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Sam Cooke

United States · Person · 1931–1964
Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964),<ref name=britannica /> known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.

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, and 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". Read more »

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Watch Amy Helm's Stirring Sam Cooke Cover 'Good News'

During the making of her rootsy solo debut LP, Didn't It Rain — out now — Amy Helm faced the 2012 death of her father, the Band's legendary drummer Levon Helm. She was also enduring the end of her marriage, while welcoming the birth of her second...

The-Dream Releases Sam Cooke Covers Album IAMSAM

Photo via The-Dream's Facebook The-Dream has shared IAMSAM, an album of Sam Cooke covers. Listen to it below. On Instagram, he said the album was recorded in 2010 durimg the sessions for Beyoncé's 4. He also said the album is a tribute to his...

Discography

Try a Little Love
1965 Official Album
Shake
1965 Official Album
Ain’t That Good News
1964 Official Album
Mr. Soul
1963 Official Album
Night Beat
1963 Official Album
3 Great Guys
1963 Official Album
Twistin’ the Night Away
1962 Official Album
My Kind of Blues
1961 Official Album