(1931-1964) US soul singer and songwriter. He began his career as a gospel singer and turned to pop music 1956. His hits include ‘You Send Me’ 1957 and ‘Wonderful World’ 1960 (re-released 1986). His smooth tenor voice gilded some indifferent material, but his own song ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ 1965 is a moving civil-rights anthem.
(1908-) British-born US journalist. He is best known for his writings interpreting US history and culture and for his role as television host of Omnibus and Masterpiece Theatre.
Cooke studied theater at Yale and Harvard universities and returned to the US as a BBC correspondent 1938; he became a US citizen 1941. In 1947 he began his radio broadcast Letter from America for the BBC. During the 1970s, he hosted the BBC-produced television series America 1972–73 and followed this with the bestselling book Alistair Cooke’s America 1973, based on the series.