1970: Abraham, Martin and John by Marvin Gaye

Composed by Dick Holler. First performed by American singer Dion in 1968. Marvin Gaye recorded the song in 1970 for his tenth studio album, That’s the Way Love Is. The song is a tribute to four assassinated Americans who were all icons of social change: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jnr, John F Kennedy, and Robert F Kennedy. It was written in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jnr and Robert F Kennedy in April and June 1968 respectively. Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He helped to shape the sound of Motown music in the 1960’s. He died from gunshot injuries in 1984, aged 44 years. The person who shot him was his father, Marvin Gay Snr. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. Marvin Gaye’s ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.