Songs and Times of Sam Cooke

Forging a link between soul and pop, the music and unforgettable genius of legendary “King of Soul”, Sam Cooke will be performed live by Australian soul singer and performer, Gary Pinto and live band.

Credited by many as the inventor of soul music, Cooke began his career in gospel bands, later moving to “secular music” and creating a sound that broke the colour divide.

More than sharp suits, luxury cars, generous women and earthy language, Cooke’s crystal-clear, velvet-smooth voice had the melodies to match and revolutionised a new genre.



Cooke broke race and religious barriers in the 1950’s and 1960’s and became one of the best known African Americans in the world. With 30 US top 40 hits, plus an extra 3 posthumously, Songs and Times of Sam Cooke features some of his best known classics, including You Send Me, A Change Is Gonna Come, Cupid, Chain Gang, Wonderful World, Another Saturday Night and Twistin’ the Night Away.

Songs and Times of Sam Cooke
31 January – 02 February2019
Brisbane Powerhouse