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Historian Edward J. Larson on Sam Cooke - WSJ
By MARC MYERS
Oct. 7, 2014

I know that my students have more pressing goals than writing papers and taking tests. And readers of my books have lots of choices. My job as a teacher and as a writer is to show them that by embracing history, they may actually find meaning, purpose and even love.
Sam_Cooke  history  Colleges_&_Universities  students 
december 2014 by jerryking
The Death of Soul’s King: remembering Sam Cooke 50 years after his death - WSJ
By MARC MYERS
Dec. 9, 2014

What has survived are Cooke’s hits, including “You Send Me,” “Cupid” and “Another Saturday Night.” All remain relevant and continue to be covered by contemporary artists. Overlooked, however, are two of Cooke’s other big achievements: In the late 1950s and early ’60s, the singer-songwriter pioneered romantic soul and created a formula for success that helped Motown and other black-owned labels cross over to the pop charts with original music.

In the late 1950s, Cooke was the first black singer-songwriter to figure out how to parlay male vulnerability into sweet pleas that resonated with integrated teen audiences.
soul  killings  anniversaries  '60s  '50s  singers  music_labels  songwriters  African-Americans  Sam_Cooke  music  Motown  black-owned 
december 2014 by jerryking

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