Sam Cooke

Arguably one of the greatest singers of all time, Sam Cooke wielded enormous influence over the direction of black music in the 1950s and 1960s through songs like "You Send Me," "Havin' A Party," "Bring it on Home to ... Read more »
Born: 01/22/1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

Filmography

Music (52)

Blood Ties 2014 (Movie)

("I'll Come Running Back To You") (Song Performer)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

(""(What A) Wonderful World") (Song Performer)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

("(What A) Wonderful World") (Song)

Green Lantern 2011 (Movie)

"That's Where It's At" (Song)

Green Lantern 2011 (Movie)

"That's Where It's At" (Song Performer)

The Green Hornet 2011 (Movie)

("Twisting The Night Away") (Song Performer)

The Green Hornet 2011 (Movie)

("Twisting The Night Away") (Song)

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

("Cupid") (Song)

The Secret Life of Bees 2008 (Movie)

"I'm Alright" (Song)

Talk to Me 2007 (Movie)

("Sweet Soul Music") (Song)

Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls 2007 (Movie)

(" A Change Is Gonna Come") (Song)

Fun With Dick and Jane 2005 (Movie)

("The Best Things In Life Are Free") (Song Performer)

Hitch 2005 (Movie)

("(What a) Wonderful World") (Song Performer)

Hitch 2005 (Movie)

("(What a) Wonderful World") (Song)

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights 2004 (Movie)

("You Send Me") (Song)

Ali 2001 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Pay It Forward 2000 (Movie)

("You Gotta Move" "Win Your Love for Me") (Song Performer)

Pay It Forward 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

The Promised Land 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song

Falling From Grace 1992 (Movie)

("Sweet Soul Music") (Song)

Cadence 1991 (Movie)

("Chain Gang") (Song)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

("A Change Is Gonna Come") (Song Performer)

A Gospel Session: Everybody Say Yeah! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Song

Adventures in Babysitting 1987 (Movie)

("Bring It on Home to Me") (Song Performer)

Adventures in Babysitting 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Heaven 1987 (Movie)

("That's Heaven to Me") (Song Performer)

Heaven 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

("Twistin' the Night Away" "Cupid") (Song Performer)

That's Life! 1986 (Movie)

("Having a Party") (Song Performer)

That's Life! 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

Sweet Dreams 1985 (Movie)

("You Send Me") (Song Performer)

Witness 1985 (Movie)

("(What a) Wonderful World") (Song)

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

("Chain Gang") (Song Performer)

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

(Song)

Breathless 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

Breathless 1983 (Movie)

("(What a) Wonderful World") (Song Performer)

The Lords of Discipline 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

The Lords of Discipline 1983 (Movie)

("Only Sixteen" "(What a) Wonderful World") (Song Performer)

Roman Zair 1982 (Movie)

("Only Sixteen" "You Send Me" "What a Wonderful World") (Song Performer)

Roman Zair 1982 (Movie)

("Only Sixteen" "You Send Me") (Song)

American Pop 1981 (Movie)

("You Send Me") (Song)

An American Werewolf in London 1981 (Movie)

("Blue Moon") (Song Performer)

Die Heartbreakers 1981 (Movie)

("Bring It on Home to Me") (Song)

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

("Soothe Me") (Song)

National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 (Movie)

("Twistin' the Night Away" "(What a) Wonderful World") (Song)

The Buddy Holly Story 1978 (Movie)

("You Send Me") (Song Performer)

Between the Lines 1977 (Movie)

("Having a Party") (Song)

Monterey Pop 1968 (Movie)

("Shake") (Song)

Houseboat 1958 (Movie)

("Almost in Your Arms") (Song Performer)

At the River I Stand (TV Show)

Song

The Heidi Chronicles (TV Show)

Song

Biography

Arguably one of the greatest singers of all time, Sam Cooke wielded enormous influence over the direction of black music in the 1950s and 1960s through songs like "You Send Me," "Havin' A Party," "Bring it on Home to Me" and "Shake," which fused white pop and black R&B into a new musical direction called soul music. In doing so, he helped to unify audiences in a way that politics, geography and even religion could not achieve. A major figure in gospel music as leader of the legendary Soul Stirrers in the mid-1950s, Cooke brooked controversy by moving into secular music. But the success of "You Send Me" established him as a star in that field as well, in addition to being one of the rare black artists appreciated by both black and white audiences. Cooke broke down musical borders throughout his all-too-brief career, including the gulf between pop and folk with the civil rights anthem "A Change Is Gonna Come." At the height of his powers, Cooke's life was cut short in an altercation at a Los Angeles motel, bringing to an end one of the most promising careers in popular music. However, his legacy, as heard in the songs of artists ranging from Otis Redding to Rod Stewart, kept alive his message of love, acceptance and joy for the miracle of song.

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