A Change Is Gonna Come
Sam Cooke

It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come
Oh, yes, it will

- released 11 days after Cooke's death -

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965
  • the single was released December 22, 1964, after it's appearance on the LP Ain't That Good News (March 1, 1964 release) and after Cooke's death on Dec 11, 1964
  • from the album Ain't That Good News (1964), the last album to be released within Cooke's lifetime
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #12 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • on the record:
       Sam Cooke- vocals
       Norman Bartold- guitar
       Arnold Belnick- guitar
       René Hall- guitar
       Clifton White- guitar
       Harold Battiste- piano
       Chuck Badie- bass
       Earl Palmer- drums
  • written by Sam Cooke
  • Cooke wrote it as a protest song to support the civil rights movement
  • produced by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore
  • arranged and orchestra conducted by Rene Hall
  • recorded December 21, 1963 at RCA Studios, Los Angeles, California
  • Sam Cooke did not live to see the commercial success of "A Change Is Gonna Come" - on December 11, 1964, he was shot and killed by a female motel manager at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California under what many consider mysterious circumstances
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