#TBT: Remembering Sam Cooke’s Funeral

Crowd at Sam Cooke Funeral, Photo: Motor City FlashbacksCrowd at Sam Cooke’s Funeral, Photo: Motor City Flashbacks

For today’s #throwbackthursday (#TBT) we remember a legendary musician who changed the face of music in the 20th century: Sam Cooke.

Sam Cooke was a singer and songwriter for RCA Records in the 1950s and early 1960s. He later founded his own record label, SAR Records. Throughout his career he celebrated success with a number of hits including, “Loveable“, “You Send Me“, and “Chain Gang.” Sam Cooke is credited with the discovery and success of many important R&B and later Motown artists, including The Valentinos with Bobby Womack, and Johnnie Taylor.

From December 17th through December 18th, 1964, Sam Cooke’s funeral was held in Chicago, where thousands of visitors lined up for over four city blocks to view and pay their final respects to Cooke in his glass-lid coffin.

Long-time friend Bobby Womack remembered Cooke until the end of his own days. When he received his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, Womack said, “I wish I could call Sam Cooke and share this with him.”

Sam Cooke’s funeral was not the end of his legacy, and Everlasting Footprint wants to help you celebrate the life and legacy of everyone who is important to you, every day.

About Cortni Merritt

Managing Editor, Cortni Merritt, MA, reads everything she comes across. She has degrees in both psychology and English, and has been a composition instructor, and a copywriter for lawyers, a coordinator at a dating service, and a property manager of apartments. Cortni makes it her mission to read people's stories.

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