December 11, 1964(1964-12-11) (aged 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
(January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known by his stage name Sam Cooke
, and on one recording as Dale Cook
, was an American recording artist, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur. Cooke is considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music and is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocal abilities and influence on the modern world of music. His pioneering contributions to soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al... more