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An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars. Profiles of Alexander Calder, Paul Simon, Charlie Chaplin and music producer John Hammond won Peabody Awards, while films about Edward R. Murrow, Lucille Bal (more…)

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Season 23, Episode 9 Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

First Aired: January 11, 2010

A stirring profile of the great Sam Cooke (1931-64), who helped invent and popularize soul music with such classics as "You Send Me" (1957), "Chain Gang" (1960) and "A Change Is Gonna Come" (1962). It features a wealth of archival footage, including an insightful "American Bandstand" interview and Cooke's swinging rendition of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," as well as remarks from James Brown, Mel Carter, Sam Moore, Billy Preston, Lou Rawls and Smokey Robinson.