Sam Cooke was born in 1931 in Clarkesdale, Mississippi. Together with his siblings, he sang in the family band “Soul Children”, then joined the “Highway QC’s” as a teenager. In the early 50s he reached success with the gospel group “The Soul Stirrers”, which he even surpassed with the release of his first pop single, “Lovable”, in 1956. All in all, no less than 35 of his songs reached the US R&B charts, from “You Send Me” or “Cupid” via “Bring it on Home to Me”, Another Saturday Night”, or “Twistin the Night Away” to “Wonderful World. Still today Sam Cooke, who was murdered at the Hacienda Motel in Loss Angeles in 1964 is considered to be one of the forefathers of Soul music. The ten carefully selected and remastered original albums on this 10 CD-set aptly document this well-deserved honour.