Sam Cooke biography



The King Of Soul!

Dubbed The King Of Soul due to his extensive legacy and undeniable impact on soul music.

This remarkable singer and songwriter’s career was cut tragically short as he died at the age of thirty-three, 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 response to Blowin’ In The Wind

A Change Is Gonna Come is a single by Sam Cooke. The song has a very complicated history. Initially written as a response to Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ In The Wind, Sam wanted to write a song as powerful as Dylan’s.

The song would come to be used as an anthem for the civil rights movement during the mid to late 60s. Similarly, in 2008, the song was used in President Barrack Obama’s 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 delivered mainly sugar-sweet songs like Ain’t That Good News and Wonderful World.

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


Wonderful World

This was Sam Cooke’s biggest hit since You Send Me (’57). Released in 1960, Wonderful World was written by a songwriting team, but Sam rewrote some of the lyrics.

Charting at #2 in the U.S and the U.K, Wonderful World was a hit, although its legacy over the years has grown to far outperforming its initial impact.

Perhaps this is down to the several cover versions we’ve seen from Simon & Garfunkel, Don McLean, Michael Bolton, James Taylor, Otis Redding, and Hermans’s Hermits.

The Herman’s Hermits version had Jimi Page playing guitar on it, apparently, he was paid £12.


A Change Is Gonna Come – Chords

G | G | Am | Em |
I was born by the river, in a little tent, oh and just like that river I’ve been running ever since.
G | Am C B7 | Em | G |
It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

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A Change Is Gonna Come – Lyrics + Orignal recording

I was born by the river, in a little tent,
oh and just like that river I’ve been running ever since.
It’s been a long, a long time coming,
but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

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Wonderful World – Chords

B | G#m |
Don’t know much about history,
E | F# |
don’t know much biology.

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