Retro of the day: Dion

Abraham, Martin and John” is a 1968 song written by Dick Holler and first recorded by Dion. It is a tribute to the memory of four assassinated Americans, all icons of social change, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. It was written in response to the assassinations of King and the younger Kennedy in April and June 1968.

Each of the first three verses features one of the men named in the song’s title, for example:

Anybody here, seen my old friend Abraham –

Can you tell me where he’s gone?

He freed a lot of people, but it seems the good die young

But I just looked around and he’s gone.

 

Another interesting version by Mom Mabley I ran across:

 

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