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Sam Cooke was a trailblazing artist who played a huge part in shaping the soul and pop scene. Here, we track his short life and career in pictures.
Cooke established his own publishing company for his music in 1959 and negotiated an impressive contract with RCA in 1960. Not only did he get a substantial advance, but Cooke would also get ownership of his master recordings after 30 years.
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