MLK: Sounds and Spirits


January 14th, 2004 ~ Honoring the late Civil Rights leader with two hours of songs and stories in his spirit from inspiring leaders in music past and present. Harry Belafonte--a confidant of MLK-- recalls his career in music and social activism, including the "Anthology of African-American Music." Plus tales of one of jazz's great eccentrics - Sun Ra - remembered by band members Marshall Allen and Michael Ray, and biographer John Szwed.

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  • Open Bed: Pop's Instrumental Staple Singers
    Soul Folk In Action, Stax
  • Address To Civil Rights Marchers in Washington D.C. Martin Luther King
    Great Speeches of the 20th Century, Rhino
  • Swing, Low Sweet Chariot / Every Time I Feel The Spirit Paul Robeson
    The Power And The Glory, Sony
  • Compared To What Les McCann
    Swiss Movement, Rhino
  • The Death of Dr. Martin Luther King Big Joe Williams
    Shake Your Boogie, Arhoolie
  • Everybody Will Be Happy The Staple Singers
    Great Day, Fantasy
  • We Shall Overcome Laurel Aitken
    The Pioneer of Jamaican Music, Reggae Retro
  • Instrumental: Freedom Sound The Skatalites
    Ball of Fire, Island
  • INTERVIEW: Harry Belafonte
  • Instrumental: I Have a Dream Herbie Hancock
    Jazz Profile: Herbie Hancock, Blue Note
  • 34 Blues Charley Patton
    Screamin' and Hollerin' The Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton, Revenant
  • Oxford Town Bob Dylan
    The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Sony
  • Mississippi Goddam Nina Simone
    In Concert / I Put A Spell On You, PolyGram
  • O, Day Bessie Jones
    Southern Journey Vol.12: Georgia. Sea Islands, Rounder
  • Blackbird The Beatles
    The Beatles [White Album], Capitol
  • God Bless the Child Dave Van Ronk
    Two Sides of Dave Van Ronk, Fantasy
  • Watch My Step / Movin' On Up Keith Frank
    Movin' On Up!, Maison de Soul
  • We're A Winner Curtis Mayfield & Impressions
    People Get Ready: Curtis Mayfield Story, Rhino
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain Bob Marley & The Wailers
    Trenchtown Rock: The Anthology 1969-78, Trojan
  • Let Your Mind Be Free Soul Rebels
    Let Your Mind Be Free, Mardi Gras
  • Instrumental: Riot Miles Davis Quintet
    The Best of the Miles Davis Quintet, Columbia/Legacy
  • INTERVIEW: John Szwed, Marshall Allen and Michael Ray on Sun Ra
  • Joe Louis Is a Fightin' Man The Dixieaires
    Joe Louis: An American Hero, Rounder
  • King Joe, Part 1 Count Basie and His Orchestra with Paul Robeson
    Joe Louis: An American Hero, Rounder
  • John Henry Big Bill Broonzy
    Sings Folk Songs, Folkways
  • Instrumental: John Henry Duane Eddy
    The Twang's the Thang/Songs of Our Heritage, Bear Family
  • What is Truth Johnny Cash
    The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983, Columbia/Legacy
  • Your Flag Decal Won't Get You into Heaven Anymore John Prine
    John Prine, Atlantic
  • Down By The Riverside Snooks Eaglin
    Country Boy In New Orleans, Arhoolie
  • Just a Little While to Stay Here Dr. Michael White
    A Song For George Lewis, Basin Street
  • End Bed: Goodbye, Everybody Joseph Armstrong
    Southern Journey Vol.12: Georgia Sea Islands, Rounder