Sam Cooke Fan Club

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Plans Announced for 'Sam Cooke Day' Activities in Atlanta

Friday, August 19, 2011

“Sam Cooke Day” in the City of Atlanta will be celebrated with a special program to be held at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF) Center for the Arts & Peace Garden on Friday, October 14, 2011, commencing at 11:00 a.m. Admission to this fundraising event is $5.00 per person. The TASF Center is located at 5616 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083.

A proclamation issued by the Atlanta City Council will be presented to Cooke’s two surviving siblings, L. C. Cooke and David Cook, both of Chicago, IL. Featured speakers will discuss Cooke’s prominence in the history of American popular music as well as his contributions to the 1960’s civil rights movement.

The program is the first of several weekend activities sponsored by the Sam Cooke Fan Club as part of its 6th Sam Cooke Tribute. A buffet lunch and an afternoon bus tour of historic Atlanta sites, including a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site in the Sweet Auburn District, will follow the program. The Fan Club will also host a Friday night dance party, as well as a dinner and show on Saturday, October 15, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, located at 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE.

Room reservations can be made by contacting the Marriott Marquis at 404-521-0000 and requesting the Sam Cooke Fan Club rate of $139 per night.

The program at TASF brings together fans of two legendary musical performers, both of whom were nearing the peak of their popularity at the time of their untimely deaths. Cooke was shot and killed on December 11, 1964 in Los Angeles; Shakur was shot on September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas, where he died six days later.

“It is symbolic that a program honoring Sam Cooke should take place at the center dedicated to the memory of Tupac,” said Carlos Coleman, Community Outreach Director for TASF. “Tupac was very much aware of Sam Cooke and his contributions,” Coleman added, “and he even mentioned Cooke in his poetry.”

For more information about the Sam Cooke Day program contact the TASF Center at (404) 298-4222. For additional information and to register for the Fan Club’s 6th Tribute activities, contact Greg Alldredge, Fan Club President, at 310-701-9653 or Toni Cook Howard, Fan Club Vice President, at 312-550-1078. Reservation forms are available here.

For the official news release, please click here.

Information on Tribute Program Ads

Friday, July 29, 2011

For those who would be interested in purchasing an ad for inclusion in the Tribute Program, here is the information you need: Ad prices are as follows: $100 for full page; $60 for half page; $35 for 1/4 page (this size is perfect for anyone who wants to submit a business card for their ad). Please fill out the attached application form and mail it, along with any photos or artwork you want to include in your ad, as well as your check or money order (made payable to Toni Cook Howard) to the following address:


Toni Cook Howard
c/o Sam Cooke Fan Club
P. O. Box 933

Tinley Park, IL 60477

If you would prefer to submit photos or artwork electronically, you can email them to Don Piper. Please note on your ad application form that you will be submitting photos/artwork electronically.

We thank you very much for your support of the Tribute.

Sixth Tribute Update

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta is now accepting room reservations for attendees at the Sixth Sam Cooke Tribute. You can make your reservations on line here. Or, you can call the hotel directly at (404) 521-0000. Please note that hotel expenses are your responsibility and are separate and apart from the attendance fees for the Tribute Events.

For additional information, please see the attached flyer, which you are welcome to download and distribute to friends and family who are interested in attending.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Atlanta this October.

Click here for a mail-in registration form.

Sixth Tribute Rescheduled

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Sam Cooke Fan Club Planning Committee has announced that the Sixth Sam Cooke Tribute will take place on the weekend of October 14-16, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

The Planning Committee looked at several host cities but untimately selected Atlanta for several reasons. First, it will be a return to the site of the First Sam Cooke Tribute in November 2002. Attendees of the First Tribute fondly remember how warmly received we were by the city at that time. Atlanta also is strategically located and a convenient destination for many of our members It has many historical sites to explore (the Soul Stirrers and Sam as a solo act performed there on numerous occasions), and the downtown Atlanta area is filled with excellent shopping and entertainment venues for our attendees to enjoy.

We look forward to reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones as we gather again to celebrate the legacy of the one and only, "The Man Who Invented Soul," Sam Cooke.

Please mark the date in your calendar and check back regularly for future announcements concerning the schedule of events and reservation arrangements.

Update #37

October 1, 2010

The Sam Cooke Fan Club is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Jack Kaplan's parents, Alexander and Marilyn Kaplan, in a car accident on September 27, 2010 in Philadelphia. Kaptain Jack has been a vital part of this Fan Club from the very beginning and served as President during the fourth tribute in Chicago.

Our hearts go out to Kaptain Jack and his entire family at this time. The obituaries for Alexander and Marilyn Kaplan may be accessed here and here.

Update #36

Friday, August 27, 2010

On July 26, 2010, the SCFC Tribute Planning Committee announced tentative plans for a 6th Tribute in the Spring of 2011 in Los Angeles, CA (Message No. 11338). Since that date, we have received confirmation directly from the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live that it is planning a Sam Cooke exhibit at the museum and that their event is scheduled to open on January 21, 2011, the day before Sam's 80th birthday. The Grammy Museum has advised us that it has no official announcement to make at this time and that it is still in the planning stages for its event. As we receive more information about the museum's plans we will keep you posted here and on our official Fan Club web site. You may also wish to check directly on the museum's web page for future updates.

The Fan Club appreciates the efforts of the Grammy Museum to plan an event in honor of Sam's 80th birthday. We hope that the event is as successful as the event held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in the fall of 2005. We are certain that many Sam Cooke fans across the country will be interested in coming to Los Angeles to see the Grammy Museum's Sam Cooke exhibit. Since we do not know for how long the exhibit will remain open, the Tribute Planning Committee is of the opinion that it does not make sense to hold its event in the Spring of 2011, requiring that fans who would like to attend both would need to incur expenses to travel to Los Angeles twice over the span of just a few months.

It is for this reason that the Tribute Planning Committee has elected to postpone the 6th Tribute until a later date, possibly the Fall of 2011 but more likely the Spring of 2012. We will also be looking at new venues for the event. We will keep all of you apprised of the developments as our plans take shape.

In addition, in the hopes of avoiding any further confusion on the matter, we would like to make it clear to all of our members, past attendees and friends that any other Sam Cooke event being planned and publicized for Los Angeles in the January 2011 time frame by any private party(ies) is NOT an official Sam Cooke Fan Club event. We are expressing no opinion as to whether anyone should or should not attend any unofficial or non-sponsored Fan Club event, but in an effort at full disclosure we wanted to make it clear that the Fan Club is not involved in the planning or the content of any such event.

We wish you all the very best for the remainder of 2010 as we approach January 22, 2011, the 80th birthday of "The Man Who Invented Soul," Sam Cooke.

Update #35

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Sam Cooke Fan Club is pleased to announce that the Planning Committee has reconvened and is curently working on plans for the 6th Sam Cooke Tribute, which has been tentatively scheduled for the Spring (April-May) of 2011. We expect to have an official announcement of the exact date for the event very soon. Please check back for further updates.

The Planning Committee is also pleased to announce that Gwen Greene, Sam's niece, has joined the committee and will assist with the planning. Erik Greene, Sam's great nephew, is now also an official member of the committee.

The Planning Committee is comprised of the following members: Greg Alldredge, Toni Cook Howard, Don Piper, Amanda Spurlin, Calvin Graham, Eli Williams, Starr Lusk, Jack Kaplan, Gwen Greene and Erik Greene.

Update #34

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It is with regret that the SCFC Planning Committee announces that the sixth Sam Cooke tribute, originally planned to be held January 21-23, 2010 in Los Angeles has been postponed. No new date has been set.

In the interim, we recommend that fans everywhere celebrate Sam's 79th birthday (January 22, 2010) by planning to watch "Crossing Over", a new documentary on Sam produced by John Antonelli, which is scheduled to air on most PBS stations across the country on January 11, 2010. Check your local listings for exact broadcast dates and times. This is an outstanding film and features interviews of many of Sam's family members and music contemporaries.

We also wish to mark the one year passing of Agnes Cook-Hoskins, Sam's sister and the guiding light behind the fan club and all of the previous tributes. She is deeply missed.

Update #33

Monday, December 7, 2009

A recently completed Sam Cooke documentary entitled "Sam Cooke: Crossing Over" (produced by John Antonelli of Mill Valley Film Group will broadast January 11, 2010 on PBS stations. Don't miss it! Click here for additional information.

Update #32

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The webmaster apologizes for lengthy delays in updating the Sam Cooke Fan Club web site. Updates include changes to Sam's television appearances web page. NBC "master books" were recently reviewed at the Library of Congress to determine content of "lost" television appearances. We discovered Sam did, in fact, sing "A Change Is Gonna Come" on "The Tonight Show" and discovered what songs Sam sang on "The Howard Miller Show", "Saturday Prom", and "The Big Record." See updates page for further information. We hope to discover additional information later.

Update #31

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sam's television appearance on "The Dick Clark Beech-Nut Show" on November 14, 1959 has been removed from the television appearances web page. Though TV Guide mentions Sam appears in this episode, he does not. We have confirmed this by viewing recently uncovered footage of this episode.

Update #30

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Sunflower River Blues & Gospel festival will be celebrating its 22nd Annual event this coming August with a special tribute to hometown hero Sam Cooke. This event takes place in Clarksdale, Mississppi - the birthplace of Sam Cooke - from August 7 - 9, 2009. The event is held on four different stages and is free. We have also received word that some very special musical guests will be on hand for the tribute to Sam. More information will be forthcoming once it is released by the Festival organizers. Check back here, or follow the link to the festival's web site for the most current news.

Update #29

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It is with great sadness that the Sam Cooke Fan Club announces the passing of Sam Cooke's youngest sister, Agnes Cook Hoskins. Jack Kaplan writes:

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I let all of the members of the Sam Cooke Yahoo family know that Agnes Cook Hoskins passed away today. Agnes battled cancer over the last year.

I send all of our prayers and deepest sympathies to Agnes' husband Joe, her son Eugene, her dauther Renee, her Grandson Anthony their spouses, Margaret, Kermit and Angie along with all of her grandchildren, her brothers, Charles, L.C. and David and their spouses. I apologize for not using everyone's name. I also want to express our prayers and deepest sympathies to all of Agnes' nieces and nephews: Mary's Children: Gwen and Donald; Hattie's Children: Ophelia, Doncella, Junior, Derek, ;Charles' Children: Charles III, ; LC's children: Toni, ; David's Children: David Jr, ; and all of her great nephews and great nieces: Erik, Starr,

Agnes was one of the warmest people I ever met. She invited me along with everyone of the fan club members into her family and her heart when she met us. The spirit of Mama and Papa Cook was passed down the family to Agnes. The stories we read in books about friends coming home with each of the children and being welcomed at the Cooks dinner table is true. I was fortunate enough to be invited to Agnes' dinner table and share a meal with her and her family. It made me feel like I had been invited by the whole cooke family. I will remember so many things from the times I visited with Agnes at the Fan Club Tributes, her home, the Grammy Awards, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame American Music Mast's Tribute to Sam Cooke and talking in the phone. I will remember her happy and smiling sharing stories about her brother, singing songs on the bus, crying while she loved hearing "A Change Is Gonna Come", the song she told me was her favorite. I can even here are shouting, "QC's in the house".

I spoke to Agnes last Wednesday night and I knew she was having a very difficult time. She told me to "take care of myself", as sick as she was, she was looking out for others. She will be missed by us all. Please keep her family, freinds and extended family in your thoughts and prayers.

Update #28

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Due to the current financial crisis and the uncertainty in the country's economic situation, the Sam Cooke Fan Club Planning Committee has elected to postpone the 6th Sam Cooke Tribute, previously announced to take place in the August/September 2009 time frame.

The Committee has tentatively rescheduled the event for January 21-23, 2010. This is an appropriate weekend to hold the Tribute as we will be able to celebrate Sam's birthday on January 22.

The 3rd Tribute, held in Los Angeles in January 2005, was blessed with wonderful weather so we are optimistic that a return to Southern California in January 2010 will be greeted with sunny skies and warm temperatures.

Update #27

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Sam Cooke Fan Club announces that the following individuals have been elected to serve as officers for the 2008/09 Term:

President: Greg Alldredge
Vice President: Toni Cook Howard
Treasurer: Amanda Spurlin
Secretary: Don Piper

In addition, the Planning Commitee has selected Los Angeles as the site of the 6th Annual Sam Cooke Tribute. The Tribute will be held in late summer/early fall 2009. We will announce the exact date shortly, once hotel facilities have been confirmed. Please check back for updates through the end of the year.

Update #26

Saturday, May 31, 2008

In April 1988, a brief history of SAR Records was featured in Goldmine Magazine. That article has been reproduced on this web site with the permission of the respective copyright holders. The biography page has been redirected to Erik Greene's web site. Some pages have been "optimized". For example, the 'albums' page does not branch out into fourteen pages anymore. It is now one page. Other optimization is present on the web site.

Update #25

Tuesday, May 30, 2008

The Memphis tribute page has been updated with photos. Links are seen throughout Don Piper's tribute recollection - click them, and a pop-up displaying the respective photo will appear. The "Lyrics" (now "Songs") page is being revised. We hope to make the revision available soon. A biography of Sam (that re-directs to Erik Greene's web site) is finally available. A history of SAR Records will be available shortly. The memories page has also been updated with a new story. New Memphis tribute recollections will be coming shortly. Expect some new updates soon.