On March 22, 1977, at Brushy Mountain Prison in Tennessee Richard Sprague (Chief Counsel for the House Select Committe on Assassinations), Robert Lehner (Deputy Chief Counsel), Jack Kershaw (Counsel to James Earl Ray), Mary Noel-Kershaw, Gary Revel and others began the first HSCA interview of James Earl Ray.  The HSCA was a Congressional Committee set up to investigate the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy.  Special Investigator Gary Revel was commissioned by Chief Counsel Richard Sprague of the House Select Committee on Assassinations to investigate Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in an effort to prosecute any and all conspirators involved and to follow wherever the investigation led.  That investigation eventually led to the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy.  Richard Sprague was soon replaced by G. Robert Blakey.

Later that year Gary Revel and attorney Mary Noel-Kershaw wrote the song, THEY SLEW THE DREAMER, that contained a story of a conspiracy related to the King killing. In a few months Gary recorded the song and released it as a single 45 rpm record on the Rebel Label.

The song was published by Milene Music Inc. the ASCAP arm of Acuff-Rose Music and soon received front page publicity with the editorial caption that it was a 'James Earl Ray Promotion Gimmick'. This was on the front page and top fold of the newspaper, Nashville Banner. Later Opryland Music Group bought the publishing. In 2002 the publishing was sold to SONY/ATV TUNES LLC-SONY/ATV MILENE MUSIC. Sony continues to publish the song and the new recording remixed with the April 4, 1968 Memphis Police Dispatch recording announcing 'The Reverend King has been shot' is available on iTunes, Rhapsody, Emusic, Amazonmp3 and more. The lyrics to the song are below.


THEY SLEW THE DREAMER
(LYRICS TO SONG)

EARLY IN THE EVENING
THE SUN WAS GOING DOWN
HE STOOD ON THE BALCONY
IN A TROUBLED PART OF TOWN
CALLING TO THE SINGER
SAID SING MY FAVORITE SONG
TAKE MY HAND
PRECIOUS LORD LEAD ME HOME

THEY SLEW THE DREAMER
LET A DREAMER TAKE THE FALL
THEY TURNED THE COURTROOM
INTO A COSTUME BALL
THEY SLEW THE DREAMER
MADE ANOTHER SING THEIR SONG
THEY SLEW THE DREAMER
BUT THE DREAM LIVES ON

THE SHOT RANG OUT IT'S WARNING
THE DREAMER FELL TO DIE
RAUL SLIPPED INTO HIDING
FOLLOWED BY THE NIGHT
THE REAPER NOW IS READY
IT'S TIME TO AWAKE
SLEEPING DREAMER
TELL US WHO ARE THEY

THEY SLEW THE DREAMER
LET A DREAMER TAKE THE FALL
THEY TURNED THE COURTROOM
INTO A COSTUME BALL
THEY SLEW THE DREAMER
MADE ANOTHER SING THEIR SONG
THEY SLEW THE DREAMER
BUT THE DREAM LIVES ON

Words and Music BY Gary Revel
and Mary Noel
PUBLISHING
SONY/ATV MILENE MUSIC
Jongleur Music
Album-They Slew The Dreamer
Copyright 2008-2015 by Gary Revel
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


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