Tomorrow marks 50 years since the strange death of singer Sam Cooke took place at the Hacienda Motel at 9137 S. Figueroa Street in South-Central Los Angeles. The motel was about three miles from where my family lived at the time. I remember the news reports on Cooke's death.
The Wall Street Journal commemorates Cooke's death with an article:
The events leading up to the shooting death of Sam Cooke at a seedy Los Angeles motel 50 years ago are as murky now as they were in the early morning hours of Dec. 11, 1964. Did the woman Cooke met at a bar earlier in the evening rush from the motel room with his cash and clothes in a robbery attempt or was she escaping Cooke’s advances, as she later claimed? Did the female motel manager who killed an irate, half-naked Cooke a short time later shoot him in self-defense, as she testified—or was she in on the theft?Cooke is best-known for such hits as "You Send Me," "Cupid" and "Another Saturday Night."
The Hacienda Motel is now gone, replaced by a market.
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