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January 22, 1931-December 11, 1964.

Sam Cooke, the son of Reverend Charles Cooke, Sr., (a Baptist minister) and Annie May Cooke was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The family moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1933. He had four brothers and three sisters -Willie, Charles Jr., L.C., David, Hattie, Mary and Agnes. Sam graduated from Wendell Phillips High School in 1948, where he distinguished himself as an "A" student as well as being voted "most likely to succeed"… read more

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