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.

This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise.
For the full entry on Cooke, Sam(uel), visit Britannica.com.

Seen & Heard

What made you look up Cooke, Sam(uel)? Please tell us what you were reading, watching or discussing that led you here.

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More