Sam Cooke was an American singer, songwriter and enterpreneur. He is considered to be one of the most influencial soul artists of all time. He is currently one of the four figures that appear in the new film “One Night in Miami” which explores his friendship with Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Jim Browm. Let’s find out some trivia and facts about his life and carerr. His full name was Samuel Cook He was born on January 22, 1931 He died on December 11, 1964 He was known professionally as Sam Cooke Cooke was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur He is considered to be a pioneer and one of the most influential soul artists of all time Cooke is commonly referred to as the King of Soul This title was attributed to him because of his distinctive vocals, notable contributions to the genre and high significance in popular music Cooke was born in Mississippi He later relocated to Chicago with his family at a young age There he began singing as a child He joined the Soul Stirrers as lead singer in the 1950s Going solo in 1957, Cooke released a string of hit songs His hit songs include “You Send Me”, “A Change Is Gonna Come”, “Cupid”, “Wonderful World”, “Chain Gang”, “Twistin’ the Night Away”, “Bring It On Home to Me”, and “Good Times” During his eight year career, Cooke released 29 singles that charted in the Top 40 of the Billboard Pop Singles chart As well as 20 singles in the Top Ten of Billboard’s Black Singles chart In 1964, Cooke was shot and killed by the manager of a motel in Los Angeles After an inquest and investigation, the courts ruled Cooke’s death to be a justifiable homicide His family has since questioned the circumstances of his death Cooke’s pioneering contributions to soul music contributed to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Billy Preston, and popularized the work of Otis Redding and James Brown AllMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was “the inventor of soul music”, and possessed “an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed” Cooke was also a central part of the civil rights movement Using his influence and popularity with the white and Black population to fight for the cause He was good friends with boxer Muhammad Ali, activist Malcolm X and football player Jim Brown Together, they campaigned for racial equality This friendship was explored in the play/film: “One Night in Miami” He added the “e” to his last name in 1957 to signify a new start to his life He was the fifth of eight children of the Rev.