Today we celebrate the birthday and legacy of one of the pioneers and founders of Soul Music - the musical genius of SAM COOKE.
On December 11, 1964, Cooke was fatally shot by the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles at the age of 33. At the time, the courts ruled that Cooke was drunk and distressed, and that 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. Who killed Sam Cooke? It remains a mystery.
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