Sam Cooke, was a gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer/ songwriter. He is considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music. Sam is commonly known as The King of Soul for his unmatched vocal abilities, impact and influence on the modern world of music. Cooke had 29 top-40 hits between 1957 and 1964. Hits like You Send Me, Chain Gang, and Wonderful World are some of his most popular songs.