Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. AllMusic 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."
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On December 11, 1964, at the age of 33, Cooke was fatally shot by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. After an inquest, the courts ruled Cooke's death to be a justifiable homicide.
"Sam Cooke" . . . I guess it's true what they say,
"The good die young!"