16 Inspiring Songs That Honor JFKFrom the Police to Tori Amos, check out these unique ways musicians paid tribute to the President
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Otis Spann, 'Sad Day in Texas'
Kennedy, whose Civil Rights Act was passed after his death, was viewed favorably by the African-American community despite his privileged white background. As a result, numerous blues and gospel songs were written in tribute after his death, including "A Man Amongst Men" by Big Joe Williams, "President Kennedy Gave His Life" by Mary Ross and "He Was Loved by All the People" by Jimmy Brown.
When Kennedy was assassinated, Spann was working as a session pianist for blues label Chess Records and performing full-time with Muddy Waters. In his memorial, he laments, "Only man I ever loved in my life was my President Kennedy."