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Sam Cooke

Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964
Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964
Sam Cooke was born on January 22, 1931, in Clarksdale, Mississippi. As a teenager, Cooke was a member of a gospel group, the Highway QCs. He later toured and recorded with the Soul Stirrers.

Cooke's first release for the Keen label was "You Send Me" which sold two million copies. Other hits followed including "Wonderful World", "Only Sixteen", "Bring It on Home to Me", "Twisting the Night Away", and "Another Saturday Night".

On December 11, 1964, Sam Cooke died. He was shot by the manager of Los Angeles's Hacienda Motel. The shooting was ruled a justifiable homicide.

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