Artist Countdown: Sam Cooke Top 40 Hits 1p ET @RadioMax

Sam CookeSam Cooke (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), born Samuel Cook, was an African-American recording artist, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur. He is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocal abilities and influence on the modern world of music. His pioneering contributions to soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Billy Preston and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.

Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, and a further three after his death. Major hits like “You Send Me”, “A Change Is Gonna Come”, “Cupid”, “Chain Gang”, “Wonderful World”, and “Twistin’ the Night Away” are some of his most popular songs. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

On December 11, 1964, 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.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Chain Gang
2 Twistin’ the Night Away
3 You Send Me
4 Another Saturday Night
5 Wonderful World
6 Cupid
7 Frankie and Johnny
8 Only Sixteen
9 Shake
10 Nothing Can Change This Love
11 Bring It On Home to Me
12 Send Me Some Lovin’
13 I’ll Come Running Back to You
14 Having a Party
15 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
16 Win Your Love for Me
17 Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha
18 Lonely Island
19 Love You Most of All
20 A Change Is Gonna Come
21 You Were Made for Me
22 Sugar Dumpling
23 Sad Mood
24 That’s It, I Quit, I’m Moving On
25 It’s Got the Whole World Shakin’
26 Desire Me
27 Cousin of Mine
28 Teenage Sonata
29 Somebody Have Mercy
30 There, I’ve Said It Again
31 (Ain’t That) Good News
32 Good Times
33 Tennessee Waltz
34 When a Boy Falls in Love
35 Feel It
36 Forever
37 Baby, Baby, Baby
38 Summertime
39 It’s All Right
40 That’s Where It’s At