with The Beatles
b. Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., 17th January 1942, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
d. 3rd June 2016, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A.
The 1960 Olympic champion, Cassius Clay, defeated Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship in 1964 and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
His refusal to serve in Vietnam made him a hero to some, a traitor to others.
'Why couldn't he be like Joe Louis?', white polite society asked. 'I am the Greatest!' answered Ali.
So what is Cassius Clay / Muhammed Ali doing on a soul music site?
Sam Cooke and Muhammed Ali
stand by me b/w I am the greatest - 1964
Back in 1966 (as Cassius Clay) the man released a version of Ben E. King's classic 'Stand By Me'.
Muhammed Ali & James Brown
ali with the late joe frazier
beautiful photograph from muhammed's final photo session 2016
Muhammed Ali passed away in June 2016.
Stand By Me b/w I Am The Greatest (Columbia single 1964)