Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

The most transcendent artist to come out of the soul genre.

Founded

January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi

Full Name

Date of Birth

January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi

Still Alive

Date of Death

December 11, 1964 in Los Angeles, California

Sam Cooke in the recording studio.
Sam Cooke in the recording studio.

About The artist

"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

Did you know...

Sam Cooke started his own record label in 1961, SAR Records, and later a publishing imprint and management firm named Kags.

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