As I've posted before, I consider Sam Cooke's "Change Is Gonna Come" the greatest song of our era. It's still little known that Sam's response to Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" becoming the new anthem of the civil rights movement--as it was enshrined at the March on Washington in 1963, via Peter, Paul and Mary--was to 1) record that song himself 2) determine that a black writer should pen such an anthem. So he wrote "Change Is Gonna Come," inspired you might say by Dylan and Martin Luther King Jr. Here's Sam and below that the Peter, Paul and Mary performance at the march. Great article at the New Yorker covers what I wrote and much more.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Greatest Song Inspired by Civil Rights Struggle and Dylan--and "Ol' Man River"?
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