A Change is Gonna Come
by Sam Cooke
Video & Audio
This was Cooke's first hit when he switched over from gospel music to rhythm and blues. This video gives a good glimpse into Sam Cooke, the charismatic heartthrob.
Unfortunately this only includes the audio, but this recording shows an entirely different side to Sam Cooke. This reveals Cooke at his most soulful, his grittiest, and his most raw. The free association introduction he does at the beginning is downright inspired. This is just a conjecture, but most likely he is performing before a black audience in this live recording, while the footage of Cooke singing "You Send Me," was before a mostly white audience. This shows the ways in which Cooke changed his image depending on who he was performing for. He was a major pop sensation partly because of his appeal to white listeners - Cooke was a very non-threatening black musician, his voice like an angel. This live recording shows that he had the ability to sound like and capture an audience like James Brown.
Seal covered and recorded "A Change is Gonna Come" for his 2008 album, Soul. This is a video of him performing it live.