Today would have been Sam Cooke’s 80th birthday. With a voice like an angel, the singer, songwriter, label owner and pop idol left behind a body of work that to day this includes some of the most classic and influential songs of all time. From the songs of longing and desire (“Cupid,” “You Send Me,” “Bring It On Home,” “Another Saturday Night” and “Only Sixteen”) and the good time classics (“Twisting The Night Away,” “Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha,” “Having A Party”), to songs like “Chain Gang,” “Wonderful World,” and “A Change Is Gonna Come” that stand on their own as singular important works of songwriting, Cooke’s life was, sadly, a life cut short in time. Listen to some Sam Cooke tonight.
Download: Bring It On Home – Sam Cooke