Music on Mondays (1-19-15)—One man come in the name of love

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

In 1997, Jim and I visited Atlanta, our main interest being the site of the 1996 Olympics and Centennial Olympic Park bombing, and the CNN headquarters.

mlkAfter our Atlanta visit, I considered The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, 35 acres, the most interesting place in Atlanta that we had visited—the Sweet Auburn Historic District, King’s boyhood home, and the historic Ebeneezer Baptist Church where both King Jr. and King Sr. were pastors.

Since today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday and, in California, a state holiday, I thought I’d explore songs about Martin Luther King Jr.

When I went looking for such songs, interestingly I found two by a little Irish band called U2.

Whoever thought that such a historic man in the United States would be of such interest to a band from Ireland?

Both songs, “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” and “MLK,” are from U2’s classic 1984 album, “The Unforgettable Fire.”

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Interestingly to me, “The Unforgettable Fire” reached #1 on the album charts in Australia, New Zealand, and Britain, but only #5 in Canada and #12 in the United States.

“Pride (In The Name Of Love)” made it to #1 on the single chart in New Zealand, #2 in Ireland, and #3 in Britain, but only #27 in Canada and #33 in the United States.

I think that’s telling considering that we still have significant racial problems here in the United States. Maybe Canada is more closely aligned to the United States than I once thought….

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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12 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (1-19-15)—One man come in the name of love

  1. philosophermouseofthehedge

    That is interesting.
    The Irish connection shouldn’t be too surprising – they have been underdogs and treated poorly by many throughout history, too – and have used similar musical/folk traditions to maintain their heritage.
    (Atlanta is it’s own universe, still)
    Great post!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Yep. Many decades ago I had the opportunity for a business trip to Ireland. I declined because of the activity of the INLA/PLA and the Provisional IRA. That was when Sir Paul McCartney recorded “Give Ireland Back to the Irish.”.

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