“Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come”

12 May


Samuel “Sam” Cooke
(January 22,1931 – December11,1964)
was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time.

Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His pioneering contributions to soul music contributed to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Billy Preston and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown. AllMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was “the inventor of soul music”, and possessed “an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed.”

Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, plus three more posthumously. Major hits like “You Send Me”, “A Change Is Gonna Come”, “Cupid”, “Chain Gang”, “Wonderful World”, and “Twistin’ the Night Away” are some of his most popular songs. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the Civil Rights Movement.

On December 11, 1964, at the age of 33, Cooke was fatally shot by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. After an inquest, the courts ruled Cooke’s death to be a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been consistently called into question by Cooke’s family and his wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

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15 responses to ““Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come”

  1. sonofabeach96

    September 26, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Love Sam Cooke! Silly smooth, he was.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. exoticnita54

    September 26, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Love ❤️ Sam Cooke… his music 🎶 is a legend to me…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. exoticnita54

    September 26, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    So do I.. so do I… ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  4. America On Coffee

    September 26, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    ….and to many others. :-)

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sarah Beth

    May 12, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Justifiable my ass! Bertha Franklin is burning for what she did to Sam. Freaking psycho killed someone else at the hotel a few months before she murdered Sam Cooke. 😦 RIP Sam


  6. Light Ministry Blog

    May 12, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Interesting details on his death. One of my favs. from the early years of rock, soul, and such…


  7. America On Coffee

    May 13, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Big scandal!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. America On Coffee

    May 13, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Very controversial. i have heard and read so much about Cooke’s death…i love his music! May he RIP!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Light Ministry Blog

    May 15, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Yes it was. The incident is still being investigated by his family today, I’m sure!


  10. America On Coffee

    May 17, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Wow! That happened 50 years ago, I believe.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Light Ministry Blog

    May 18, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    That sounds about right. Hey, enjoy your weekend…

    Liked by 1 person

  12. America On Coffee

    May 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    The weekend with me starts on Friday. Maybe you are having an early, Thursday start. So, be blessed and stay blessed! :)

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Light Ministry Blog

    May 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Well, I was taking an early day yesterday. Like many others, I had some chores to run. But as a result, I’m now behind going into my weekend. I also knock off on Friday afternoon until Monday morning…You be blessed as well, my friend!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. America On Coffee

    May 19, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    ☀😎 Hey, keep it restful and right!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Light Ministry Blog

    May 22, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Some good advice and very well said! Thank you…

    Liked by 1 person


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