Louis Armstrong Back in the Day

Louis Armstrong Back in the Day
With His Signature White Handkerchief and Smile

The significance of the blues aesthetic for those who are not professionally conversant in musical notation or the academic discipline of music or jazz history.

Friday, May 14

A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke

The young and stylish Aretha.  Nobody like her ever.

"A Change is Gonna Come" was a 1964 single written and first recorded in 1963 and released by RCA Victor shortly after his death in 1964.  The song came to be emblematic of the sixties Civil Rights Movement with its inflections of protest, utopian aspirations for freedom and soulfulness.  They say Cooke was moved by two incidents in writing this song.  The first was the death of his 18 month old son Vincent in accidentally drowned in June of that year.  The second incident was when Cooke and his band were arrested for disturbing the peace for trying to register at a hotel in Shreveport, Louisiana.  The change that is coming presumably relates to the loosening of racial segregation and hatred, which he would not live to see.

Aretha Franklin did a crucial recording of this song as well in which her mourning the premature death of death of her dear friend and musical mentor is evident.  Otis Redding, whose death occured prematurely as well, also did an important recording of the song in 1965.

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