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Sam Cooke-Gone Way Too Soon

Updated on April 21, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

They call him “The King of Soul” because he has a way of reaching into the depths of your very soul, seizing it and possessing it in a way that words cannot express when he sings.

For those who don’t know, “Soul” here refers to Soul music which “is a popular music genre that originated in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s and which combines elements of African American gospel music, rhythm and blues, and often jazz”.

Sam Cooke departed this world on December 11, 1964 at the age of 33 years. He was fatally shot in a motel in Los Angeles but since this is a tribute to Sam Cooke, I will leave that right there and focus on the gift that he was to the world. He truly fulfilled his destiny with each soulful song he sang. He put all of himself into his music, touched millions of people and sang a range of music styles; gospel, negro spirituals, love ballads, rhythm & blues, jazz, dance, pop, rock & roll, etc.

About his music and singing Sam Cooke said, “It was something I enjoyed doing and decided to give it a couple years, though I'm not making a lot of money now either!”. So it was not all glamour and wealth as has been the experience of many popular singers today who don’t even have half the talent that he had.

I must confess.I had a really hard time choosing which Sam Cooke songs to include for your listening pleasure here because I love them all! My all-time favourite Sam Cooke song is “A Change is Gonna Come” (I have included it among the videos in this lens/article for your listening enjoyment). I get goose bumps each and every time I hear him sing it.

May you be blessed by Sam Cooke’s soulful voice and music!

Let SAM COOKE soothe your soul!

The 'King of Soul' singing with 'The Soul Stirrers'!

How much better can it get!

THIS is my all-time favourite Sam Cooke song!

May God grant eternal rest to all those chain gang workers. Amen!

Just like this song, I don't want this to be the last Sam Cooke song you hear. So make sure to get your own copy of this Legend!

Take your pick of albums but, like me, I don't know if you'll have enough of Sam Cooke!

The Rhythm And The Blues
The Rhythm And The Blues

One of Sam Cooke's many singing styles.

Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers
Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers

Whether singing by himself or in a group, Sam Cooke is phenomenal!!! He blends PERFECTLY with The Soul Stirrers

Sam Cooke - Greatest Hits
Sam Cooke - Greatest Hits

Can you really capture a legend in 1 CD?

Sam cooke
Sam cooke

Which of the Sam Cooke video songs in this lens is your favourite?

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Have you heard about Sam Cooke before today? What is your favourite Sam Cooke song? Tell us all the good things you want to say in tribute to Sam Cooke!

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    • Mary Crowther profile image

      Mary Crowther 

      4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      One of the "greats"! I never realized he left us so soon.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Nancy Hardin: Then I'll have to say you know good music, nancycarol! Do I also detect the 'party animal' in you back in those days, based on your song choice??? LOL!!! Thanks for visiting and sharing. Have a blessed week.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Brite-Ideas: Thanks for your usual visits, Brite-Ideas. Have a blessed week.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Sam Cooke was one of my favorites back in the day. I loved all his music, but a couple of my favorites were "You Send Me," and "Another Saturday Night." Everyone in my crowd were all saddened by his untimely death. He was a young, handsome man with so much talent, we were just stunned to think he was gone.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      amazing talent, certainly gone much too soon

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Merrci: His voice is extra-ordinarily wonderful, Merrci! I've heard someone else sing his songs and it just was not the same. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I enjoy his voice and music too. I'd forgotten how young he was when he died. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @randomthings lm: Thanks for visiting randomthings.

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      randomthings lm 

      4 years ago

      Great person, wonderful info. Thanks!

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Susan Zutautas: That's what I'm talking about susan-zutautas! Thanks for visiting and confirming your good taste in music :)

    • Susan Zutautas profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes I've always enjoyed anything by Sam Cooke.


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