Sam Cooke was one of soul music’s greatest talents. The “King of Soul” is largely credited with bridging the gap between pop and soul music using his roots in gospel to influence his formidable vocal talents. Cooke was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Miss. but was primarily raised in Chicago. As a young man, […]

Russ Parr

Black Music Month originated in 1979. Jimmy Carter proclaimed the month of June as Black Music Month to celebrate the wonderful music, the  achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.

Pioneering soul singer Sam Cooke (pictured), also dubbed the “King Of Soul,” left an unmistakable mark on the music industry, and his contributions led to…

soul (Middle English, from Old English sawol) – 1. the animating and vital principle in human beings, credited with the faculties of thought, actions and emotion and often conceived as an immaterial entity. 2. a sense of ethnic pride among African-Americans, expressed in areas such as language, social customs, religion and music.