PBS Special on Sam Cooke set to air on Monday, January 11, 2010
Get your TiVo, DVR, or VCR ready. On Monday, January 11, 2010 at 9pm ET/8pm Central, PBS will air an episode of American Masters focusing on Sam Cooke. In the 1940s and 50s, Sam Cooke made his mark in the gospel world as a member of The Highway QCs and The Soul Stirrers. In 1957, he left The Soul Stirrers and crossed over as an R&B artist. His untimely, yet controversial death (which has even sprouted conspiracy theories) is still the topic of conversation among people some 45 years later. If you're a Sam Cooke fan, a fan of golden era gospel or 1960s R&B, or just want to learn more about the life of Sam Cooke, don't miss this episode of American Masters.
As has been noted on Bob Marovich's "The Black Gospel Blog", a comment on the aforementioned PBS website is written in a way to suggest that The Soul Stirrers sang in "jook joints" or "night clubs." That is not true. The Soul Stirrers sang in churches and auditoriums, but not clubs or joints.