Festival Pays Tribute To Sam Cooke

00n/49/ARVE/G2539/096More than 40 years after his tragic, violent death, Sam Cooke is still known as the legendary soul and gospel singer who penned “A Change is Gonna Come,” which found a new audience with the election of America’s first black president.  But Cooke’s brother, L.C. Cooke, says the late singer should also be known for his pioneering business acumen that put him years ahead of his time in the music industry.

Cooke was among the first black performers to own the rights to his music and to form his own recording and publishing company. That’s what L.C. Cooke will remind fans about when he attends a Mississippi music festival this weekend dedicated to the 1950s and ’60s singer.