Happy Birthday to the immortal Sam Cooke. Hard to believe, but he would’ve been 88 years old today. As a singer,songwriter, performer, civil rights activist and entrepreneur, he was ahead of his time in so many ways and it’s hard not to think about what his life and music would have been like as he evolved with the world around him. However, he has left his the timeless gift of his voice, music and message. Enjoy.

“You Send Me”,(Sam Cooke), Sam Cooke; Diamond/1958

“A Change is Gonna Come”, (Sam Cooke), Ain’t That Good News, RCA Victor/1964

“Bring It On Home to Me”, Sam Cooke, Live At Harlem Square Club – RCA Victor/1963