Monday, January 24, 2011


Sam Cooke would have turned eighty this weekend if he hadn't been murdered back in 1964 at the age of thirty three.

Cooke had one of the greatest, most distinctive voices ever recorded and he became known as the King of Soul. He first gained attention in the Soul Stirrers, a gospel group, and then he crossed over to pop and had huge hits like "You Send Me," "Cupid," "Chain Gang," and "Bring it on Home to Me." After his murder at the Hacienda Motel, songs that had been on the shelf were finally released, including "A Change is Gonna Come," a soulful protest song that is regarded as his greatest composition. To hear this classic, click on a play button at the upper right of this blog page.

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