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Fact #79061


Short story:

When black rights crusader Martin Luther King is assassinated, - killed by a sniper's bullet while standing on the balcony in front of his room at The Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, - riots erupt across America. James Brown goes on national tv to try to calm things down. King's life and work will be comemorated in such songs as Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder, MLK by U2, Abraham Martin And John by Dion, Save The Country by Laura Nyro and Begin The Begin by R.E.M.

Full article:

Steve Cropper (guitarist, Booker T And The MG's) : The day Martin Luther King was assassinated, that whole musical aura at Stax - the bubble was burst. Never was the same and will never ever be the same. You know, I always said it didn't have to happen in the first place and why did it have to happen in Memphis? A quiet town and everybody got along. You look back, and there were things happening around me that I wasn't aware of. My buddies didn't talk to me about it. We never had a problem. We went to each other's houses, we hung out, we went to restaurants together, we were blood brothers if anything else. We were family. Big time family.
(Source : interview with Harvey Kubernik, 2007)