Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.

This week we’re listening to A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr., which charts Dr. Martin Luther King’s musical biography. From the church songs that resonated with him to the classical music with which he wooed his wife, Terrance illustrates how Dr. King brilliantly harnessed the power of music to affect personal as well as universal change. We'll hear Marian Anderson and Pete Seeger, as well as Duke Ellington and Mahalia Jackson, all threads in the civil rights movement that helped Dr. King's cause.

We'll also hear examples of how the musical community responded to Dr. King's call to action--and continue his legacy today--with works by Leonardo Balada and Nicolas Flagello.

Playlist:

Precious Lord Take My Hand
Gospel
Stan Whitmire, piano
Green Hill Productions

Soon, One Mornin'
Spiritual
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways 40194

Gone With the Wind: Tara's Theme
Max Steiner
Charles Gerhardt, conductor
National Philharmonic Orchestra
RCA Victor
Ave Maria
Franz Schubert
Marian Anderson, voice
WNYC Archive

My Country 'tis of Thee
Traditional
Marian Anderson, voice
WNYC Archive

Brothers, Sing On
Edvard Grieg
Morehouse College Glee Club
MCGC 1990

Lonesome Trail Blues
Bumble Bee Slim
Document Records

Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
Billie Holiday, vocals
Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra
Sony 85979

One O'Clock Jump
Count Basie and His Orchestra
Columbia/Legacy

Der Nussbaum No. 3, Op. 25
Robert Schumann
Marian Anderson, voice
Franz Rupp, piano
Nimbus 7895

Louise: Depuis le jour

Gustave Charpentier
Dorothy Maynor, soprano
Arpad Sando, piano
Bride Records 9233

Plaisir D'Amour
Johann Paul A. Martini
Paul Robeson, bass
Angel/EMI 15586

Symphony No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 21
George Chadwick
Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Chandos 9334

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83
Johannes Brahms
Arthur Rubenstein, piano
Charles Munch, conductor
Boston Symphony Orchesta
RCA 63022

Lucia di Lammermoor: Regnava del silencio
Gaetano Donizetti
Beverly Sills, soprano
Thomas Schippers, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Deutsche Grammaphon 471250

The Alabama bus
Brother Will Hairston
Brother Will Hairston, vocals
Various Artists
Pony Canyon

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round
Spiritual
The Freedom Singers
Smithsonian Folkways 5488

We Shall not be Moved
Spiritual
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways 5594

Elijah Rock
arr. by J. Hairston
Mahalia jackson, voice
Columbia 47083

Black, Brown, Beige: Black
Duke Ellington
The Carnegie Hall Concerts, January 1943
Fantasy Records

King Fit de battle of Alabama

Duke Ellington
Irving Bunton Singers
Sony

Guys and Dolls: The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York)
Frank Loesser
The Rat Pack Live at the Sands
Capitol records

Amen
Otis Redding
Otis Redding,voice
Rhino Atlantic

We Shall Overcome
Pete Seeger
Smithsonian Folkways 40096

We Shall Overcome

Pete Seeger
The Freedom Singers
Dorothy Cotton, vocals
Pete Seeger, vocals
Smithsonian Folkways 40062

Only a pawn in their Game
Bob Dylan
Columbia Records

Oh freedom
Odetta
Grammercy Records

Alabama
John Coltrane
John Coltrane, saxophone
Verve Records

Freedom Now Suite: Freedom Day
Max Roach
Max Roach, drums
Abbey Lincoln, vocals
Coleman Hawkins, saxophone
Candid Records

Fables of Faubus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus, bass
John Handy, Booker Ervin, Shafi Hadi, saxophones
Willie Dennis, Jimmy Knepper, trombones
Horace Parlan, piano
Dannie Richmond, drums
Columbia Reocrds

Change is Gonna Come
Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke,voice
ABKCO Records

People Get Ready
Curtis Mayfield
Curits mayfield and the Impressions
Geffen Records

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Spiritual
Robert Parris Moses, vocals
Smithsonian Folkways

There is a Balm in Gilead
Spiritual
The Florida A&M University Concert Choir
Smithsonian Folkways

Precious Lord Take My Hand

Gospel
Stan Whitmire, piano
Green Hill Productions

Precious Lord Take My Hand
Mahalia Jackson, voice
Columbia/Legacy

Precious Lord Take My Hand
Gospel
Stan Whitmire, piano
Green Hill Productions

The Passion of Martin Luther King
Nicolas Flagello
Raymond Bazemore, bass
Portland Symphonic Choir
James DePreist, conductor
Oregon Symphony
KOCH International 7293

Symphony No. 1 (Homage to M.Luther King)
Leonardo Balada
Enrique Garcia Asensio, conductor
Spanish Radio/TV Symph. Orch.
Albany 474