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Fact #189359


Short story:

While Sam And Dave are in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, to play a gig, a bomb placed by the Ku Klux Klan blows apart the 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four black schoolgirls. In 1964, Joan Baez will record Birmingham Sunday, written by Richard Farina, about the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. The song will play a key role in the eventual prosecution of the bombers. The incident will also inspire Nina Simone to write her first civil rights song, Mississippi Goddam, because she "suddenly realised what it was to be black in America in 1963." John Coltrane will record his eulogy, Alabama, two months after the event.

Full article:

Sam Moore (Sam And Dave) : Dave and I were there, across the street at a hotel. We couldn't afford our own rooms, so we were there together, and believe it or not, we had two white girls in the room with us – in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

We were lying up with these young white women, talking and carrying on, and we heard this BOOM, and it shook us! I mean, we jumped up, and we ran to the window, and people were just staring, then they started running. And I remember we went downstairs, and Dave asked what was going on, and the guy at the desk kinda drawled something about, 'Trubble at th' nigger church. You niggers need to stay where you are now.' He wouldn't let us outside!

Then the police started checking the neighborhood, including the hotel rooms. Dave was in a panic. And of course, they came banging up on our door – so hard they splintered it – and I'm not going to lie to you: we put those girls up under our bed, pulled the sheets out over them and tried to act normal.

Next thing you know, these white fellas barge in, all guts-hanging-over-their-belt and one says, 'Who is you niggers?' I said, 'Sam, and this is Dave.' 'Sammy Davis?' he said. He thought we were putting him on.

We told him we were entertainers, and we sang church music. I swear to God, we were so scared our shirts were drenched. Naturally the clerk told them about the girls, and the cop wants to know where they are, but we're not talking. So he says, 'Why don't we have a look around, and if we find them, we cut your dicks off?'

Then, for some reason, he backs off and says, 'We're gonna go downstairs, but we will be back, you understand what I'm saying, boy?' And we got those girls outta there and left up outta there as fast as two people ever did anything.
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