various Artists 2
1987 Hits Revival Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Hits Revival Compilation Various Artists 2
1987 Music Is My Life, Volume 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Reader's Digest: 20 Years of No. 1 Hits: 1956-1975 Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Remembering the '60s Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Senior Prom Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Solid Soul Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 stereoplay, CD 27: Yesterday's Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 That's Soul: The Best of American Black Music Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Yesterdays Gold, Volume 4 Compilation Various Artists 1
1988 25 Jaar Tophits Compilation Various Artists 1
1988 Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 60's, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
1988 Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 60's, Volume 2 Compilation Various Artists 2
1988 Super Oldies Compilation Various Artists 1
1988 The Heart & Soul of Rock & Roll Compilation Various Artists 1
1988 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1957 Still Rockin' Compilation Various Artists 1
1988 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1962 Still Rockin' Compilation Various Artists 2
1988 Unforgettable Compilation Various Artists 1
1989 Originals 20 Crooners Compilation Various Artists 1
1989 The Best of Boppin' 50's Compilation Various Artists 1
1989 The Greatest Years of Rock 'n' Roll 1956-1965 Compilation Various Artists 1
1989 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1959 Still Rockin' Compilation Various Artists 1
1989 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1960 Compilation Various Artists 2
1989 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1961 Compilation Various Artists 2
1990 Original Oldies Compilation Various Artists 1
1990 Solid Gold Hits of the 60's Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 25 Original Nr. 1 Hits, Volume 1: The Hits of 1945-1959 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1957, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1959, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1960, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1964, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1965, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Nr. 1 Hits 1945-1959 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: R&B Gems Compilation Various Artists 1
1992 Jukebox Hitparade Compilation Various Artists 1
1992 Jukebox Hits of 1957, Volume 3 Compilation Various Artists 1
1992 Jukebox Hits of 1960, Volume 3 Compilation Various Artists 1

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