The fifth show in the ReMastered series, ‘The Two Killings of Sam Cooke’ will premiere on Netflix in February.
‘ReMastered’ is an eight-part series about high profile events in music taking a deeper look at the facts we know to date.
The reasons for the death of soul legend Sam Cooke at age 33 to this day remains unresolved. Cooke was shot at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles on 11 December, 1964. The motel manager Bertha Franklin said she shot him in self-defence when he tried to attack her. The motel owner Elisa Boyer collaborated the story, testifying that she was on the phone with Franklin and heard Cooke enter the room. The court accepted Franklin’s explanation as “justifiable homicide” and the case was closed.
‘The Two Killings of Sam Cooke’ will take another look at the story. According to Netflix, “Sam Cooke was one of the most influential black musicians of the Civil Rights Movement and made a huge impact on the rights of black musicians, frustrating the white establishment. An investigation into the circumstances and controversy surrounding his murder uncovers a deeper question — did the record industry try to suppress the story of Cooke’s death? And to what extent did they suppress the politics of his life?”
‘The Two Killings of Sam Cooke’ will debut on Netflix on 8 February 2019.