Today in History: Samuel Cooke Dies

Samuel Cooke

On this day in1964, Samuel Cooke who was an American gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur died.

Cooke was fatally shot by the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 33.

At the time, the courts ruled that Cooke was drunk and distressed, and that the manager had killed Cooke in what was later ruled a justifiable homicide.

Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been widely questioned.

His contribution in pioneering soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.

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