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Millicent Martin, "In the Summer of His Years" (1963)

When the BBC's satirical news program That Was the Week That Was was set to air on November 23rd, 1963, they couldn't have possibly gone on with a normal comedy program a day after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. So TW3 aired a somber shortened broadcast, featuring the debut of "In The Summer of His Years," a poignant funeral march that lyricist Herbert Kretzmer wrote within hours of the news breaking. Millicent Martin, who also sang the show's theme song, gave a powerful performance, later rebroadcast in America on NBC, and the studio recording produced by George Martin was issued as the A-side of a 45. A.S.

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