Mickey Newbury is a songwriter most famous for a song he arranged, but did not write. One night in Los Angeles, at a time of national distress, Newbury combined a southern anthem (written by a northerner), a northern anthem (written by a southerner), and a slave song. He sang his medley to a packed house. In the audience that night was "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement" Odetta Holmes. Odetta was at the side of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he made his epic “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago today.
Newbury's trio of songs brought tears to many, including Odetta.
'An American Trilogy' was born.