Check out these dope photos of the one & only Sam Cooke ( 1931-1964 ). All the pics were taken in the early sixties while he was at the height of his career.
♫ Sam Cooke – You Send Me
♫ Sam Cooke – A Change is Gonna Come
Known for his songs “You Send Me” and “A Change is Gonna Come”, this soulful singer was the first African American artist to reach #1 on both the R&B and the pop charts.
A lot of people don’t know this, but Sam was also one of the first black artists to own his own music publishing and record label, where he wrote songs for Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding. However, his groundbreaking career was cut short in 1964 when he was gunned down at a motel (more info) at the age of 32.
For more info on Sam Cooke, check out the great PBS documentary “Crossing Over” about his career and life. It was a good doc.
All throughout ‘Black History Month’, Concrete Loop will be posting throwback photos of legendary Icons in Black History. Keep checking back for new ones.