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Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke, (1931 – 1964) 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. 210px-cooke_in_studio
Cooke 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. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the American Civil Rights Movement.

This is a video of “What a wonderful world it would be”


Cooke died at the age of 33 on December 11, 1964 at the Hacienda Motel  in Los Angeles, California. Bertha Franklin, manager of the motel, told police that she shot and killed Cooke in self-defense because he had threatened her, although the details of the case involving Cooke’s death are still in dispute.

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There are numerous and undoubted examples of Cooke’s legacy and cultural impact:
The song “A Change Is Gonna Come” was played upon the death of Malcolm X, and was memorably featured in Spike Lee’s film Malcolm X. Barack Obama’s presidential victory speech paraphrased the song: “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.”
Many and great  have been the artists that have covered Cooke’s songs. In 2007 the Bristish soul singer Amy Winehouse covered his song “Cupid” for the Deluxe Edition of her award-sinning album Back to Black.

(adapted from the Wipipedia)

The more I listen to this song, the more I like it. This is my personal ” tribute” to Valentine.

Now a little work, why don’t you try filling in the gaps?  The full version is underneath.

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February 11, 2009 - Posted by | Listening, MUSIC, VIDEOS

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