Death Cab for Cutie, Sam Cooke, John Vanderslice

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The Songs That Make Us Cry

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The Songs That Make Us Cry

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Sam Cooke And The Song That 'Almost Scared Him'

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New Mix: The Beatles, James Blake, Colin Meloy, More

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New Mix: The Beatles, James Blake, Colin Meloy, More

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Sam Cooke's Swan Song of Protest

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The Case for Sam Cooke, Soul Pioneer

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The Measure of Sam Cooke's 'Triumph'

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Sam Cooke, Portrait of a Legend

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Sam Cooke - Part II

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