Next week, of course, will mark the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assasination on November 22, 1963 in Dallas. Here is one of the many topical tribute songs about the death of the President, this one from my hometown of Atlanta. Lee Roy Abernathy, who delivers the recitation on this 45, was a prolific gospel artist from Cartersville, Georgia.
Abernathy, who apparently liked cutting topical tunes, also recorded campaign songs for FDR and Eugene Talmadge, Georgia's governor from 1933 to 1937 and again from 1941 to 1943. And in 1947, Abernathy released The Burning Of The Winecoff Hotel which detailed the nation's deadliest hotel fire ever.
Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for Kennedy's murder inside the Texas Theatre, located at 231 West Jefferson Boulevard in Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhood. On the anniversary of Kennedy's death, the theatre will commemorate the occasion by hosting "JFK Day" and playing the same films that were running on the day of the assassination (War Is Hell and Cry Of Battle), along with some other thematic offerings. More details on the event can be found on the Dallas Observer's Unfair Park blog.