Sam Cooke
* January 22, 1931 † December 11, 1964
United States
Solo Artist
Samuel Cook, known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music.

Sam Cooke is commonly known as The King of Soul for his unmatched vocal abilities and impact and influence on the modern world of music.

Sam Cooke's contribution in pioneering Soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and popularizing the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.

Sam Cooke was a true superstar in his lifetime. After his death, his legend became even larger. His influence can be heard in the precise phrasing of Smokey Robinson, in the conscientious songwriting of Marvin Gaye, in the raw emotion of Lou Rawls and in Aretha Franklin's controlled passion.

Sam Cooke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
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