Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Sam Cooke

Check out this version of the Dylan folk classic Blowin' in the Wind by Sam Cooke (1931 - 1964). This Wikipedia post states that Blowin' in the Wind was a real shocker for Cooke, here was a fantastic anti-racism protest song and it was written by a white guy. The above video shows that even with an orchestra and clapping dancers Cooke could make that folk song his own, with his own pop/r&b style. Cooke also chose to answer Dylan's songcraft with his own protest song A Change is Gonna Come.

Hat Tip to Scott Johson at Powerline for the inspiration and reminder with his great How Far Am I From Canaan?

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