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How did Sam Cooke really die and why did he die so young?

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Sam Cook helped to transform a generation.  He inspired millions of people black and white to never give up and to believe in their dreams.  Unlike the corporate-owned artists of today who don’t have a conscience, Cook sang about things he believed in and stood with other civil rights heroes like Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali.

His dedication to black people cost him dearly, but he continues to remain immortal among the legendary artists of his era and any other.

This documentary explores the story of Mr. Cook and why he meant so much to all of us.  A change is gonna come if we truly believe, and that’s what Mr. Cook taught us.

Here’s a bit more about this legendary man:

 

Samuel Cooke, was an American recording artist, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur.[4] 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.[5][6][7]

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.[8]

On December 11, 1964, Cooke was fatally shot by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 33. At the time, the courts ruled Cooke was drunk and distressed, and 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.
 

 

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  1. He used to come to my hometown and he would always be across the lot from us at the home of a Radio commentator. He was really cute.

  2. Margaret M. Parker, I agree, I have read more information on the circumstances of his murder through Google. But for future reference, the word is spelled 'voila'. I'm an English major, so I couldn't let that go.

  3. Most, if not all, men need lots of sex and variety is quite important. Take Tiger he had half a dozen side women and a great game of golf, now with just one, his golf game is sorely lacking. Sam got killed because he was venturing in a world that he did not understand. He did not understand the rules of engagement. When you get ripped off in that world, you take the hit and come back another day. It was his mistake anyway. The woman job is to make as much as she can for the least amount of flat-backing, just like an ordinary wife on another level. After all, you don't rape your wife when she says she has a headache. ~ jusCallmeStupid

  4. Mikki Roberts You are absolute correct on the work, Mikki. Had to laugh because I am always correcting people. That's what happens when you write in a hurry. I am still laughing at myself. Have a great day.

  5. People you should listen to Brother Umar Johnson regarding Brother Sam Cooke I believe he was kill for refusing Whites to get all his recording and he was for Black people and he want to support Dr King and Brother Malcolm to come together to have this Black organization program most of us do not know this because he was killed the same way Brother Michael Jackson and Brother Tupac and others were killed except Brother Prince thats your evidence but we should do more research I am not surprise why Bro Sam was killed

  6. I believe that this article must have been written by someone too young to remember the actual event and written for younger people to expose them to the information.

  7. I believe that this article must have been written by someone too young to remember the actual event and written for younger people to expose them to the information.

  8. Is there going to be a part 2 with some real info???

  9. My Big Brother Skypp says Bobby Womack had something to do with Sam Cooks murder. Mr. Womack very soon after Mr. Cook was killed he married Sam Cooks Wife.

  10. He did not discover Lou they grew up together. Lou was in the Pilgrim Travelers Sam in the Soul Stirrers. Lou is my co-producer on a project about Sam, with a folow up on Lou. Bertha Franklin did NOT shoot Sam Cooke. She was a paid off patsy, a madam. She did not own a .22 she owned a .38. Elisa Boyer was nort kidnapped, she was a hooker who was part of the set up, and she worked for LAPD.Read either his nephew Erik Green's book Our Uncle Sam, or mine, One More River to Cross: The Redemption of Sam Cooke, which has the entire coroner's inquest, autopsy and timelines. You are correct it was a conspiracy but it came from inside.The mob played a role as did LAPD. Sam's manager owned Sam's publishing weeks after his death. Not rocket science…

  11. This was just Bull sh@t!

  12. Sam's nephew wrote a book with more details then this,I CAN'T RECAL the name because I purchased it a couple yrs back for my mom.

  13. Where did you get this

  14. its typical of White supremacist in society always stealing from and controlling Black Artist's that's why I'm so glad when a Sam Cooke ,Curtis Mayfield or a James Brown come's along. he discovered him" Lou Rawls" by bringing him in to ROCK-N-ROLL via circular music is what I meant ,I am a where of both there GOSPEL root's which is not unique and also serve's as the base for REAL ROCK -N- ROLL AND R & B.

  15. both their

  16. Margaret R. Madison Jamison Its bullcrap Margaret. Boyer was not her real name. She worked for LAPD.This sounds like ABKCO's snow job to cover up truth. Nothing to see here…

  17. Deryck Chase IIF YOU MY BOOK OR ERIK'S BOOK YOU WOULD KNOW THAT THE LAPD STORY WAS A BULLSHIT COVER BECAUSE THEIR GUYS WHO MOONLIGHTED AS SECURITY FOR THE NIGHTCLUBS (MOBSTER-OWNED) WERE IN ON IT. DO THE RESEARCH–I DID. BOYER WAS NOT HER REAL NAME. WALTER WARD OF THE OLYMPICS WAS A PIMP AND KNEW THE LOCAL HOLLYWOOD WHORES AND HOOKERS. HE TRIED TO WARN SAM. SHE WAS PART OF THE SET UP. JW ALEXANDER WAS THE JUDAS. IN WAS AN INSIDE JOB. HOW DID ALLEN KLEIN END UP OWNNG SAM'S CATALOGUE? WHY DID CHARLES COOK'S NAME DISAPPEAR IN THE POBATE PAPERS FROM CO-WRITING CHAIN GANG? WHY DOES THE CORONERS REPORT IGNORE THE BRUISES AND BROKEN KNEECAPS/FINGERS APPARENT TO ALL ON SAM'S BODY? WHY DID THE ASST FIRE CHIEF CALL IT A COVER UP? READ ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS :THE REDEMPTION OF SAM COOKE (EBOOK) OR OUR UNCLE SAM AND YOU WILL LEARN THE TRUTH.

  18. LaRome Armstrong He did not bring him into anything. Lou was broke singing gospel as was Sam. Lou was making $10 a night even when Sam was a success. Sam gave Lou an opportunity to make money singing back up, and his most notable example of this was Bring It on Home to Me. Sam had plans for future collaborations, but Lou was on a different label by 1965 after Sam passed. However, Sam was such a brother to Lou that he was never the same after the murder, according to his wife and son.

  19. There is no evidence Bobby was a part of anything. He was doing Sam's wife, that is a fact stated by many musicians who knew and worked with them, as well as his cousin and his cousin's colleague ho often stopped by the house in Los Feliz only to find Bobby and BC there….alone….

  20. The desire to control our total exsistance was in full effect, then and now. You can look back into the development of our people during this time and there was total pressure from what read sang. Ate and where we lived,No one was allowed to excel emotionally or financially without supervision of some Zionist Jew or redneck from where ever.Your undertakings had to be done in secrecy. As it today it was then by the tenth power.Chicago was the mecca for entertainment and we loved and housed them.When evil befell one of them someone paid if you know what I mean.So for Sam Cooke beloved by the community to be killed over some chick was ridiculous and in that time and era,there also was a thing called retaliation, and it happened every time one our was killed.Things that you could not imagine happened and all of the people are their greatest source of info because you won't to your elders and are satisfied with the sanitized,revision of your captor's

  21. Margaret R. Madison Jamison i googled it. ..there were a few different articles that talked about it, but this one was more believable to me.. Whether it is the full truth or not, i can't make that claim, but this site def. didn't offer up anything worth reading…

  22. B.g. Rhule If Boyer wasn't her real name then what was it?? Do you know what really happened or are you part of the cover up and come to instill doubt?? If you have viable information then spit it out or shut it up…

  23. Deanne, Bg has done EXTENSIVE research on this, and between her and Erik Greene (author of "Our Uncle Sam") I would trust what they have unearthed above most of these other fly-by-night writers.

  24. Margaret R. Madison Jamison That's good… Maybe she should share her insight with this site.. It seems like you two know each other maybe, if so why the comment, why not just post what you know rather than question where i got my info, unless that was a segway into her Book.. I would of appreciated that more. Im a fan of Sam Cookes music, not his life…which until i read this non- article had no clue of. With everyone asking for a story, i searched for one… and posted a link below.

  25. I just spent 35 writing a reply and it disappeared. Sam was set up by JW Alexander and Klein. He was dragged out of his car and executed in Klein's limo with a 22 under the armpit. Two Italian songwriters that were friendly with Sam and knew the thugs hired by Klein–two armed limo guards-were close to a musician friend of ours who has known the underbelly of the dirty mob owned music business since he was a messenger boy for New Orleans God father Carlos Marcello at 14. He lived next door to Fats Domino.
    I interviewed family of the fire captain called yo the scene who told them the cops were pinning it in Franklin when he knew the two women were incapable of beating Sam head to toe like he was.
    Within weeks of Sam's death his wife liquidated his labels wuth Klein and he bought them from her through intermediary songwriters Hugo and Luigi. Coup complete.
    If you read the probate papers you will see that Sam's brother Charles' name was dropped from Chain Gang, w&which he helped write. His name is on the 45.
    JW ALEXANDER went on to manage

  26. Little Richard whom he ripped off.
    He us suspected of having murdered

  27. r u saying Lil Richard murdered sam?

  28. Larry Williams who he was managing at the time. Williams was found shot to death with a bullet through the back of his head. LAPD called it a suicide.

  29. WOW

  30. Allen Klein was sued over 100 times did a year in the federal penitentiary for tax fraud and was a protege of mobster musuc biz mgr Morris Levy. Klein was beholden to mobsters which us how he hot inside help to cover up the murder of Sam Cooke. They wanted him to be a Vegas star and turn his cash over to them. Sam refused to be any body's boy. He died for his artistic and personal freedom.

  31. Reanne her name is Crystal Chi Young.

  32. anyone know the name of this full documentary .?

  33. Where is the rest of the story?

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