American Masters is made possible by the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Had he lived, you can easily imagine him flourishing artistically right up to the present. And Was An Instant Singing Sensation!! Professionally, things continued to come easily to Cooke. An hour was definately not enough time to cover his life, it was barely enough to cover the surface. I wasn't very pleased with the Joan Baez documentary either. Forget the Cooke discography: That alone could have earned him his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With certain footage used, it's used out of context.
But the best way to understand him is put him in a context. Sam Cooke put the spirit of the black church into popular music, creating a new American sound and setting into motion a chain of events that forever altered the course of popular music and race relations in America. My biggest complaint was lack of detail regarding certain subjects. Rosenthal, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, and public television viewers. To take American Masters beyond the television broadcast and further explore the themes, stories, and personalities of masters past and present, the companion Web site offers interviews, essays, photographs, outtakes, and other resources. His Vocal Phrasing Has Influenced Singers Black And White , Including Smokey Robinson, Lou Rawls, Marvin Gaye, Bobby Womack, Rod Stewart, Steve Perry, R. Viewers are told, but not shown.
Sam Cooke accomplished what no other black performer had ever even attempted, founding his own music publishing and record label, opening doors for and writing material for other artists — mentoring Aretha Franklin and launching Otis Redding. I think it was an overview for the general public, and it was probably far better than 99% of the other general crud that was on. His steadfast opposition to Antonelli's entirely laudatory, almost deliberately noncontroversial hourlong accolade to the great soul singer is the reason the project took more than 12 years to complete. So what if he stays home Monday night? Antonelli may wind up watching the show, which airs at 10 p. He had the courage to take an open stand against racism, refusing to perform at a segregated venue in the south and garnering the support of Dick Clark. I enjoyed it, but also wished they would have had so more details such as why the first Copa show was a disaster.
For the most part, I enjoyed the program. In combining two worlds, his constant challenge was to sing meaningful lyrics with the fervor of gospel and the romance of pop. Watch video outtakes and explore other American music legends at:. Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. American Masters Sam Cooke: Crossing Over premiering nationally, Monday, January 11, 2010 at 9 p. A pale shadow of Guralnick's book at best.
Channsin Berry and directed by Antonelli. Sam Cooke accomplished what no other black performer had ever even attempted, founding his own music publishing and record label, opening doors for and writing material for other artists — mentoring Aretha Franklin and launching Otis Redding. I had never seen the courtroom testimony of the Hotel Manager that shot Sam, and the woman that he was with that night. Then there came the phone message. To repeat oneself, lack of supporting details can be attributed to running time. Klein could have stopped any film with his control of Cooke's music publishing except for a statutory exemption for public television that grants compulsory licenses to educational broadcasts. No less an authority than Jerry Wexler, producer of and Franklin, always called Cooke the greatest vocalist of his generation.
Antonelli said he hit the low point sometime shortly after that when he and a film crew spent an afternoon in a Detroit restaurant waiting for , who never showed. Susan Lacy is the series creator and executive producer of American Masters. . But, his story ends abruptly at the height of his success when, at the age of 32 in 1964, he was, inexplicably, gunned down and killed in the company of a prostitute — leaving a profound legacy filled with extraordinary talent — and all the questions about what might have been. His first pop sessions were held in secret for fear that word leaking out could hurt his standing in the gospel field. Chances are you'll be able to catch it again.
He came closest with Chain Gang, observed and written during the Civil Rights era and with the poignant, biting lyrics and melody of A Change is Gonna Come in 1962, fashioned out of the depth of personal pain and loss. However, Because Of His Unique Vocal Style, No One Was Fooled. Film a personal victory Cooke's music inspired Antonelli since he was a kid growing up outside of Lowell, Mass. The New York accountant and business manager was known for an aggressive style that contributed to the breakup of after he signed to represent three of the four band members. Not enough for a complicated tale like Cooke's. Sam Cooke: Crossing Over examines Cooke's musical and political significance during the early civil rights movement and unravels some of the myths surrounding his life and death, revealing a complex portrait of a flawed but talented man. Sam Cooke put the spirit of the Black church into popular music, creating a new American sound and setting into motion a chain of events that forever altered the course of popular music and race relations in America.
Secondly, if you're going to license the minimal television footage of Sam Cooke in existence, it would be wonderful not to view brief excerpts. The gospel years got shortchanged, the song clips were tiny and the interviews - while delightful in spots - afforded almost no chance for elaboration. All through the doggedly determined production, Antonelli found subjects unwilling to talk because of pressure from Klein. American Masters - Marvin Gaye was on next in my area but it was getting past my bedtime. For the most part, I enjoyed the program.