Tuesday, 18 September 2012
The Good They Die Young
I've had this song running around my head for a while now.
Abraham, Martin and John is an ode to four of the leaders of social change in the USA and who also all happened to be assassinated for their efforts. It was written by Dick Holler in the wake of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy's shootings in 1968. There is huge sadness in Dion's delivery, a singer better known for the likes of The Wanderer and Runaround Sue.
The song has been covered by a variety of singers from Marvin Gaye to Andy Williams. Wilson Pickett recorded a version of the song, changing the title to Cole, Cooke and Redding in tribute to Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding and with lyrics relevant to the three great singers but for me it just doesn't do either the song or his subjects justice and is not a patch on William Bell's Tribute To A King.
Dion - Abraham, Martin and John