Sam Cooke Biography

the King Of Soul


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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 thirty-three. He was shot at the Hacienda Hotel. The hotel manager, Bertha Franklin, told the police that she shot him in self-defense.

Between 1957 and 1963, Sam Cooke managed twenty-nine 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 wrote a song as powerful as Dylan’s.

The song would also 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 keywords 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 as 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 he only delivered sugar sweet songs like ‘Ain’t That Good News’ and ‘Wonderful World’.

All of these songs put together have included Sam Cooke as one of the founding fathers of American soul music.

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A Change Is Gonna Come – Guitar Lesson

The intro to ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ is a guitar version of the string arrangement from the original recording.

Think of this song as if in the key of G. By applying a capo on fret 2 you’ll be in the same key as the original, A.

When you take the intermediate course we first learn it as in the video, then create a second guitar part using barre chords.

Go to video lessons: A Change Is Gonna Come chords.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Lyrics

A Change Is Gonna ComeI was born by the river in a little tent
And just like that river I’ve been running ever since
It’s been a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will
It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die

For complete lyrics, go to A Change Is Gonna Come lyrics.

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