Duke Ellington’s Musical Homage to Martin Luther King
Duke Ellington wrote the words and music for “My People” for the 1963 Century Of Negro Progress Exposition in Chicago. The show ran less than a month and the original cast album, released on the small Contact label, got very little notice. This blog post by Paul Devlin, posted on Martin Luther King Day, spotlights one of the pieces from the show that was Ellington’s tribute to brave, coolheaded work of Rev. Dr. King. Hear the tune and read the background on the piece and Ellington’s take on the times in this fascinating piece. And be sure to read our recent post on Ellington and Race in America.