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Gary Revel
BornGary Neal Revel
(1949-06-29)June 29, 1949
Florala, Alabama, U.S.
💼 Occupation
  • special Investigator
  • Guitarist
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • author
  • publisher
  • filmmaker
Known forUnited States House Select Committee on Assassinations
👩 Spouse(s)
Linda Marie Revel
(m. 1973; div. 2016)
👶 Children6
🥚 TwitterTwitter=
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Gary Neal Revel (June 29, 1949 – present) is a songwriter and a former undercover Special Investigator with the law office of Jack Kershaw in Nashville, Tennessee who, in association with the HSCA, United States House Select Committee on Assassinations investigated the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., President John F. Kennedy and others and best known for finding the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1968 and 1963 respectively, were not, done by James Earl Ray and Lee Harvey Oswald respectfully, as historically established. Revel claims his investigation found that the assassinations were executed by a team of assassins working with the Mafia and certain members of United States Government agencies including the FBI and CIA. During his undercover work as a Special Investigator on the case he wrote, recorded and released the song/single record "They Slew the Dreamer"[2] and was quoted in the book, Who Really Killed Martin Luther King Jr. by author Phillip F. Nelson.[3]

Revel is also an author, singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, filmmaker, publisher, member of ASCAP American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers a member of the board of directors and founder of Mother Nature Festival Live Inc. Revel was recognized as a special investigator in the national media, New York Times.[4]

Early life[edit]

Gary Neal Revel was born on June 29, 1949 in Florala, Alabama a small town on the Florida/Alabama state line in Northwest, Florida. His mother divorced his dad when he was 5 years old. He grew up in Florida, with occasional stays in Alabama and graduated high school at Holmes County High School in Bonifay, Florida. He taught himself guitar at age 15 and soon formed a rock and roll band named The Shades of Blue. They played locally and for high school dances and parties. At 18 years of age he enlisted in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He served for 2 years from 1967 until 1969 when he received an honorable discharge and moved from San Diego, California to Hollywood, California.


1969–1980: Early career[edit]

In Hollywood he composed, performed on and coproduced the soundtrack for the movie "The Last of the American Hoboes" [5], which was featured in Britt, Iowa at the National Hobo Convention for many years following. In 1972 he moved to New York City, Memphis, Tennessee and then Nashville, tennessee where he was a songwriter and recording artist with music published by Milene Music Inc. of Acuff-Rose Music an ASCAP American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers company now owned by Sony Music Publishing. His firest single record was "Little Did We Know" (The ballad of Stingbean and Estelle Akeman) released on Rebel Records, an independent record label based in Nashville, Tennessee. His next single release on the Rebel label was "Peanut Man". The song was written by his wife, Linda Revel, and himself. It was a song which had a tongue-in-cheek take on President Jimmy Carter who was a peanut farmer before and during his political career.


On February 7, 1980 Revel moved back to Hollywood, California. He soon wrote, recorded and released the single record "Bound to Lose" on Plain Wrap Records. Shortly after that he recorded and released "River Bottom Road". He then formed Top's Records and hired Irfan Mirza as an executive in his company who helped in the production of his next single, "PacMan on Her Mind" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice".

James Earl Ray case[edit]

Starting in 1977, Revel investigated the case against James Earl Ray, who had been sentenced to 99 years in prison for his role in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charged with firing the shot that killed Dr. King on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, Ray was pleaded guilty by his attorney Percy Foreman in 1969 and the next day wrote a letter to the Judge William Battle disavowing the guilty plea and asking for a trial. Revel agreed with the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations that the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. was 'probably a conspiracy' but went further to say he found that Ray was not in the rooming house where the shot had been attributed as coming from and could not have fired the shot the killed Martin Luther King Jr.. He claims the evidence uncovered in the MLK assassination investigation led him to the JFK assassination. Both assassinations were mandated by the HSCA United States House Select Committee on Assassinations which led to him following the leads he developed. He found that both assassinations were done by a team of assassins and not the persons so thought of as the killers.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Revel was born in Florala, Alabama and his mother divorced his father when he was 5 years old. He grew up in Florida and Alabama and graduated high school in 1967 from Holmes County High School in Bonifay, Florida. He enlisted in the US Navy in August, 1967 and served during the Vietnam War Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged, September of 1969. He took a taxi from San Diego to Hollywood, California and followed up with his music career.

Gary Revel Discography[edit]

  • Since He's Been Gone bw I'll Follow the Wind
  • Let Those Bridges Burn bw There's No Depression In Heaven
  • Soundtrack-The Last of the American Hoboes
  • Peanut Man
  • Little Did We Know bw Take My Hand Precious Lord
  • They Slew the Dreamer
  • An Old Frame House
  • Revel
  • Jesus Said
  • Martian Boogie
  • They Slew The Dreamer
  • To Live Or Maybe Not

Books Authored[edit]

  • To Live Or Maybe Not
  • Don't Stop Dancing: Stranger Than Fiction
  • Grempk
  • Nothing
  • Milestones
  • My Angel From Heaven


  1. "Gary Revel". AllMusic.
  2. "They Slew the Dreamer". Archived from the original on 2006-08-06.
  3. Who Really Killed Martin Luther King Jr. Simon and Schuster. p. 576. ISBN 978-1510750142. Search this book on
  4. Martin, Douglas (2010-09-24). "Jack Kershaw Is Dead at 96; Challenged Conviction in King's Death". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-08-12.
  5. "The Last American Hobo". Retrieved August 12, 2022.
  6. "A conversation with Gary Revel". KUT Radio, Austin's NPR Station. 2021-11-09. Retrieved 2022-08-12.


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