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Sam Cooke
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Background information
Birth name Samuel Cook
Also known as Dale Cooke
Born (1931-01-22)January 22, 1931
Clarksdale, Mississippi
Died December 11, 1964(1964-12-11) (aged 33)
Los Angeles, California
Genres R&B, soul, gospel, pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 1950–1964
Labels Specialty, Keen, RCA
Associated acts The Soul Stirrers
Bobby Womack
Johnnie Taylor

Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931–December 11, 1964) was an American soul singer and songwriter. He was born Sam Cook but later changed the spelling of his name. He was very important in the beginning of soul music. He had many hit songs in America. Some of his most famous songs were "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World", and "Bring It on Home to Me".

Cooke started his own record label and publishing company. He was an important part of the Civil Rights Movement, helping African-American people to get civil rights.

Cooke died in 1964.

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