0 Martin Luther King Jr. Saluted with Song

  • Music
  • by Hugh Smith
  • 04/02/2008

Friday, April 4, 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Here are 2 video tributes we created using a couple of albums, now out of print, that salute the Martin Luther King Jr. legacy.


In 1973, a 2nd annual Benefit Concert for the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change was held at the Omni arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

RCA Records was a big sponsor of the event. Many of their artists performed.

Here's the rundown of the original double album.

Keep The Dream Alive

Side 1

Introduction: Mrs. Coretta Scott King
"Precious Lord" - Linda Hopkins
"It's My Belief" - Linda Hopkins
"No One's Gonna Be a Fool Forever" - Friends of Distinction
Medley: "Love Or Let Me Be Lonely," "Going In Circles," "Time Waits for No One," "Grazing In The Grass" - Friends of Distinction

Side 2

"Hey Leroy" - The Jimmy Castor Bunch
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - The Jimmy Castor Bunch
"Betcha By Golly Wow" - The Jimmy Castor Bunch
"Troglodyte (Cave Man)" - The Jimmy Castor Bunch
Geraldine struts her stuff (Flip Wilson)

Side 3

"Make It With You" - Main Ingredient
"Work To Do" - Main Ingredient
Medley: "You've Been My Inspiration," "Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling In Love)," "I'm So Proud," "Everybody Plays the Fool" - Main Ingredient
Comments: Mrs. Coretta Scott King

Side 4

"Ain't No Sunshine" - Jose Feliciano
"We've Only Just Begun" - Jose Feliciano
"Oye Como Va" - Jose Feliciano
Comments: Flip Wilson
Funny Talk: Flip Wilson
"Don't Knock My Love" pts. 1 & 2 - Wilson Pickett
"Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You" - Wilson Pickett

Keep the Dream Alive was a great concert featuring strong performances. The Atlanta community supported the effort with a large turnout. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered - Selma the Musical - 1976. Read the notes from playwright Tommy Butler about the Martin Luther King Jr. Selma Musical.