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Interviews & Profiles

Sam Cooke in 1964, performing on the ABC variety show Shindig! just a few months before his death that December.

February 1, 2014 The story of "A Change Is Gonna Come" is as amazing, and unsettling, as the song itself.

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December 16, 2007 A civil rights anthem, "A Change Is Gonna Come" came to be heralded as Sam Cooke's magnum opus.

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March 29, 2006 The story of how Sam Cooke became a musical success story is the subject of a new book.

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November 16, 2005 A new book charts the life and tragic death of soul music icon Sam Cooke.

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Discover Songs

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February 9, 2009 Hear a special Valentine's Day mix tape from All Songs Considered.

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February 13, 2008 On this edition of All Songs Considered NPR listeners share their favorite love songs.

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August 24, 2005 New music from Death Cab for Cutie; Remembering 9-11 with John Vanderslice; The madcap music of ...

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News

Sam Cooke in an RCA Recording Studio in Los Angeles, circa 1959.

January 21, 2011 In honor of the soul legend's 80th birthday, a few questions about what might have been.

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October 31, 2005 A new book profiles Sam Cooke, from his roots in gospel to his legendary career as an R&B singer.

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Reviews

Betty Davis

February 9, 2009 Hear a special Valentine's Day mix tape from All Songs Considered.

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More Stories

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November 5, 2013 More unreleased Beatles recordings are on the way. Hear a rare cut and more on this week's mix.

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January 18, 2010 Hear five blues and jazz songs about the movement's setbacks, hardships and hard-won victories.

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Gillian Welch

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Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Hear essential recordings and performances from the lauded quartet.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

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