|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
Cooke's first release for the Keen label was
"You Send Me" which sold two million copies. Other
hits followed including
"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.