Featured Artist: Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1931. He was the son of Reverend Charles Cook Sr., a Baptist minister, and took to his gospel roots with a crooning voice. In the gospel world he recorded with the Soul Stirrers and would have already made a large impact with just that. But fate had bigger plans for Cooke. The iconic singer of songs like "You Send Me" and "Cupid" entered pop music and brought his musical influence with him. Some say he created soul. Some say he was the king of it. Whatever it is, Cooke, with his smooth and melancholic voice, laid the groundwork for countless others with hits that have been covered by many of music's greats. Awards, records, and milestones aside, the best thing one can do is simply learn and play his music.