Sam Cooke

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Sam Cooke

American gospel, R add

Category: Music

Born in 1931.

Countries: United States (69%), Turkey (8%), (8%)

Main connections: Bobby Womack, Panama Francis, Robert Blackwell

Linked to: The Soul Stirrers, Little, Brown and Company, Associated Press, NPR

 

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Sam Cooke was born in 1931 add something


1933

The family moved to Chicago in 1933 add something


1950

In 1950, Cooke replaced gospel tenor R.H. Harris as lead singer of the gospel group The Soul Stirrers add something

 

Sirone (musician) - Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Sirone worked in Atlanta late in the 1950s and early in the 1960s with "The Group" alongside George Adams; he recorded with R&B musicians such as Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson


1955

Robert Blackwell - He worked with Sam Cooke, Larry_Williams, Lloyd Price and Guitar Slim, as well as producing Little Richard's rise to stardom in 1955


1957

Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, and a further three after his death add something

 

In 1957, Cooke appeared on ABC's "The Guy Mitchell Show" add something


1959

Rhythm and blues - In 1959, two black-owned record labels, one of which would become hugely successful, made their debut: Sam Cooke's Sar, and Berry Gordy's Motown Records


1960

Jimmy Jones (singer) - According to Allmusic journalist Steve Huey, "best known for his 1960 R&B smash, 'Handy Man,' Jones sang in a smooth yet soulful falsetto modeled on the likes of Clyde McPhatter and Sam Cooke

 

Bobby Womack - An active recording artist since the early 1960s where he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos and as Sam Cooke's backing guitarist, Womack's career has spanned more than 50 years and has spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country

 

Sonny Bono - Bono began his music career working at Specialty Records where his song "Things You Do to Me" was recorded by Sam Cooke, and went on to work for the record producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s as a promotion man, percussionist and "gofer"


1961

In 1961, Cooke started his own record label, SAR Records, with J.W. Alexander and his manager, Roy Crain add something


1963

In 1963, Cooke's 18 month old son, Vincent, wandered away from his mother's supervision and drowned in their front yard pool while Sam was away from the home add something

 

In spite of releasing mostly singles, he released a well received blues-inflected LP in 1963, "Night Beat", and his most critically acclaimed studio album "Ain't That Good News", which featured five singles, in 1964 add something

 

Billy Preston - In 1963, he played the organ on Sam Cooke's "Night Beat" album and released his debut album, "16 Yr Old Soul", that same year for Cooke's SAR Records label

 

Allen Klein - Klein became the business manager of Sam Cooke, and in 1963 Klein started to take control of all aspects of Cooke's career and demanded an independent record company


1964

'While they were all extremely interesting, and while every one of them reflected a basic truth about prejudice in America in 1964 and the truth of the prejudice that has continued into the present day, none of them came accompanied by any evidence beyond that metaphorical truth add something


Sam Cooke died in 1964 add something

 

On December 11, 1964, Cooke was fatally shot by the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles , California, at the age of 33 add something


1965

"Ebony" magazine published a photo of Cooke in his casket in its February 1965 issue; the injuries to his hands can be seen in the photo add something

 

Mary Love - After being discovered by Sam Cooke's manager, J.W. Alexander, she began singing on sessions in Los Angeles before recording You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet for the Modern record label in 1965

 

Dennis Brown - He began his singing career at the age of nine, while still at junior school, with an end-of-term concert the first time he performed in public, although he had been keen on music from an even earlier age, and as a youngster was a keen fan of American balladeers such as Brook Benton, Sam Cooke, Frank_Sinatra, and Dean Martin.

 

Bobby Womack - In March 1965, just three months after Sam Cooke's death, Womack created scandal by marrying Cooke's widow, Barbara Campbell

 

Rod Stewart - His parallel solo career attempts continued on EMI's Columbia label with the November 1965 release of "The Day Will Come", a more heavily arranged pop attempt, and the April 1966 release of his take on Sam Cooke's "Shake", with the Brian Auger Trinity


1973

Bobby Womack - In 1973, Womack released another hit album, "Facts of Life", and had a top 40 hit with "Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out", an older song Sam Cooke had done years before


1979

In 1979, Boyer was found guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend add something


1990

Sammy Lowe - From the late '50's until his semi-retirement in 1990, he arranged music for Nina Simone , Al Hirt, Benny Goodman, Connie Francis, Sam Cooke, The Softones, The Tokens, The Platters, Brook Benton, Sylvia, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Cameo, Little Peggy March, Della Reese, Panama Francis and Pat Thomas among others


2001

Al Green - In 2001, Green's live cover of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" was released on the soundtrack to Will Smith's film "Ali"


2009

Jon Bon Jovi - On Sunday, January 18, 2009 Bon Jovi performed a duet at the Obama Inauguration Concert of the Sam Cooke classic "A Change is Gonna Come" with Bettye LaVette