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Published on Jan 24, 2008
A tribute... "Abraham, Martin & John" is a 1968 song written by Dick Holler and first recorded by Dion. It is a tribute to the memories of icons of social change, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. It was written as a response to the assassinations of King and the younger Kennedy in April and June 1968. Other famous late-1960s versions were recorded in short order by Motown's Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (whose cover also became an American Top 40 single in 1969, reaching #33) and Marvin Gaye (whose cover became a top-ten hit (#9) in England in 1970). Gaye's version was never released in the U.S. as a single but was featured on his 1970 album, That's the Way Love Is, and was one of his first experiments with social messages in his music which would culminate in his legendary 1971 album, What's Going On. In addition, comedian Moms Mabley performed a version that hit the U.S. Top 40, reaching #35 in 1969. This version was featured on the soundtrack of Brazilian soap opera Beto Rockfeller (1968-1969).