You Send Me

You Send Me : The Life and Times of Sam Cooke

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When Sam Cooke was shot dead in a cheap motel in Hollywood, he was one of America's most successful pop stars. He left a world in which he had been born poor and had become very rich from the success of such records as "You Send Me" and "A Wonderful World", yet his body lay unrecognised in a morgue for two days. This biography follows Cooke's life in a racist America where his voice was one of the first to reach beyond the segregated audiences and command a white following, Cooke himself becoming a player in the fledgling civil rights movement. This award-winning biography is a full and sometimes shocking story of a man whose songbook is revered by great performers such as Otis Redding, Rod Stewart and Aretha more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 34mm | 480.81g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753540029
  • 9780753540022
  • 464,396

About Daniel Wolff

Sam Cooke was a hugely successful singer, songwriter and entrepreneur and is considered to be one of the founders of soul music. He is commonly known as the King of Soul for his unmatched vocal abilities and influence on the modern world of music. His contribution in pioneering soul music led to the rise of artists such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown. Cooke's major hits include "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", and "Bring It on Home to Me". On December 11, 1964, Cooke was shot dead by the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California at the age of 33. Though it was ruled a justifiable homicide at the time, the circumstances of his death have since been widely more

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"You Send Me is an excellent work - compelling" * Financial Times * "You won't buy a better biography all year" * NME *show more

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"You Send Me is an excellent work - compelling"show more

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The award-winning biography of the man who invented soul music. When Sam Cooke was shot dead in a cheap motel in Hollywood, he was one of America's most successful pop stars. Already one of the most prominent figures on the gospel scene, in 1957 Cooke burst onto the pop charts with the huge hit, You Send Me - making him the first black singer to reach beyond segregated audiences and command a white following. Decades after his death, Sam Cooke's thrilling, seductive tenor and effortless compositions still sound fresh and his songs have inspired a multitude of covers by performers, including Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart and Simon and Garfunkel. This is the definitive biography of the American musical legend that encompasses the ambitions and contradictions of the man, and the explosive times in which he lived and died. 'An excellent work - compelling' Financial Timesshow more

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