Cooke, Sam(uel)

Cooke, Sam(uel)

biographical name

(born Jan. 22, 1931, Clarksdale, Miss., U.S.—died Dec. 11, 1964, Los Angeles, Calif.) U.S. singer and songwriter. The son of a Baptist minister, Cooke started his career singing gospel music. Switching to rhythm and blues and soul music, he had a series of hits, including “You Send Me,” “Wonderful World,” “Cupid,” “Twistin' the Night Away,” and “Bring It on Home to Me.” Cooke was shot to death in a Los Angeles motel room.

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