Sam Cooke: Legend Now Playing On PBS Stations
Posted on Mar 1st, 2013

Watch the Trailer
Order the DVD

Sam Cooke: Legend premieres nationwide beginning Tuesday, February 26 on public television. Check your local listings.

Sam Cooke: Legend is the first documentary (an expanded version of the acclaimed VH-1 Legends special) that has ever appeared on the man who is said to have invented soul, one of the original inductees into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Everyone knows the perfection of Sam Cooke's voice and music; his influence persists right up to the present day, while his songs have been featured in movies like Witness, Malcolm X and Ali.

What is less well-known is his story: how he went from being the #1 gospel singer of his day to having a #1 pop hit with "You Send Me", his very first record under his own name. How his music developed from the pure charm and instant accessibility of "(What A) Wonderful World" and "Having A Party" to the social relevance of "A Change is Gonna Come", which became a kind of anthem of the civil rights movement.

This biography takes on a scope of greater dimensions than music alone. Sam's good friend Muhammad Ali plays an integral role, while Malcom X and the Beatles, to share the world stage with Sam in Miami at the time of the first Ali-Sonny Liston fight.

Sam Cooke: Legend is a comprehensive look at a figure who is, arguably, one of the most influential musical forces in the twentieth century.

Cities & Air Dates:

Albuquerque- New Mexico PBS (KNME)
Sun. 3/3/2013- 6:00pm
Wed. 3/5/2013- 5:00am
Tues. 3/12/2013- 10:00pm

Austin- KLRU
Mon. 3/11/2013- 8:55pm
Tues. 3/12/2013- 12:55am

Boston- NHPTV Television (WENH)
Sat. 3/2/2013- 10:00pm
Sun. 3/3/2013- 5:30pm
Mon. 3/4/2013- 12:00am
Tues. 3/5/2013- 10:00pm
Fri. 3/8/2013- 8:00pm
Mon. 3/18/2013- 12:00am
Mon. 3/25/2013- 3:00am

Boston- GBH 2 (WGBH Boston)
Mon. 3/4/2013- 12:00am
Mon. 3/18/2013- 12:00am

Boston- GBH 44 (WGBX)
Sun. 3/3/2013- 5:00pm
Tues. 3/5/2013- 10:00pm
Fri. 3/8/2013- 4:00pm

Boston- NHPTV (WEKW)
Sat. 3/2/2013- 10:00pm
Sun. 3/3/2013- 5:30pm
Mon. 3/4/2013- 12:00am
Tues. 3/5/2013- 10:00pm
Fri. 3/8/2013- 8:00pm
Mon. 3/18/2013- 12:00am
Mon. 3/25/2013- 3:00am

Burlington- NHPTV (WLED)
Tues. 3/4/2013- 12:00am
Tues. 3/18/2013- 12:00am
Tues. 3/25/2013- 3:00am

Burlington- NHPTV (WLED2)
Sat. 3/2/2013- 10:00pm
Sun. 3/3/2013- 5:30pm
Tues. 3/5/2013- 10:00pm
Fri. 3/8/2013- 8:00pm

Casper-Riverton- Wyoming PBS (KCWC)
Fri. 3/1/2013- 9:30pm

Charlotte- UNC-TV (WUNE)
Wed. 3/13/2013- 9:30pm

Charlotte- UNC-TV (WUNG)
Wed. 3/13/2013- 9:30pm

Cleveland- Western Reserve PBS (WEAO)
Sun. 3/32013- 8:00pm

Detroit- Detroit Public TV (WTVS)
Sun. 3/3/2013- 5:30pm

Duluth-Superior- WDSE2
Sun. 3/3/2013- 9:00pm
Sat. 3/9/2013- 9:00pm
Sat. 3/16/2013- 9:00pm

Duluth-Superior- WRPT
Sun. 3/3/2013- 9:00pm
Sat. 3/9/2013- 9:00pm
Sat. 3/16/2013- 9:00pm

El Paso- KCOS
Tues. 3/4/2013- 8:30pm
Mon. 3/10/2013- 8:30pm

Fresno-Visalia- Valley PBS (KVPT)
Fri. 3/1/2013- 9:00pm

Ft. Myers-Naples- WGCU-TV
Sun. 3/10/2013- 1:00am

Grand Rapids- WGVU (WGVK)
Mon. 3/11/2013- 4:00am
Wed. 3/20/2013- 10:00pm

Grand Rapids- WGVU (WGVU)
Mon. 3/11/2013- 4:00am
Wed. 3/20/2013- 10:00pm

Greensboro- UNC-TV (WUNL)
Wed. 3/13/2013- 9:30pm

Greenville-New Bern- UNC-TV (WUND, WUNK, WUNM2)
Wed. 3/13/2013- 9:30pm

Greenville-Spartan- UNC-TV (WUNF)
Wed. 3/13/2013- 9:30pm

Los Angeles- KOCE
Mon. 3/11/2013- 10:30pm

Los Angeles- KVCR
Fri. 3/15/2013- 8:00pm

Memphis- WKNO
Sat. 3/2/2013- 5:00pm
Tues. 3/4/2013- 9:00pm
Wed. 3/5/2013- 2:00am
Fri. 3/8/2013- 10:30pm
Sun. 3/10/2013- 4:00am
Wed. 3/13/2013- 7:00pm
Thurs. 3/14/2013- 12:00am

Memphis- WKNO2
Sat. 3/2/2013- 10:00pm
Tues. 3/4/2013- 9:00pm
Thurs. 3/7/2013- 7:00pm
Sun. 3/10/2013- 4:00pm
Thurs. 3/14/2013- 7:00pm

Milwaukee- MPTV (WMVS)
Tues. 3/12/2013- 7:00pm

Milwaukee- MPTV (WMVT)
Fri. 3/8/2013- 8:00pm

Myrtle Beach- UNC-TV (WUNU)
Wed. 3/13/2013- 9:30pm

New York- WLIW
Sat. 3/9/2013- 2:00pm
Tues. 3/12/2013- 10:00pm
Thurs. 3/14/2013- 1:00am
Tues. 3/19/2013- 7:00pm

New York- WNET
Fri. 3/1/2013- 10:30pm
Sat. 3/2/2013- 11:00am
Wed. 3/13/2013- 4:30am

New York- NJTV (WNJB)
Sun. 3/17/2013- 4:00am
Wed. 3/27/2013- 10:00pm

Oklahoma City- OETA (KETA)
Tues. 3/5/2013- 11:00am

Philadelphia- NJTV (WNJS)
Sun. 3/17/2013- 4:00am
Wed. 3/27/2013- 10:00pm

Portland-Auburn- NHPTV (W18BO)
Tues. 3/4/2013- 12:00am
Tues. 3/18/2013- 12:00am
Tues. 3/25/2013- 3:00am

Providence- Rhode Island PBS (WSBE)
Sun. 3/10/2013- 3:30pm

Raleigh-Durham- UNC-TV
Wed. 3/13/2013- 9:30pm
Thurs. 3/14/2013- 3:30am

San Francisco- KRCB
Sat. 3/2/2013- 11:00pm
Sat. 3/16/2013- 4:00pm

Seattle- KBTC
Sat. 3/2/2013- 10:00pm
Sun. 3/3/2013- 2:00am

Seattle- KCKA
Sat. 3/2/2013- 10:00pm
Sun. 3/3/2013- 2:00am

Tampa- WUSF
Fri. 3/1/2013- 12:00pm
Sat. 3/2/2013- 2:00pm
Tues. 3/5/2013- 2:00pm
Wed. 3/6/2013- 3:00pm
Sun. 3/10/2013- 10:00pm
Mon. 3/11/2013- 1:00am
Mon. 3/11/2013- 5:00pm
Tues. 3/12/2013- 8:00pm

Tulsa- OETA (KOED)
Wed. 3/5/2013- 11:00pm

Tuscon- KUAT-TV
Thurs. 3/6/2013- 10:00pm

Washington- WETA
Mon. 2/25/2013- 3:30pm

Wichita, KS- Smoky Hills Public Television (KDCK, KDCK2, KOOD, KOOD2, KSWK, KSWK2, K15CG, K23BU, K32BY, K39BS, K64BS, K66CD, KWKS, KWKS2)
Thurs. 3/6/2013- 9:00pm
Fri. 3/14/2013- 9:00pm

Wilmington- UNCTV (WUNJ)
Wed. 3/13/2013- 9:30pm

Youngstown- Western Reserve PBS (WNEO)
Sun. 3/3/2013- 8:00pm