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A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke

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"A Change Is Gonna Come" is a 1964 single by R&B singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, written and first recorded in 1963 and released under the RCA Victor label shortly after his death in late 1964. Though only a modest hit for Cooke in comparison with his previous singles, the song came to exemplify the sixties' Civil Rights Movement. The song has gained in popularity and critical acclaim in the decades since its release.

Tbis wonderful song has been covered many times. I'll only address a few performances in this overview.

In late summer 2008, Seth Rudetsky worked up a performance with Cheyenne Jackson for a benefit for the NY Civil Liberties Union (the NY chapter of the ACLU.) Seth gives a behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal in the videos below; here's Cheyenne's performance at the benefit:

Long-time viewers of theBestArts know that we became huge fans of Adam Lambert as soon as we heard his American Idol audition in January 2009. In February 2009, we posted a list of song suggestions for him to perform on the show. Adam had little leeway in song choice until the very end of the season. Our top suggestion was "A Change is Gonna Come" which, probably coincidentally, Adam performed during the Idol finale:


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Gay Marriage - A Change is Gonna Come - Adam Lambert, MLK, Obama

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Gay Marriage - A Change is Gonna Come - Adam Lambert, MLK, Obama
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Cheyenne Jackson sings A Change Is Gonna Come
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Seth Rudetsky thinks Cheyenne Jackson is a brava!!!!
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Matt Doyle sings Change Is Gonna Come
  • Matt Doyle sings "Change Is Gonna Come" - 03:31
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Seal - A change is gonna come 2008
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Lauryn Hill A Change Is Gonna Come ( acoustic )
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AL GREEN - A Change is Gonna Come
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Billy Preston - A Change Is Gonna Come
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A Change Is Gonna Come - Adam Lambert, studio
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Adam Lambert A Change is gonna come the official-unofficial videoclip!
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Playing For Change Band: A Change Is Gonna Come (live)
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Al Green A Change Is Gonna Come - Live
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Terence Trent d Arby  - A Change Is Gonna Come.
  • Terence Trent d Arby - A Change Is Gonna Come. - 04:51
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Gilbert L. Bailey II performs A Change Is Gonna Come
  • Gilbert L. Bailey II performs "A Change Is Gonna Come" - 03:10
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Joshua Henry Go Back Home / Change Is Gonna Come
  • Joshua Henry "Go Back Home" / "Change Is Gonna Come" - 04:59
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