by Marlon West (FB: marlon.west1 Twitter: @marlonw IG: stlmarlonwest Spotify: marlonwest)
Last week marked the 90th anniversary of the birth of Sam Cooke, one of the most famous gospel and pop singers in American music history.
Along with Ray Charles, he was one of the earliest artists to span both musical genres. By the end of his short life, he heralded the advent of Soul.
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Cooke’s magical voice animated a long string of hits that came to a sudden end, when he was shot and killed in a motel manager’s office in 1964. The brotha was 33.
As the lead singer of the gospel group, The Soul Stirrers, and a solo artist he was a writer and singer of great impact. Today folks still speculate about his violent and senseless death.
Certainly director Regina King and writer Kemp Power’s One Night in Miami will introduce a new generation to Cooke though the beautiful performance of Leslie Odom Jr. Please enjoy this collection of Sam Cooke’s finest offerings.
As always, stay sane, safe, and kind.
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