Wednesday, April 17, 2024

RIP: LC Cook, Legendary Gospel and R&B Singer, Younger Brother of Sam Cooke


L.C.-Cooke-SAR-RecordsCharles “LC” Cook, younger brother of late R&B great Sam Cooke, has died at age 85. Cook, who didn’t use the ‘e’ added by Sam to their name, was himself a true legend in gospel and R&B. He sang with his brother on SAR Records, and was a member of the Soul Stirrers, Sam Cooke’s original group. (Sam Cooke was murdered in 1964.)

LC was the fifth of ten children. LC — whom I was lucky enough to meet once– lived in Chicago and had remained a popular and influential member of the greater R&B legacy community. He sang at Lou Rawls’s funeral several years ago, and it was one of the most beautiful moments in music I will always cherish and remember. He counted among life long friends Aretha Franklin and Sam Moore.

LC, god speed. Listen to him here:

Here’s a great interview with LC by Dave Hoekstra.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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