April 30, 2016
Your Weekend Entertainment–Here’s Mr. Sam Cooke
May 1 is also Freedom Day for Malaysia
Tomorrow is May 1, 2016. It is Labour Day. It should be renamed Human Resources Day. Old economics treated labour as a factor of production. Today, perception has changed rather dramatically. Labour is a strategic resource which combined with technology enhances productivity that enables a country to compete in world trade.
Today, Dr Kamsiah and I choose to pay tribute to men and women around the world for their contributions to global prosperity. Your services and sacrifice are no longer to be taken for granted. As they say, “you have come a long way baby”. For Malaysia, May 1 should also be dubbed Freedom Day.
So this weekend, we have chosen to feature the sound, voice and music of Sam Cooke, one of the pioneers of soul music.
Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.
Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His pioneering contributions to soul music contributed to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Billy Preston, and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown. AllMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was “the inventor of soul music”, and possessed “an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed”.
Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, plus three more posthumously. Major hits like “You Send Me“, “A Change Is Gonna Come“, “Cupid“, “Chain Gang“, “Wonderful World“, and “Twistin’ the Night Away” are some of his most popular songs. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the Civil Rights Movement.-www.wikipedia.org
We hope you like our choice for this weekend.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican