A report on Ray Charles and Sam Cooke

Charles in the 1960s
Cooke in 1963
Charles in 1968
Cooke in Billboard, 1965, released posthumously
Charles in 1971
Grave of Sam Cooke in the Garden of Honor at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
Charles meeting with President Richard Nixon, 1972 (photo by Oliver F. Atkins)
Charles at the 2003 Montreal International Jazz Festival, one of his last public performances
Quincy Jones worked with Ray Charles.
Star honoring Charles on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard
Statue by Andy Davis in Ray Charles Plaza in Albany, Georgia

The other headliners were Little Willie John, Ray Charles, Ernie Freeman, and Bo Rhambo.

- Sam Cooke

The other headliners were Little Willie John, Sam Cooke, Ernie Freeman, and Bo Rhambo.

- Ray Charles
Charles in the 1960s

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Davis in 1972

Sammy Davis Jr.

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American singer, dancer, actor, comedian, film producer and television director.

American singer, dancer, actor, comedian, film producer and television director.

Davis in 1972
Davis and host Steve Allen rehearsing for the premiere of The Steve Allen Show in 1956
The Rat Pack (left to right): Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop at the Cal-Neva Casino, Las Vegas
Davis performing in 1966
Davis at home in 1986
Davis in the Western Wall, Jerusalem, during a tour in Israel, 1969
Davis with his third wife, Altovise Gore, in 1986
Davis and May Britt in 1960
Davis during the 1963 March on Washington
In the Yellow Oval Room of the White House with President Richard Nixon, March 4, 1973
Davis's grave in the Garden of Honor, Forest Lawn Glendale

The other headliners were Little Willie John, Sam Cooke, Ernie Freeman, and Bo Rhambo.

Guests included Muhammad Ali, Paul Anka, Jack Barry, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Ray Charles, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Howard Cosell, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Joe Franklin, Cliff Gorman, Richie Havens, Danny Kaye, Jerry Lewis, Hal Linden, Rich Little, Butterfly McQueen, Minnie Pearl, Boots Randolph, Tex Ritter, Phil Rizzuto, The Rockettes, Nipsey Russell, Sally Struthers, Mel Tillis, Ben Vereen, and Lawrence Welk.

Freeman in 1975

Ernie Freeman

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American pianist, organist, bandleader, and arranger.

American pianist, organist, bandleader, and arranger.

Freeman in 1975

The other headliners were Little Willie John, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and Bo Rhambo.

John circa 1955

Little Willie John

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American R&B singer who performed in the 1950s and early 1960s.

American R&B singer who performed in the 1950s and early 1960s.

John circa 1955

The other headliners were Ernie Freeman and his Band, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, The Clark Kids and Bo Rhambo.

Bo Rhambo

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American trumpeter and tenor saxophonist.

American trumpeter and tenor saxophonist.

Also performing that same day were Ray Charles with The Cookies and Ann Fisher, Ernie Freeman and his Band, Little Willie John, Sam Cooke, The Clark Kids and Sammy Davis Jr. who was there to crown the queen.

Al Green (1973), one of the genre's major pioneering artists

Soul music

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Popular music genre that originated in the African American community throughout the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Popular music genre that originated in the African American community throughout the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Al Green (1973), one of the genre's major pioneering artists
Ray Charles pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s by combining blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles
James Brown was known as the "Godfather of Soul"
Sam Cooke is acknowledged as one of soul music's "forefathers".
Solomon Burke recorded for Atlantic in the 1960s
Aretha Franklin is widely known as the "Queen of Soul"
Marvin Gaye shifted to a soul sound with his 1971 hit "What's Going On"
Levi Stubbs singing lead with the Four Tops in 1966
Soul singer Otis Redding was an electrifying stage presence
Isaac Hayes performing in 1973
Adele performing in 2016

Ray Charles is often cited as popularizing the soul music genre with his series of hits, starting with 1954's "I Got a Woman".

Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson also are often acknowledged as soul forefathers.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Museum and hall of fame located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States, on the shore of Lake Erie.

Museum and hall of fame located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States, on the shore of Lake Erie.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, showing Lake Erie in the foreground
The museum's New York City Annex (2008–2010) on Mercer Street, Soho
English guitarist, singer, and songwriter Eric Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio November 2015

It featured clothing from Buddy Holly to Alice Cooper, from Ray Charles to David Bowie and from Smokey Robinson to Sly Stone.

Since then, the programs have honored the following inductees: Jimmie Rodgers (1997), Robert Johnson (1998), Louis Jordan (1999), Muddy Waters (2000), Bessie Smith (2001), Hank Williams (2002), Buddy Holly (2003), Lead Belly (2004), Sam Cooke (2005), Roy Orbison (2006), Jerry Lee Lewis (2007), Les Paul (2008), Janis Joplin (2009), Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew (2010), Aretha Franklin (2011), Chuck Berry (2012), The Everly Brothers (2014) and Johnny Cash (2017).

Robert Blackwell

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Robert Alexander "Bumps" Blackwell (May 23, 1918 – March 9, 1985) was an American bandleader, songwriter, arranger, and record producer, best known for his work overseeing the early hits of Little Richard, as well as grooming Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson, Lloyd Price, Sam Cooke, Herb Alpert, Larry Williams, and Sly and the Family Stone at the start of their music careers.

American blues singer Ma Rainey (1886–1939), the "Mother of the Blues"

Blues

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Music genre and musical form which originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1860s by African-Americans from roots in African-American work songs and spirituals.

Music genre and musical form which originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1860s by African-Americans from roots in African-American work songs and spirituals.

American blues singer Ma Rainey (1886–1939), the "Mother of the Blues"
A minor pentatonic scale;
Musicologist John Lomax (left) shaking hands with musician "Uncle" Rich Brown in Sumterville, Alabama
Sheet music from "Saint Louis Blues" (1914)
Bessie Smith, an early blues singer, known for her powerful voice
A typical boogie-woogie bass line
John Lee Hooker
Blues legend B.B. King with his guitar, "Lucille"
Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1983
Italian singer Zucchero is credited as the "Father of Italian Blues", and is among the few European blues artists who still enjoy international success.
Eric Clapton performing at Hyde Park, London, in June 2008
Duke Ellington straddled the big band and bebop genres. Ellington extensively used the blues form.
The music of Taj Mahal for the 1972 movie Sounder marked a revival of interest in acoustic blues.

There are also 16-bar blues, such as Ray Charles's instrumental "Sweet 16 Bars" and Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man".

In the 1950s, soul music by Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and James Brown used gospel and blues music elements.

Hal David at the ASCAP Awards in 2011

Songwriters Hall of Fame

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American institution founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer, music publisher/songwriter Abe Olman and publisher/executive Howie Richmond to honor those whose work represents and maintains the heritage and legacy of a spectrum of the most beloved English language songs from the world's popular music songbook.

American institution founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer, music publisher/songwriter Abe Olman and publisher/executive Howie Richmond to honor those whose work represents and maintains the heritage and legacy of a spectrum of the most beloved English language songs from the world's popular music songbook.

Hal David at the ASCAP Awards in 2011
Johnny Mercer between 1946 and 1948
Sammy Cahn in 1950s
John Legend was honored in 2002 with the Abe Olman Scholarship

1993 – Ray Charles

2013 – "A Change Is Gonna Come" (written by Sam Cooke)