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(born Jan. 22, 1931, Clarksdale, Miss., U.S.—died Dec. 11, 1964, Los Angeles, Calif.) American singer, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. Cooke is a major figure in the history of popular music and, along with Ray Charles, one of the most influential black vocalists of the post-World War II period. If Charles represents raw soul, Cooke symbolizes sweet soul. To his many celebrated disciples—Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, and Michael Jackson among them—he is viewed as an icon of unrivaled stature.

Cooke's career came in two phases. As a member of the groundbreaking Soul Stirrers, a premier gospel group of the 1950s, he electrified the African-American church community nationwide with a light, lilting vocal style that soared rather than thundered. “Nearer to Thee” (1955), “Touch the Hem of His Garment” (1956), and “Jesus, Wash Away My Troubles” (1956) were major gospel hits and, in the words of Aretha Franklin, “perfectly chiseled jewels.”Cooke's decision to turn his attention to pop music in 1957 had tremendous implications in the black musical community. There long had been a taboo against such a move, but Cooke broke the mold. He reinvented himself as a romantic crooner in the manner of Nat King Cole. His strength was in his smoothness. He wrote many of his best songs himself, including his first hit, the ethereal “You Send Me,” which shot to number one on all charts in 1957 and ...

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Genre: R & B, Soul
Country: USA
Birth Date: January 22, 1931
Birth Place: Clarksdale, Mississippi

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