Here’s the 1947 Civil Rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.” It was written by Zilphia Horton using refrains from a Gospel song by Charles Albert Tindley. This version is by Louis Armstrong.
It inspired Dr King to make this speech on the Sunday before he was assassinated.
But today we are not mourning his passing. We are celebrating his birthday so here’s Stevie Wonder’s 1981 song “Happy Birthday” which he wrote in support of the campaign to make today a national holiday.
Happy birthday Dr. King!
Me after reading the video title: Bobby Troup? Hey, is that… OMG it is! “Emergency’s” Dr. Joe Early sings!?
Me *while* watching the video: BAHAHAHAHA! Wicked!
Me *after* watching the video: Wow, he’s really really… not that good is he? There’s only like half an octave in this song and he’s still straining for the top notes.
Me after a bit of research: Wow Dr. Joe Early wrote “Route 66!” He was married to nurse Dixie McCall (Julie London) and she sings too! She, on the other hand, is good!
Bobby Troup was quite an accomplished pianist and composer long before he joined the cast of the long running TV series “Emergency.” His biggest comercial success was the song “Route 66.” He also produced his wife Julie London’s biggest hit “Cry Me A River” which is one of my favorite songs.
A professor of mine once called my class “first generation Sesame Street feminists.” She explained that “Sesame Street” was the first show to model gender equality so, unlike generations before us, the concept of feminism was not foreign to us. We readily embraced the term and proudly called ourselves feminists. I think it’s interesting that most younger women would hesitate to call themselves feminists even though, when asked, they still believe in the same ideals. I’m sad to see the unifying term fall out of favor but I guess labels really don’t matter as long as GIRL POWER reigns supreme!
And now in the interest of equal air time, here is my response from the early days of feminism: