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Thread #45805 Message #4085752
Posted By: Dan Schatz
30-Dec-20 - 08:26 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: Keep On Keepin On (Len Chandler)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Keep On Keepin On (Len Chandler)
I recorded this song on my album The Song and the Sigh. In the process of getting permission from Len to use his song, we had a good conversation. This song is particularly meaningful to him (and me).
Len published both "Keep On Keepin' On" and "To be a Man" in Broadside issue 34 in Novemver of 1963. Apparently Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's secretary was playing the Broadside recording when Dr. King walked into the room. After that, the phrase "Keep On keepin' On" started working its way into Dr. King's speeches.