Sam Cooke (1931-1964) Cooke is considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music and is commonly known as the King of Soul. Cooke had 30 U.S. Top 40 Hits between 1957 and 1964, and a further three after his death. Major hits like "You Send Me", "Cupid", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World", and "Twistin' the Night Away" are some of his most popular songs.
Sam Cooke In the Fifites and Sixties, Sam Cooke helped invent soul music by merging gospel sounds with secular themes. Cooke's pure, elegant crooning was widely imitated, and both his voice and his suave, sophisticated image influenced generations of soul men.
SAMUEL COOKE (Singer / Songwriter) BIRTH: January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.A. DEATH: December 11, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. CAUSE OF DEATH: Gunshot Wound CLAIM TO FAME: You Send Me