"Let it Flow (for Dr. J)": Classic Song for an All-Time GreatThere has always been a great connection between music and basketball, dating all the way back to when basketball games were actually played in dance halls. Julius Erving was mentioned in many songs during his career, ranging from Run-D.M.C.'s "You be Illin'" to Kurtis Blow's "Basketball" but he also had the great honor of having an entire song composed in his honor: Grover Washington Jr.'s "Let it Flow (for Dr. J)." The ebbs and flows in that song perfectly fit the way Erving glided smoothly down the court before slamming the ball home with unmatched grace and style. The Greatest Sports Legends episode about Erving includes a fantastic video montage of Erving highlights with "Let it Flow" as the soundtrack; Erving's assortment of inimitable moves and Washington's wonderful melody meld seamlessly into one of the most beautiful pieces of performance art you will ever see or hear. That clip does not seem to be available on the internet but while looking for it I stumbled upon a treasure that is almost as good:
Sadly, Washington passed away in 1999, at just 56 years of age. Washington performed the National Anthem before many Sixers home games at the Spectrum, which recently hosted its final Sixers game; the Sixers moved across the street to the Wachovia Center in 1996 but returned to the Spectrum for one last time before the building is demolished this summer.
posted by David Friedman @ 11:00 PM