Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964) was an American gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.
Sam Cooke is considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music.
Sam had 29 Top 40 hits in the U.S. between 1957 and 1965. Major hits like "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World", and "Bring It on Home to Me" are some of his most popular songs.
Sam was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career.
Sam Cooke founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer.
Sam Cooke also took an active part in the American Civil Rights Movement.
This Sam Cooke Biography Page is Copyright © 2004 - 2009 Chuck Ayoub