Every Man a King

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"Every Man a King" is a song connected with Louisiana's governor and senator Huey Long. Long was known for his political slogan "Every man a king," which was the title of his autobiography[1] and the catch-phrase of his Share Our Wealth proposal during the Great Depression.[2]

Writing and arrangement[edit]

The song was co-written in 1935 by Huey Long and Castro Carazo; Carazo was the band director of Louisiana State University, a former orchestra leader at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans brought to LSU by Long himself.[3]

An arrangement of the song was recorded by Randy Newman for his 1974 album Good Old Boys. The song was featured in the opening credits of the 1983 movie The Survivors, starring Walter Matthau, Robin Williams and Jerry Reed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey Pierce Long (21 March 1996). Every man a king: the autobiography of Huey P. Long. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0-306-80695-7. 
  2. ^ Text of Huey Long's Every Man a King speech delivered 23 February 1934, from the personal website of a University of Texas at Tyler professor
  3. ^ LSU Band History from the Louisiana State University website