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Happy Birthday Sam Cooke

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Yesterday was soul singer Sam Cooke's birthday.  Sam would have been 82 this year, had he not been shot in 1964.  Shortly after his untimely death, RCA/Victor released one of his greatest hits.  "A Change Is Gonna Come" was recorded by Cooke in 1963, as a personal reflection of the Civil Right Movement.

 

 

This track has been covered by a large number of artists over the years.  Otis Redding, The Supreme, Aretha Franklin, Al Green and more recently, by Herbie Hancock on THE IMAGINE PROJECT.