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Sam Cooke died on way to being the greatest

Sam Cooke died on way to being the greatest

The familiar cliche is that Chicago's international reputation rests primarily on three features: roaring '20s gangsters typified by Al Capone, machine politics and Michael Jordan. But were there any justice to the world, it really should be famous as the home of great singers; more legendary singers have probably come from Chicago than from any other city in the world. As proof, Wikipedia has a two-page compilation of 400 famous names under the category "Singers from Chicago, Illinois," representing a wide range of styles including pop, rock, jazz, soul and gospel (not counting a third, separate Wikipedia page listing 68 Chicago rappers). Included are such immortals as...