Articles – Essays

A selection of essays relating to the early R&B scene.


Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke and the significance of “A Change Is Gonna Come”
– by Redmond Smith

Extract: “A Change is Gonna Come” was written by Sam Cooke some time in 1963 and was initially released in February of 1964 as the first track on side two of “Ain’t That Good News”, his twelfth and final studio album.

Carl Perkins in 1956

“Some Blues Roots of Rock ‘n Roll Music”

– by Max Haymes

Extract: … Of course the term ‘rock ‘n roll’ itself came originally from black parlance in the first two decades of this century; and originally meant …