According to the Internet source given below, Samuel Cook, known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, civil-rights activist and entrepreneur.
Commonly known as the King of Soul
he had distinctive vocals and some importance within popular music. His contribution to soul music contributed to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder and others. Biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was "the inventor of soul music", and possessed "an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed".
He was shot and killed aged 34 in Los Angeles, California.
||Biography by wikipedia.org.