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This Day in Black History: Jan. 22, 1931

This Day in Black History: Jan. 22, 1931

Gospel and soul singer Sam Cooke born in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Published January 21, 2012

Legendary recording artist Sam Cooke was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. “Considered by many to be the definitive soul singer, Sam Cooke blended sensuality and spirituality, sophistication and soul, movie-idol looks and gospel-singer poise,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says about Cooke, whose hits include “Chain Gang,” “Cupid” and “Another Saturday Night.”


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Written by Britt Middleton

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