“If I Can Dream” is a song made famous by Elvis Presley, written by Walter Earl Brown and notable for its direct quotations of Martin Luther King. It was recorded by Elvis in June 1968, two months after King’s assassination and was first released to the public as the finale of Presley’s 68 comeback special.
Georgia & The Vintage Youth has released a cover of the track today – recorded in lockdown with an extraordinary collection of musicians and is donating all proceeds to #BlackLivesMatter.
Here’s the song:
And here’s the backstory.
Since the beginning of the lockdown Georgia has been doing live-streams from her home in Essex.
In an early stream she received a request to sing ” If I can Dream “. Georgia did not know the song but researched it and then collaborated with a team of crack musicians to record the track and release a video.
All this way before the death of George Floyd and recent protests across the USA – gaining global support for #BlackLivesMatter.
So today we share this song from 1968 that means so much in 2020.