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 songwriters 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 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 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.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Chords

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 key of A.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come chords.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Lyrics

I 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.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come lyrics.