A Change Is Gonna Come

“A Change Is Gonna Come” was composed and first released by Sam Cooke in 1964, after he and his team were turned away from a whites-only motel in Louisiana. It's often thought of as Cooke's most influential song, and frequently appears in lists of 'the greatest songs ever'. So why doesn't Cooke's rendition appear in this list? The honest answer? — oversight. When drawing up this list, I'd completely forgotten that it was a Sam Cooke composition and selected 10 covers based on 'listen-ability' at that moment. Probably, a bad decision, but one I can live with. Cooke is such a giant of Soul — arguably, it's first great performer — that he'll appear in countless lists and features to come. As you can see from the 1961 list. Late 50s R&B and German Wednesday make up the numbers.



A Change Is Gonna Come


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