Sam Cooke was the son of a Baptist minister and the lead singer of the Soul Stirrers, 1950-1956. When he decided to release secular music as a solo artist his label promply fired him.
He took “You Send Me” to Bob Keene of Keen Records, who wasn’t sure if it was a R&B hit, but was sure it would become a pop hit. He was right; released during late October of 1957, it would go on to top The BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop charts for three weeks and remained on the charts for 26 weeks.
“You Send Me” is one of the smoothest vocal performances in music history. It would be the first of 43 chart singles for Cooke.
His career and life would come to an abrupt end in a seedy hotel when he was shot and killed by the female manager under mysterious circumstances on December 11, 1964.
“You Send Me’ remains his signature and best selling song.