Don't know much about history...

posted Dec 1, 2012, 8:03 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated Jun 4, 2016, 5:12 AM ]
...said the great Sam Cooke (1931-1964), before he was shot and killed at a motel in Los Angeles:

In the version recorded by Art Garfunkel (1977) with Paul Simon and James Taylor, the following historical verse is added:

Don't know much about the Middle Ages
Looked at the pictures and I turned the pages
Don't know nothing 'bout no rise and fall
Don't know nothing 'bout nothing at all

Sam Cooke, meanwhile, achieved immortality with the song that came out shortly after his death and became the theme of the Civil Rights Movement, 'A Change is Gonna Come', Number 12 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: