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Sam Cooke in 1964, performing on the ABC variety show Shindig! just a few months before his death that December. ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Sam Cooke And The Song That 'Almost Scared Him'

Cooke recorded "A Change is Gonna Come" 50 years ago this week. The story of the song is as amazing, and unsettling, as the song itself.

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Sound designer and composer Steven Baber used state-of-the-art recording equipment to get gorgeous sounds from his bikes. Devin Whetstone hide caption

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Wheels On The Bike Go Round And Round (To Make Music)

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Sam Cooke in 1964, performing on the ABC variety show Shindig! just a few months before his death that December. ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Sam Cooke And The Song That 'Almost Scared Him'

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Change Is Gonna Come Anat Cohen
You Send Me George Winston