Sam Cooke

1931 - 1964

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Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Considered to be a pioneer and one of the most influential soul artists of all time, Cooke is commonly referred to as the "King of Soul" for his distinctive vocals, notable contributions to the genre and high significance in popular music.Cooke was born in Mississippi and later relocated to Chicago with his family at a young age, where he began singing as a child and joined the Soul Stirrers as lead singer in the 1950s. Going solo in 1957, Cooke released a string of hit songs, including "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Cupid", "Wonderful World", "Chain Gang", "Twistin' the Night Away", "Bring It On Home to Me", and "Good Times". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sam Cooke has received more than 9,339,824 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Sam Cooke is the 194th most popular singer (up from 230th in 2019), the 1,223rd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,439th in 2019) and the 62nd most popular American Singer.

Sam Cooke is most famous for being the first African American singer to sign a contract with a major record label, and for his song "A Change Is Gonna Come."

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Among singers, Sam Cooke ranks 194 out of 3,541Before him are Ken Shimura, Etta James, Chris Norman, Mercédès Jellinek, Kyu Sakamoto, and Britney Spears. After him are Petula Clark, Dr. Dre, Joan Sutherland, Trini Lopez, İbrahim Tatlıses, and Sofia Rotaru.

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Among people born in 1931, Sam Cooke ranks 63Before him are Clive Cussler, Anthony de Mello, David Lee, Martinus J. G. Veltman, Stanislav Grof, and Charles Taylor. After him are Nawal El Saadawi, Jack Swigert, Ike Turner, Hiroto Muraoka, Takashi Takabayashi, and Richard F. Heck. Among people deceased in 1964, Sam Cooke ranks 31Before him are Cole Porter, Prince Pierre, Duke of Valentinois, Paulino Alcántara, Alexandre Koyré, Plaek Phibunsongkhram, and Emilio Aguinaldo. After him are Sigfrid Edström, Douglas McGregor, Princess Auguste of Bavaria, Maurice Thorez, J. B. S. Haldane, and Heinrich Neuhaus.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Sam Cooke ranks 1,223 out of 15,968Before him are Britney Spears (1981), Mary Todd Lincoln (1818), Cesar Romero (1907), Alyson Hannigan (1974), Condoleezza Rice (1954), and Virginia Apgar (1909). After him are Ken Kesey (1935), Ken Thompson (1943), Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. (1941), Larry Flynt (1942), Barry Nelson (1917), and Vera Miles (1929).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Sam Cooke ranks 62Before him are Laura Branigan (1952), Bill Withers (1938), Tori Amos (1963), Mario Lanza (1921), Etta James (1938), and Britney Spears (1981). After him are Dr. Dre (1965), Trini Lopez (1937), Courtney Love (1964), Dionne Warwick (1940), Neil Diamond (1941), and George Benson (1943).