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#AChangeIsGonnaCome (1963 - RCA Records)

#AChangeIsGonnaCome (1963 - RCA Records) was born out of a series of circumstances that affected the life of #SamCooke The confrontation with students at a civil rights demonstration in Durham, North Carolina; the death of his 18-year-old son Vincent in June of that year; his arrest in October in Shreveport, Louisiana, for simply asking for a room in a 'whites-only' motel; listening to Bob Dylan's 'Blowin' in the Wind'... all these events led Cooke to express a very clear concept: we do not know what is after death and, precisely for this reason, every human being must be guaranteed justice, a life with dignity on this earth. Dylan asked: "how many years can some people exist, before they're allowed to be free?". Cooke replied: "Soon". "A change is gonna come. It is a song that I feel very strongly about and that I love to sing. I think that in times like these, songs like this are more important than ever. In fact, the fact that there is still a need for 'anti-war songs' makes me sad and worried, but there is also hope in this (as the title says) and I think that in times like these, we need to keep the spirit of hope up, especially for those who are suffering. Enjoy listening . Dagmar

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