Who is Sam Cooke? Sam Cooke was a pioneering artist who helped shape the soul and pop scene with hits such as ‘You Send Me’, ‘Chain Gang’ and ‘Sad Mood’.
How old is Sam Cooke? Sam Cooke Age is 33 years old.
How much is Sam Cooke net worth? Sam Cooke Salary is Make Approximate $100,000 – $1 Million.
Also known as the father of soul music, singer Sam Cooke reached the top of the charts for the first time in 1957 with “You Send Me”. A series of pop and R & B hits soon followed, but he actually started out as a gospel artist. Born Samuel Cook in Clarksdale, Mississippi, he grew up in Chicago the son of a preacher.
Cooke started performing with his family as a child. In his teens, he formed a quintet called the Highway QCs. Not long after graduating from high school in 1948, he was given the chance of a lifetime: he was asked to join the Soul Stirrers, which gave him the opportunity to improve his craft.
After six years with the Soul Stirrers, Cooke began to branch out into secular music. He recorded his first single, “Lovable” from 1957 under the pseudonym “Dale Cooke”. Later that year, Cooke released his first number one hit, “You Send Me.” Music fans loved this ballad so much that Elvis ‘Jailhouse Rock’ fell off the top of the charts. It didn’t take long before he put his crystal clear, velvety voice to work on up-tempo tunes like “Only Sixteen” and “Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha”.
Besides being a talented singer and songwriter, Cooke had business smarts. He founded his own publishing house for his music in 1959 and negotiated an impressive contract with RCA in 1960. Not only did he make substantial progress, but Cooke would also become the owner of his master’s recordings after 30 years. This was a remarkable achievement for any artist at the time. He remained a pioneer behind the scenes and founded his own record label in the early 1960s, and in the early 1960s Cooke helped develop the careers of Bobby Womack and Billy Preston, among others.
More hits followed Cooke’s move to RCA, including the ‘Chain Gang’ from the 1960s. Behind the infectious rhythm of the song that mimics the sound of prisoners breaking stones, the song also served as a social commentary by Cooke. He continued to win fans with a variety of musical styles, from the 1960 ballad “Wonderful World” to the 1962 dance song “Twistin’ the Night Away.”” In 1963, Cooke once again paid tribute to his loneliness, ‘Another Saturday Night’.
Tragic death and legacy
No one knows for sure what exactly happened in the early hours of December 11, 1964. Cooke had been out the night before, reportedly drinking at a bar in Los Angeles, where he met a woman named Elisa Boyer. The pair hit it well and ended up in the Hacienda Motel. There, the couple had some sort of argument in their room, and Cooke ended up in the motel office. He allegedly clashed with the motel manager and the manager shot Cooke. Cooke died of his injury, which the manager said had been self-inflicted. It was later justified murder.
Thousands turned out to mourn the legendary singer. Ray Charles and Lou Rawls sang at his funeral in Los Angeles and another service was held in his former hometown of Chicago. The year after his death, Cooke’s record company released its song “A Change Is Gonna Come.”” He wrote this national anthem in response to Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” It was perhaps his most outspoken political song.
Regardless of the circumstances of his death, Cooke has left a huge musical legacy. All you have to do is listen to recordings of his live shows, like his 1963 performance at the Harlem Square Club in Miami, to acknowledge his contributions to soul music. And as a pop icon, Cooke has endured his songs. Otis Redding and Al Green are among the artists who have covered his work. He was inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 1986.