Sam Cooke “A Change is Gonna Come”

Twistin' the Night Away, You Send Me, Wonderful World, Having a Party... and the list of Sam Cooke hits goes on and on. From the producers who created the award-winning documentaries on Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams, 90.3 WCPN ideastream now pays tribute to legendary soul sensation and social activist, Sam Cooke, in a one-hour radio documentary - Sam Cooke - A Change is Gonna Come. This profile of the pop music superstar is told through his music and the stories of the people who knew him best, as listeners are taken on a tuneful journey that traces Cooke's amazing life and mysterious death.

Through this program, listeners hear a different story about a man who fought against the indignities suffered by African American performers on tour though the south in the 1950s and 60s. In addition, Sam Cooke was a trailblazer: he owned his own songs, started his own record company and used his music as a tool of social change in the African American community and beyond.

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