Daylight Video

50 years ago today, Sam Cooke was shot to death by a motel manager in what was quickly ruled to be a justifiable homicide despite a lot of loose ends and rumors of foul play. Here he is performing his first big non-gospel hit, “You Send Me.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.