Sam Moore's 'They Killed A King' Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses a crowd. August 4, 1965. Washington Post staff photo by Ellsworth Davis. | The Washington Post via Getty Images

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Veteran singer Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam & Dave is releasing a song in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. to coincide with the anniversary of the civil rights leader's death.

Known as the "Legendary Soul Man," Moore teamed with producer Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell and studio musicians to record "They Killed a King" in Memphis in January.

The song is being released April 4, the 46th anniversary of King's assassination. King was shot while standing on the balcony of the old Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

Moore and his Sam & Dave singing partner, the late Dave Prater Jr., recorded several soul and R&B hits such as "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Comin'" at Stax Records.

Moore knew King and performed at many of his speeches.

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