Talk:A Change Is Gonna Come

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Rendition on The Tonight Show[edit]

I recently contacted Johnny Carson's people and asked if the performance of "A Change Is Gonna Come" still survived, but according to a Carson archivist, Sam never the sung. I'm certain I was right about the date, I just checked it against this article and Peter Guralnick's biography. It's the same date. I wonder who is correct?

Matt.Wheeler 21:42, 13 March 2007 (UTC)

Malcolm X[edit]

We read: Though the song was featured prominently in the 1992 film Malcolm X, it could not be included in the film's soundtrack.

Perhaps merely because I haven't seen the film, this makes no sense to me. (The second half seems to contradict the first half.) Guesses:

  • Although the song is discussed within the 1992 film Malcolm X, it is never heard within the film.
  • Although the song is featured prominently in the 1992 film Malcolm X, it could not be included on the soundtrack CD.

Note: The latter is correct. The song was featured in the film; however, it could not be released on the film soundtrack because of licensing issues. Hoary 05:39, 11 July 2006 (UTC)

Note: On previous note: Your correction repeats the original confusion. It should read "it could not be released on the film soundtrack CD"...

Ragtopcaddy 13:41, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

GA Re-Review and In-line citations[edit]

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LuciferMorgan 00:42, 8 November 2006 (UTC)

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Djuan Trent[edit]

On, she writes "I suppose I should clarify at this point, my grandparents (TeTe and Sarge) did NOT write that song. As far as I know, that song was originally written and recorded by the late Sam Cooke. My grandfather loves Sam Cooke, and he used to sing "Change Gone Come" to me all the time when I was growing up." I'm removing the reference to the claim about her grandparents writing the song, but keeping in that she performed the song. If there are any objections, let me know. - TW — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:53, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

Memphis or LA ?[edit]

The body of this article says the song was recorded in Los Angeles but the liner notes and the right-side info box says Memphis. Can anybody clarify? --Atikokan (talk) 03:39, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes)[edit]

Said in an interview that it was his favorite song of all time. I thought it was interesting, and the clip is below. I really am not a wiki contributor so I'll allow the people who actually check this page to decide if its worthy or not. Anyway, here's the link: —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:39, 14 October 2009 (UTC)

Circumstances surrounding arrest in Shreveport[edit]

The article states, "The second major incident came on October 8, 1963, when Cooke and his band tried to register at a "whites only" motel in Shreveport, Louisiana and were summarily arrested for disturbing the peace." The circumstances of this arrest are described in more detail in a two-hour radio documentary "Mr. Soul: A Tribute to Sam Cooke" on the American Public Media program American Routes. According to that source, the discrimination he suffered was unprovoked, but his arrest was triggered by his angry reaction: leaning on his horn as he drove through the town. This factoid in no way changes the meaning of the event, but the description strikes me as too facile and clichéd. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cspooner (talkcontribs) 04:11, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Dead link[edit]

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Recording date: Nov. 16, 1964 date is basically wrong[edit]

The article currently says that the song was recorded on Nov. 16, 1964, citing some liner notes from 2003. I think there's a glitch. Here are 2 sources indicating an earlier date: another Wikipedia article on Ain't That Good News (album) and a podcast. The present article may reflect the date on which sound technicians completed a shorter version of the song for its release as a single. Oaklandguy (talk) 23:17, 10 October 2015 (UTC)