Sam caught his big break when he signed with record label Keen. His first huge hit for Keen was a song that he and his brother L.C. Cooke wrote called, "You Send Me". In 1957, the hit single sold 1.7 million copies.
Sam is the cousin of the actor Stan Shaw.
Sam was one of 8 siblings. He had 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
Sam's body is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, USA.
In 1986, Sam was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Sam was 5'10" tall
Sam was the son of a minister. His father was the Rev. Charles Cooke and his mother was named Annie Mae Cooke.
Actually Sam had seven children: Sharon, Paula, Tracey, Denise, Linda, Keith and Vincent.
Sam's son Vincent drowned in 1963.
Sam Cooke's widow married Bobby Womack and his daughter Linda married Bobby's brother Cecil they duet as 'Womack and Womack' and have had chart hits.