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Posted: 12/03/05 06:15 PM
Author: electra5me
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Name of Song
What was the name of the Martin Luther King tribute song from the 80s? I thought it was "Celebrate (For a King)" but I can't find it anywhere. It was an ensemble of famous people singing like Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys, Whitney Houston, Stacy Lattisaw, Stephanie Mills, etc.


Posted: 12/03/05 09:43 PM
Author: Dan
Location: Claybricks
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Name of Song


Artist: The King Dream Chorus and Holiday Crew

Song: King Holiday

Album: King Holiday

Date: January 20, 1986

Track Listing:

1.LONG
2.SHORT
3.DUB


Songfacts:

This is a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., a civil rights leader who was shot and killed in 1968. Proceeds raised money for the King foundation.
Artists who appeared on this include El DeBarge, Fat Boys, Full Force, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Whitney Houston, Kurtis Blow, Stacy Lattisaw, Lisa Lisa, Teena Marie, Menudo (with Ricky Martin), Stephanie Mills, New Edition, Run-D.M.C., James "J.T." Taylor, and Whodini.
Kurtis Blow wrote this with Phil Barnes and Melle Mel. Says Kurtis: "Dexter Scott King calls me up one day and says, 'This is Martin's son.' Dexter Scott King looks just like his dad and talks just like his dad. He calls me and says, 'Hello, can I speak to Kurtis Blow...' He started telling me this story, and I'm like, Yeah, right. I didn't believe this guy to save my life. He had to call me back, I hung up on him a couple of times. We finally got together and put all these people together."
This came out shortly after the Sun City project, an album and single that raised awareness about Apartheid in South Africa. That project was organized by "Little Steven" Van Zandt, who included Kurtis Blow and some of the other artists who were part of this. Steven was a little upset that he wasn't included in King Holiday. Kurtis felt bad about this, but once he set it up, Dexter Scott King's people took over and started calling everybody, so he didn't get to be a part of it.


Lyrics for: King Holiday

Once a year we celebrate
Washington and Lincoln on their birth dates
And now a third name is added to the list
A man of peace, Drum Major for Justice
Now, now, now every January on the third Monday
We pay homage to the man who paved the way
For freedom, justice and equality
To make the world a better place for you and me
It?s a holiday, it?s a gathering
For the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. King tried to love somebody
(Do you wanna love somebody)
For his sake put your hate away, take a day
(Take a day to love somebody)
Don?t play on the holiday, work to find a better way
(Everybody love somebody now)

Oh, everybody sing
For Martin Luther King
Oh, let freedom ring (that?s right)
For Martin Luther King, now sing

Holiday! Holiday!
King Holiday!
Not a day just for some
It?s a day for everyone

He had a dream, now it?s up to you
He had a dream ,now it?s up to you
To see it through, to make it come true
Now do it

Who do we thank for teaching us
That we all have the strength to love
Mmmm, we thank the prince of non-violence
For showing us the way

How do we show the children of today
How to live together as one
Oh, we?ll sing of a King
And his words will light all of our tomorrows

Dr. King tried to love somebody
(Do you wanna love somebody)
For his sake put your hate away, take a day
(Take a day to love somebody)
Don?t play on the Holiday, work to find a better way
(Everybody love somebody now)

Oh, everybody sing (Come on)
For Martin Luther King (Ah, yeah)
Oh, let freedom ring (That?s right)
For Martin Luther King, now sing

Holiday! Holiday!
King Holiday!
Not a day just for some
It?s a day for everyone

He had a dream now it?s up to you
Because you gotta see it through
and make it come true

Holiday! Holiday! (Mmm)
King Holiday!
Not a day just for some
It?s a day for everyone

He had a dream now, it?s up to you
He had a dream now, it?s up to you
To see it through, to make it come true
Now do it

Listen children of today
Don?t think love has gone away
It?s in your hearts and minds
(How long) Not long

New day will shine
If we just take the chance
His love will glow
Open up the windows

Let the hero shine
Every day in your life
Yours and mine, everybody shine, whoa...
Let it shine, let it shine, woo...whoa...oh...

For the future generation, Dr. King?s medication
For successful operation is peace for every nation

Sing! Celebrate!
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
For a King Celebrate!
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!

Sing! Celebrate!
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
For a King Celebrate!
Everybody in the place

Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
(Celebrate, Celebrate for a King)
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
(What are you waitin? for?)
For a King Celebrate!
(Celebrate every single day, whoa...)
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!

Sing! Celebrate!
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
For a King Celebrate!
Everybody in the place

Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
(Celebrate! Celebrate!)
For a King
(For a King, Celebrate! Celebrate!)
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!

Sing! Celebrate!
For a King Celebrate!
Everybody in the place, come on

Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
(Celebrate! Come on, come on, let?s all Celebrate!)
For a King Celebrate!
(Everybody come on, let?s celebrate!)
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!

Sing! Celebrate!
For a King, celebrate!
Everybody in the place

Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
(Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate!)
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
(What are you waitin? for?)
For a King Celebrate!
(Let it shine, whoa, whoa)
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!

Sing! Celebrate!
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
For a King Celebrate!
Everybody in the place

Sing! Sing!
(Celebrate!)
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
(Celebrate!)
Ooh...ooh...ooh...ooh...ooh...
(Celebrate!)
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
(Celebrate!)
Ooh...ooh...ooh...ooh...ooh...ooh...ooh...ooh...
(Celebrate!)
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!



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Dan
Posted: 01/15/07 05:57 PM
Author: nmarion1
Location: decatur
Posts: 1

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King Holiday Song from 1986
OK Dan, I just read a very old post of your about the King Holiday song from 1986. It took a while to find your posting, I've been looking for this song online for purchase since yesterday. Do you have any advice on how I can go about buying this song??? Yes, I already tried iTunes. Any help would be appreciated!
Posted: 01/15/07 06:04 PM
Author: Dan
Location: Claybricks
Posts: 2969

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King Holiday Song from 1986
Try these places...

www.gemm.com

www.musicstack.com

www.ebay.com

Companies that will transfer vinyl to CD and remaster the music...

www.vinylrevolution.com

www.cdbbq.com

Dan


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