Teddy Prendergrass takes the lead vocal as Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes sing their 1975 smash hit Wake Up, Everybody on Soul Train. If there was ever a time to get woke, that time is now.
Here’s the full-length LP track with lyrics:
But is there really anything to be scared about? After all, there are Pocho Ocho diseases that are way more dangerous than Ebola:
7. Tres bolas
Fifty years ago today, Pres. John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX. JFK’s killing, and then MLK’s, inspired Dion DiMucci, mostly known for his doo-wop work with Dion and the Belmonts, to record a ballad about the lost heroes of a generation, and the song became an unlikely hit for Dion and others (including Marvin Gaye.)
In this clip from the old Merv Griffin show, comic Moms Mabley, known mostly for her “blue” stage act, sings an emotional version of Dion’s classic, Abraham, Martin and John. Moms had a Top 40 hit with the song in 1969. Her version includes Bobby Kennedy.