Sam Moore’s “They Killed a King” remembers the murder of MLK and its legacy

“Today sees the release of the first new recording in almost eight years from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore, with whom Bruce Springsteen has recorded and performed, calling him “the original Soul Man and one of the greatest voices of all time.” Moore has recorded “They Killed a King,” a song originally written in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which occurred 46 years ago today. Its release comes on the heels of last June’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the Civil Rights Movement’s key legislative achievements. Moore recently stated, “I am troubled that all Martin stood for is suddenly reversing, and I hope that this song might have some impact and remind us what Martin lost his life fighting so that all of us could achieve.” The song received its live debut on Tuesday during Moore’s performance at New York’s City Winery [below.]