"Sam Cooke was the most important soul singer in history, its primary inventor, and its most popular and beloved performer in both the Black and white communities. Equally important, he was among the first Black performers and composers to attend to the business side of the music business."
Bruce Eder, Music Journalist and Critic
Sam Cooke started his own record label in 1961, SAR Records, and later a publishing imprint and management firm named Kags.
The Queen of Soul.
The High Priestess of Soul.
The King of Soul and Stax Records' greatest icon.
Soul music's unassuming everyman.
Revered contributor to gospel, soul, and funk music.
The Reverend Al
One of the greatest composers and performers of soul ever.
Writer, producer, performer and self-titled "Black Moses."
The term covers subgenres like hard bop and free jazz.
Black music finely crafted and packaged for the masses.
Combines rhythm & blues and gospel music styles.
Soul gets high.
Rock loses the roll but gains amplitude and attitude.