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.