Sam Cooke In the Fifites and Sixties, Sam Cooke helped invent soul music by merging gospel sounds with secular themes. Cooke's pure, elegant crooning was widely imitated, and both his voice and his suave, sophisticated image influenced generations of soul men.
Clearly positioned by RCA as a young heir to Nat King Cole, Cooke was often forced to record pop songs for older audiences that weren't quite right for his youthful sound and soulful sensibility. Description from marcmyers.typepad.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images