– The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will celebrate the legacy of Sam
Cooke during the Tenth Annual American Music Masters Series this November.
Sam Cooke, considered by
many to be the definitive soul singer and crossover artist, a model for African-American entrepreneurship and one
of the first performers to use music as a tool for social change, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
the inaugural class of 1986.
The tribute will extend from October 31 – November 6 and will feature panels, films, educational programs, a day-
long conference at Case and two tribute concerts. The main tribute concert will feature Cooke’s pop and R&B
material and the gospel show will focus on his spiritual music.
The main tribute concert will take place Saturday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m. at the State Theatre, Playhouse
Scheduled to perform:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Aretha Franklin
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Elvis Costello
The Dixie Hummingbirds
The Blind Boys of Alabama
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