Song of the Week: “What the World Needs Now is Love/Abraham, Martin and John” (Tom Clay)

 Please welcome Lorfimus Prime back for another Song of the Week post!

JFK at 100?  Hard to picture.

James Dean. Marilyn Monroe. Elvis Presley. John Lennon. Unlike Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Bette Davis whom the world got to see in their “golden years,” icons that died before their time are forever young and almost impossible to picture in old age. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States, would have turned one hundred on May 29, 2017. The dashing, handsome young man whose presidency was metaphorically compared to the perfect legendary Camelot died at an assassin’s hand at forty-six. Would JFK have retained his youthful, boyish good looks? Would he have turned to a dignified graying elder statesman? Lee Harvey Oswald left that to conjecture.

For our song of the week, we commemorate JFK. He is mentioned in numerous songs including Dream Academy’s “Life in a Northern Town,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” by the Rolling Stones, and Eminem’s “Public Enemy #1.” Dion DiMucci remembered Kennedy along with the assassinated Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, and Bobby Kennedy his 1968 top ten hit “Abraham, Martin and John”. Our choice for song of the week comes from 1971 and the only charted record by Los Angeles disc jockey Tom Clay. Clay took a version of the aforementioned Dion hit, added clips from news broadcasts, and constructed a medley with another top ten hit “What the World Needs Now is Love,” which Jackie DeShannon took to #7 in 1965. Clay made the top ten as a narrator, with vocals provided by The Blackberries.

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