A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke

May 18, 2012

Sam Cooke is best remembered for his smooth soul releases such as “You Send Me” and “Chain Gang.” He began his career as a gospel singer and many of those recordings had a passion that was missing from his later work.

Bob Dylan had written “Blowin’ In The Wind” and Sam Cooke decided to write a song in response. His performance of his “A Change Is Gonna Come” was a sermon in miniature. It fit right in with the civil rights movement of the day.

Released as the B side of the hit single “Shake,” at the beginning of 1965, it would become a hit in its own right, reaching number 31 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. It remains one of the better single releases of his career.