Sam Cooke was one of the best male singers of the early 1960s. His life ended abruptly on this day in 1964:
"Born in 1931 to a Baptist minister and his wife, Cooke's early musical development took place in the church.
Like other early figures in what would eventually be called "soul" music, Cooke began his professional career singing gospel.
A member of the legendary Soul Stirrers since the age of 19, Cooke was given permission by his record label to begin recording secular music in 1956.
Sam Cooke was a great singer.
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