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(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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