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|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, Special Investigator-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. New mix dropped in 2020, available on iTunes, Emusic, Amazonmp3 and more. The lyrics to the song are below.
Also see these other assassination investigations:
John F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy
Gary Revel found links to those responsible for the assassinations of JFK, MLK, RFK, John Lennon and the attempted killing of President Ronald Reagan.
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