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The Early Years. Sam Cooke, Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

May 1st, 2012

Birth Name:
Samuel Cook

Sam Cooke


Years Active:
'50s, '60s


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Sam Cooke


Sam Cooke was the most important soul singer in history — he was also the inventor of soul music, and its most popular and beloved performer in both the black and white communities. Equally important, he was among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of the music business, and founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. Yet, those business interests didn't prevent him from being engaged in topical issues, including the struggle over civil rights, the pitch and intensity of which followed an arc that paralleled Cooke's emergence as a star — his own career bridged gaps between black and white audiences that few had tried to surmount, much less succeeded at doing, and also between generations; where Chuck Berry or Little Richard brought black and white teenagers together, James Brown sold records to white teenagers and black listeners of all ages, and Muddy Waters got young white folkies and older black transplants from the South onto the same page, Cooke appealed to all of the above, and the parents of those white teenagers as well — yet he never lost his credibility with his core black audience. In a sense, his appeal anticipated that of the Beatles, in breadth and depth.

Top Albums

The Early Years. Sam Cooke, Sam Cooke
1. The Early Ye..
30 Greatest Hits - Sam Cooke Portrait of a Legend (1951-1964) [Remastered], Sam Cooke
2. 30 Greatest ..
Greatest Hits, Sam Cooke
3. Greatest Hit..
One Night Stand! - Live At the Harlem Square Club, 1963, Sam Cooke
4. One Night St..
Sam Cooke With the Soul Stirrers, Sam Cooke
5. Sam Cooke Wi..
Sam Cooke At the Copa, Sam Cooke
6. Sam Cooke At..
The Man Who Invented Soul, Sam Cooke
7. The Man Who ..
A Change Is Gonna Come - EP, Sam Cooke
8. A Change Is ..
Ain't That Good News (Remastered), Sam Cooke
9. Ain't That G..
Keep Movin' On, Sam Cooke
10. Keep Movin' ..
Specialty Profiles: Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers, Sam Cooke
11. Specialty Pr..
The Rhythm and the Blues, Sam Cooke
12. The Rhythm a..
The SAR Records Story, Sam Cooke
13. The SAR Reco..
The 2 Sides of Sam Cooke, Sam Cooke
14. The 2 Sides ..
Hits of the 50's, Sam Cooke
15. Hits of the ..
Swing Low, Sam Cooke
16. Swing Low
My Kind of Blues, Sam Cooke
17. My Kind of B..
Twistin' the Night Away, Sam Cooke
18. Twistin' the..
Mr. Soul, Sam Cooke
19. Mr. Soul
Cooke's Tour, Sam Cooke
20. Cooke's Tour

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
Change Is Gonna Come 30 Greatest Hits – Sam Cook.. 3:11 $1.29
Bring It On Home to Me Greatest Hits 2:43 $1.29
Wonderful World Greatest Hits 2:05 $1.29
You Send Me Greatest Hits 2:42 $1.29
Cupid Greatest Hits 2:35 $1.29
Twistin' the Night Away Greatest Hits 2:41 $0.99
Another Saturday Night 30 Greatest Hits – Sam Cook.. 2:40 $0.99
Having a Party Greatest Hits 2:35 $0.99
Chain Gang Greatest Hits 2:40 $0.99
Change Is Gonna Come Ain't That Good News (R.. 3:11 $1.29
Nothing Can Change This Love Greatest Hits 2:37 $0.99
(What A) Wonderful World Man Who Invented Soul 2:05 $1.29
You Send Me Man Who Invented Soul 2:42 $1.29
Good Times 30 Greatest Hits – Sam Cook.. 2:26 $1.29
Only Sixteen Greatest Hits 2:14 $0.99
Change Is Gonna Come Change Is Gonna Come – EP 3:11 $1.29
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons Greatest Hits 2:38 $0.99
That's Where It's At 30 Greatest Hits – Sam Cook.. 2:35 $1.29
Shake 30 Greatest Hits – Sam Cook.. 2:50 $1.29
You Send Me Early Years. Sam Cooke 2:44 $0.99
Chain Gang Man Who Invented Soul 2:39 $0.99
Summertime Pt. 1 Man Who Invented Soul 2:21 $0.99
Frankie and Johnny Greatest Hits 2:44 $0.99
That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin.. Greatest Hits 2:37 $0.99
Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha Greatest Hits 2:41 $0.99

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