ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN

(Dick Holler)

BOB DYLAN performs "Abraham, Martin and John", 1980

IN MEMORIAM JOHN BAULDIE (who died on Oct 22, 1996, missed by all of us...)


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Dion DiMucci (born 1939) is one of the great survivors of rock'n'roll; a performer whose work has spanned five decades, and whose fortunes swayed between chart action and comparative obscurity....

The first phase of his career was as lead-singer with New York doo-wop group Dion & the Belmonts, a streetcorner quarted formed in 1957....

In 1968 after finally kicking his heroin habit, Dion was without a record deal when his old label from the 1950s offered him Dick Holler's poignant song of martyrdom "Abraham, Martin and John." His rendition gave him another million-seller, and its reflective, folky style set the mould for subsequent 1970s albums like "Sit Down Old Friend," "You're Not Alone" and "Suite for Late Summer."

John Tobler (ed.), Who's Who in Rock & Roll, New York, NY, 1991, p. 92.


TOM GLAZER: A most affecting rock and roll hit in 1968, sung by Dion (Dimucci), formerly Dion and the Belmonts, on Laurie Records. From the look of this song, it seems too simple to be of much interest, but try to listen to Dion sing it on his hit record.

Tom Glazer, Songs of Peace, Freedom & Protest, New York, 1972, p. 1.


Performed by Bob Dylan during his 1980-'81 tours.
© 1968, Roznique Music, Inc.;
reprinted in Tom Glazer, Songs of Peace, Freedom & Protest, New York, 1972, pp. 1-3.


Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good die young,
But I just looked around and he's gone.

Has anybody here seen my old friend John?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good die young,
But I just looked around and he's gone.

Has anybody here seen my old friend Martin?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good die young,
But I just looked around and he's gone.

Didn't you love the things they stood for?
Didn't they try to find some good for you and me?
And we'll be free.
Someday soon, it's gonna be
One day.

Has anybody here seen my old friend Bobby?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
I thought I saw him walkin'
Up over the hill,
With Abraham, Martin and John.


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