The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Annals of Crime #19

Original Caption:

Los Angeles -- The body of singer Sam Cooke lies slumped in the doorway of a Motel manager's apartment. According to police, he kicked in the manager's door looking for another woman when he was shot (1964)


azfad said...

did he die without pants on? Sad way to go for possibly the greatest soul singer of all time.

shahn said...

He was kicking in the door sans pants??

swac said...

His last words were, "Lady, you shot me!" Then...nothing.

There are stories about the motel manager being in collusion with the woman Cooke was chasing, figuring he was a celebrity, he was drunk, and they could take his cash without him knowing or caring. There are enough inconsistencies in their testimony to suspect something other than the official record of what allegedly happened.

At the other end of the scale are conspiracy theories that Cooke was becoming too successful and powerful (his SAR Records was a thriving R&B indie label) and he was targeted for assassination. That one I'm not terribly convinced of.

Mitchell said...
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mitchellirons said...

the real question is if there is a possible relation between sam cooke and stephen cooke.

and if stephen cooke intends to not be wearing pants when he shakes off this mortal coil, himself...

swac said...

I like to refer to him as "my uncle Sam." But the sad truth is he was born without the "e", which he added later because he thought it gave his name a touch of class.

It's probably the only regard in which I could be considered classier than Sam Cooke.