Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

Interview with Narrator Danny Glover

Actor (and narrator of Sam Cooke: Crossing Over) Danny Glover discusses the first time he heard Sam Cooke’s music, the social context in which Sam released his records, and the collective journey on which Sam’s music takes us. Interview conducted by John Antonelli

Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

Interview with Executive Producer Avon Kirkland

Avon Kirkland, Executive Producer of Sam Cooke: Crossing Over, explains the impact and importance of the legendary singer. Interview conducted by John Antonelli

Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

Interview with Producer D. Channsin Berry

D. Channsin Berry, Co-Producer of Sam Cooke: Crossing Over, discusses his motivation for making a documentary about “the man who invented soul.” Interview conducted by John Antonelli

Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

Liner Notes by Lee Hildebrand

The following essay comes from Specialty Records’ 1991 collection, “Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers,” currently available through Concord Music Group. Sam Cooke has arguably been the most influential singer of the past four decades. Today, 26 years after his tragic death, elements of his unique style continue to reverberate through pop, soul, gospel, reggae, […]

Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

Crossing Over

THIRTEEN’s American Masters celebrates the wonderful world of music game-changer and definitive soul singer Sam Cooke in Sam Cooke: Crossing Over, airing Monday, January 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS Watch a Preview Narrated by Danny Glover, the film features archival footage and interviews with Cooke’s family and intimates including Muhammad Ali, Herb Albert, James […]

Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

Production Credits

Produced & Directed by John Antonelli Co-Producer D. Channsin Berry Director of Photography James Iacona Editor Eli Olson Writer Noland Walker Executive Producer Avon Kirkland Associate Producer Rick Roper Additional Editing Todd Miro Will Parrinello Kenji Yamamoto Additional Photography Will Parrinello Post Supervision Quinn Costello Graphic Design Stephen Faustina Todd Miro Peter Antonelli Color Correction […]

Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

What’s Going On

“Marvin Gaye” by David Ritz When Marvin Gaye died in 1984, he left behind one of the great legacies in American music. More than a superb vocalist and subtle composer, he was a visionary who expressed the tenor of his times. Both radical and romantic, a self-taught singer with a flair for autobiographical revelation, he […]

Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built

Atlantic Records

Ahmet Ertegun (1923-2006) The Greatest Record Man Of All Time by Robert Greenfield “I think it’s better to burn out than to fade away… it’s better to live out your days being very, very active — even if it destroys you — than to quietly… disappear…. At my age, why do you think I’m still […]

Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built

Career Timeline

Ahmet Ertegun once told graduates of Berklee College of Music in Boston that he loved jazz, blues and hanging out. From the start, Ertegun devoted his career to what he loved. His incredible life is fully explored in AMERICAN MASTERS Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built. Below are some highlights from Atlantic Records and […]