SAM COOKE: A singer of sheer quality

Sam Cooke

Originally published 2014

Martin Chilton writes:

It is 50 years since Sam Cooke died in squalid circumstances, shot at 33 in a cheap motel in Los Angeles after rowing with the owner over a prostitute he claimed had robbed him. "Lady, you shot me," were his last words.

Can you separate the man from the music? Perhaps you simply have to, because Cooke was a flawed and unpleasant man who was also one of the greatest singers of the 20th century.

He sold more than 10 million records, among them memorable pop songs such as You Send Me, Another Saturday Night, Wonderful World, Chain Gang, Cupid, Twistin' the Night Away, all sung in his seductive, dulcet style.

My own favourite is .....

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