Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1916: Rebert H. Harris is born on a farm near Trinity, Texas. He grows up to become lead singer with the Soul Stirrers, the pioneering, influential gospel group. Soul Stirrers fans are disappointed when Sam Cooke replaces Harris. They’re not sure Cooke has what Harris has. Harris will say that he has no musical influences besides those he finds in the trees and fields of his family’s farm. On the other hand, Harris will influence dozens of singers who become household words in the 1950s, including Cooke and Elvis Presley.