Martin Luther King in Music


January 12th, 2000 ~ The spirit of the late Civil Rights leader informs this bittersweet, but uplifting, look back and ahead with music from Sam Cooke, Herbie Hancock, and Johnny Cash. Plus gospel singer Mavis Staples recalls her family's involvement with Dr. King.

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  • A Change Is Gonna Come King Curtis
    The Best of King Curtis, Capitol Jazz
  • Address To Civil Rights Marchers in Washington D.C. Martin Luther King
    Great Speeches of the 20th Century, Rhino
  • Woke up this Morning with My Mind on Freedom SNCC Freedom Singers
    Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Stand Sly & the Family Stone
    Anthology, Epic
  • Free At Last Horace Silver
    A Prescription for the Blues, Impulse
  • Get Up Stand Up Bob Marley
    Legend, Island
  • Let Your Mind Be Free Soul Rebels
    Let Your Mind Be Free, Mardi Gras
  • Instrumental: The Lost Souls (Of Southern Louisiana) The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
    This is Jazz 30, Columbia/Legacy
  • Mississippi Goddamn Nina Simone
    In Concert, Mercury
  • Oxford Town Bob Dylan
    The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Columbia
  • I Shall Be Released The Band
    Across the Great Divide, Capitol
  • INTERVIEW: Mavis Staples
  • Why Am I Treated so Bad Staples Singers
    Freedom Highway, Columbia/Legacy
  • Long Walk to D.C. Staples Singers
    The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles 1968-1971, Stax
  • Instrumental: Soul Serenade Willie Mitchell
    Hi Times: The Hi Records R & B Years, Hi
  • Pride (In the Name of Love) U2
    The Unforgettable Fire, Island
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water Aretha Franklin
    The Very Best of Aretha Franklin Vol. 2, Rhino
  • Abraham Martin & John Smokey Robinson
    Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Anthology, Motown
  • I Have A Dream Herbie Hancock
    Jazz Profile: Herbie Hancock, Blue Note
  • All Men Are Made By God Highway QC's
    World's Greatest Gospel, Roadshow/HOB
  • Martin Luther King Southside Joe Turner
    Everyday I Have the Blues, Pablo
  • Sister Rosa Neville Brothers
    Yellow Moon, A & M
  • Prayer for Passive Resistance Charles Mingus
    Passions of a Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1956-1961, Rhino
  • Instrumental: March! For Martin Luther King John Fahey
    The Yellow Princess, Vanguard
  • Strange Fruit Billie Holiday
    Lady Day's 25 Greatest Hits, ASV
  • Victor Nelson's Cotton Field, Elgin, Texas, 1940 Jevetta Steele
    African Portraits/Hannibal/Chicago Symphony, Teldec
  • Man in Black Johnny Cash
    Columbia Country Classics, Columbia
  • The Death of MLK Big Joe Williams
    Shake Your Boogie, Arhoolie
  • Fight the Power Public Enemy
    Fear of a Black Planet, Def Jam
  • Instrumental: Hotwax Beck
    Odelay, DGC
  • Will the Circle be Unbroken Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & friends
    Will the Circle be Unbroken, United Artists
  • In the Sweet Bye and Bye Michael White with Danny Barker
    recorded live in 1990 at Carnegie Hall for Folk Masters radio series,
  • report from the MLK funeral disc jockey Ben Perry
    Black Radio' series, Radio Smithsonian
  • A Change Is Gonna Come Sam Cooke
    The Man and his Music, RCA