I New series 1/4.
Paul Gambaccini recalls the life and music of soul giant
Sam Cooke , who died 40 years ago under mysterious circumstances from a gunshot wound. Cooke's unmistakable vocals - a graceful and good-natured mix of gospel-inpired soul and pop-appealed equally to white and black audiences in hits like
You Send Me (his only American number one), Only Sixteen,
Wonderful World, Chain Gang, Cupid, Twistin' the Night Away, Shake and A Change Is Gonna Come. This first edtion looks at
Cooke's Baptist upbringing and his initial secular sound.
Producer Sue Clark
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