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|Birth name:||Samuel Cook|
|Birthday:||22-January-1931 Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA|
|Height:||5' 10" 1.78 m|
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TriviaHis song, "Somewhere There's a Girl" was written in honor of his first wife, Delores, after she had been killed in a car crash. He added the "e" to his last name in 1957 to signify a new start to his life. 1948 graduate of Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago. Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Soul Stirrers) in 1989 (under the category Early Influences). He was voted the 16th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone. His song "A Change is Gonna Come", drastically different from most of his other work, was penned by Cooke after he was moved by Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind". This indicated Cooke may have started to make darker, more socially-conscious work if he had lived. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987. Released his first pop single "Lovable" (1956) under the name of Dale Cooke. At the time, there were negative feelings in the gospel singing community about pop music.