Sam Cooke Biography

A Change Is Gonna

A Change Is Gonna Come

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Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke, the King of Soul!

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  • Sam Cooke Facts

    Birth name: Samuel Cooke
    Born: January 22, 1931, Clarksdale, Illinois
    Died: December 11, 1964, Los Angeles, California
    Genres: R&B, soul, gospel
    Instruments: Vocals, Piano, Guitar
    Years active: 1950-1964

  • Sam Cooke Links

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    Labels: Specialty, Keen, RCA
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Sam Cooke, the King Of Soul!

Sam Cooke has been called The King Of Soul, his legacy is extensive and his impact on soul music is undeniable.

His career was short as he died at the age of 33, shot at the Hacienda Hotel, the Hotel manager Bertha Franklin, told the police she shot him in self defense.

Between 1957 and 1963 Sam Cooke managed 29 top 40 hits, including: You Send Me, Chain Gang, A Change Is Gonna Come, Wonderful World and Bring It On Home To Me.

A Change Is Gonna Come, a response to Blowin’ In The Wind!

A Change Is Gonna Come has a very complicated history.

Initially written as a response to Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ In The Wind, Sam Cooke not only wrote a song as powerful as Dylan’s.

The song would come to be used as an anthem for the civil rights movement in modern America during the mid to late 60s.

Similarly, in 2008 the song was used in President Barrack Obamas election campaign.

Led by key words such as “Change” and “Yes We Can” the song came to back one of the most important historical events in modern history; the election of a black American President.

A Change Is Gonna Come Legacy

Unfortunately, Sam Cooke never got to enjoy the success of the song, he died under mysterious circumstances in December 1964.

A Change Is Gonna Come didn’t peak in the charts until February the following year.

Since then, most famous artists have sung the song, including: Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, The Supremes and Tina Turner.

A Change Is Gonna Come is easily Sam Cooke’s most serious work, previously only delivering sugar sweet songs like Ain’t That Good News and Wonderful World.

All these songs put together have come to include Sam Cooke as one of the founding fathers of American Soul Music.


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