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‘They Killed A King’

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

WillieMitchell 600(BLACK PR WIRE) – Grammy-winning Sam Moore – best known for lending his unmistakable lead vocals to the historic soul duo Sam & Dave – hailed from Miami but found fame tied to the Memphis-based Stax Records. His latest work has him returning to Memphis to record a piece of history.

"They Killed A King," is Sam's latest musical endeavor. It was recorded at Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios, where Anne Peebles and Al Green cut their hit records back in the day, during the 2014 MLK Holiday weekend. It was released officially on Friday, April 4th, the 46th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination in Memphis at the Lorraine Motel.

Moore knew and traveled with Dr. King, performing with duo partner Dave at many of Dr. King's speeches and rallies in both the north and south. "Sam and Dave" actually served as an opening act, setting the crowds up for Dr. King to take the pulpit or stage and preach his message.

"I am from the era, I'm a real live living witness to one of the greatest, if not the greatest, positive social changes in all recorded American history because of Dr. King's leadership and efforts," says Sam Moore.

SamMoorecover"I am troubled that all that Martin worked so hard to accomplish is suddenly reversing. I hope that this song might have some impact to remind us of what Martin lost his life over, that his goal of ending the separatism by color was so that all of us could have the equal opportunity to achieve."

Moore said he recently heard a 1964 interview of Dr. King, who explained that his goal was "inclusion" not "exclusion."

"He was very clear about that and went on to say the 'revolution,' at that moment in history, was not what one would generally think of – there was no intent to overthrow a government, no violence, but rather it was about being allowed in to participate in what had been written at the time our great country was created, that being participation in what it was understood America stood for."

Moore continues to record and tour 30 years after "Sam and Dave" disbanded. He will be back in Memphis on April 26th to perform "They Killed A King" and some of his hits with the students from the Stax Music Academy.


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