50th Anniversary of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” Single Release


One of the greatest songs of the sixties, “A Change is Gonna Come,” was released as a single Christmas week 1964, 50 years ago.

Sam Cooke, the man who wrote and sang the song, had died 11 days earlier.

A Change is Gonna Come” was immediately embraced by Cooke’s grieving fans as an elegy for a great star. But the song came to be about much more than one artist; “A Change is Gonna Come” became an anthem for the civil rights movement in America.

Half a century later, the change is still coming…