Born in Chicago in 1931, Sam Cooke became the greatest voice in Gospel music and then Soul music in which he had helped to shape in the early 1950’s along with Ray Charles.
None could hold a note quite like Sam, and he could write too.
His enduring classic – ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ in 1964, changed the mood of the genre and paved the way forward for the consciousness side of many a Soul singer never before seen.
He also inspired thousands of other singers, male and female across many genres, both during his era, and since his sad and untimely passing in late 1964.
What a voice, so smooth, so pure and so crisp – nothing quite like it.
Chris Emanuel Bailey