Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Sam Cooke died on December 11th, 1964. How did he die?||Sam Cooke
shot by a hotel manageress. It was Marvin Gaye who was shot by his own father. The details surrounding Sam Cooke's early death, at the age of only 33, are sketchy, and much debated. Try a quick search on the internet, and find all the different conspiracy theories.
However, it is known that he was shot and killed by the manageress of a cheap motel, that his last words were "Lady, you shot me!" and that she was found guilty of justifiable homicide.
|What is Sam's complaint in his hit "Another Saturday Night"?||Sam Cooke
I ain't got nobody. "I got some money 'cause I just got paid, now how I wish I had some chick to talk to..." This was another of Sam's self-penned songs, and was a hit in 1963. It is full of humour. "Another fella told me, he had a sister who looked just fine. Insead of being my deliv'rance, she had a strange resemblance, to a chap named Frankenstein."
|Sam launched his pop career with record label Keen. His first hit was released in 1957. What was it called?||Sam Cooke
You Send Me. The other songs were all hits for Sam Cooke too, but "You Send Me" was his first. Within two years Sam moved to a new record label, RCA.
|Sam's first professional singing job was with a vocal quartet called The Teenage Highway QCs. They toured the midwest and the southern states. But Sam's big break came when he was asked to replace the lead singer of which well-established gospel group?||Sam Cooke
The Soul Stirrers. Sam Cooke recorded several albums on the Speciality label with The Soul Stirrers, and began to make a name for himself as a talented singer, who could sound both spiritual and extremely sexy.
|Sam Cooke sang with his sisters in a group called The Singing Children?||Sam Cooke
t. Sam was nine at this point, and together with two of his sisters they formed a gospel trio.
|To which big city did the Cooke family move in 1933?||Sam Cooke
Chicago. Sam's father, Charles, was a church minister in the Bronzeville district of the city, and it was here that Sam began singing gospel songs, at an early age.
Mississippi. He was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, on January 22nd 1931. He was one of five brothers and three sisters.
Samuel Cook. He added the extra 'e' out of superstition. He wanted a stage name that had an even number of letters. He did record a single under the name Dale Cooke early in his career.
The Supremes. The Supremes released "We Remember Sam Cooke" in April of 1965, barely four months after the death of Cooke. The album peaked at number 75 on the album charts.
Shooting. Sam Cooke was shot to death in a hotel during a confrotation with the hotel manager. The shooting was determined to be justifiable, triggering a huge controversy to the real nature of the homicide. When Cooke was buried in Glendale, CA, 200,000 fans flocked the funeral to pay their respects to the great man.
Shake. Cooke listened to the Bob Dylan classic "Blowin' in the Wind" and wrote "A Change is Gonna Come". This song is considered not only one of Cooke's best songs, but one of the best songs to come out of the American civil rights movement. The song was indicative of the movement that Cooke was moving in at the time of his death.
Lou Rawls. Lou Rawls was a schoolmate of Cooke's. They were in a group called the Teenage Kings of Harmony and then Rawls later replaced Cooke in The Highway Q.C.'s. In 1958, Cooke and Rawls were on tour together when the car they were riding in crashed. Cooke was unharmed, but Rawls was actually pronounced dead on arrival. Rawls spent over five days in a coma as a result of the crash.
SAR Records. SAR Records released albums by the Soul Stirrers, Bobby Womack and Billy Preston. SAR Records was formed in 1961 and the initial release was by the Soul Stirrers. Cooke also formed the publishing company called Kags Music.
RCA. Cooke nearly signed with Atlantic Records, but they wanted publishing rights to his songs. Cooke knew the business side of the industry and realized he needed a deal that would give him rights to his own publishing. RCA offered him the deal he wanted and the rest is history.
You Send Me. "You Send Me" was released on the tiny Keen Records in 1957 and quickly rose to the top of the pop and R&B charts. The song knocked the Elvis Presley hit "Jailhouse Rock" from its top spot.
The Soul Stirrers. The Soul Stirrers were a gospel group from Texas who featured R.H. Harris on lead vocals. Sam Cooke replaced Harris in 1950. The Soul Stirrers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 in the Early Influence category.
Mississippi. Sam Cooke was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, MS. His birth name was Samuel Cook. Cooke moves to Chicago as a youngster where he gets involved with music in the church where his father was the reverend.
"Lady, you shot me". This according to the woman who pulled the trigger.
|Many of Sam's songs have been used in movies. Which one one was used prominently in the film 'Cadence' starring Charlie Sheen ?||Soul Man, Sam Cooke
Chain Gang. It takes place in a military prison. When you march in the Army someone usually calls 'cadence' (a sing-along to help keep time). In this case the cadence was 'Chain Gang'.
Lou Rawls. This was before Lou had any hits of his own. He would go on to have quite a career himself.
3 months. She married Bobby Womack. It caused quite a controversy at the time. It almost cost the gentleman his career.
December 11th, 1964. In Los Angeles, California. His birthday was January 22nd.
'Loveable'. His first non-gospel release was 'Loveable', recorded under the name Dale Cooke. This was done partially to attempt not to alienate his huge gospel following, but, no one was fooled.
R.H. Harris. James Cleveland once sang with The Caravans; Wilson Pickett sang with the Violinaires. Solomon was a child prodigy. Both Solomon Burke and Wilson Pickett had several soul hits in the 60s.
Muhammed Ali (Cassius Clay). Sam and Cassius recorded a song called "Hey, Hey, the Gang's All Here" in March of 1964. They may have recorded more songs together had Sam's life not ended so soon.
Los Angeles, CA. Sam was in Los Angeles, CA working on some material the fateful evening of December 11, 1964. To this day, there are plenty of rumors going around as to the real reason behind Sam's murder. It is officially listed as a justifiable homicide.
SAR Records. Sam is often linked to Motown incorrectly through misinformation of the internet. Many music downloading sites have Sam as having recorded many great songs that came after his death.
Vincent. Sam didn't spend time in the studio in 1963 after the tragic death of his son. At this time in Sam's career he was beginning to produce music for other young talent such as the Simms Twins and Bobby Womack.
Barbara. Aretha Franklin's father once almost caught them together in her room. Aretha claims that she would have married Sam one day, had they not been scared away from one another.
R.H. Harris. SR Crain hand picked Sam to replace RH Harris in 1951. Johnnie Taylor would later replace Sam in the group.
1951. This was the beginning of Sam's wonderful, yet brief gospel career. Sam was strongly urged to continue his career as a gospel singer. However, in 1956 he went secular with the release of "Loveable" under the name Dale Cook. This, of course, fooled no one as his voice was one of the most recognizable on the radio.