“If I Can Help Somebody” was written in 1945 by a woman named Alma Androzzo, and it was recorded by various gospel groups, even by mainstream singers like Tennessee Ernie Ford and Doris Day. But it seems that King didn’t hear it until his visit to Denver.
King, says Vern L. Howard, chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission, was in Denver to attend a Women’s Day program at New Hope Baptist Church in Park Hill. There, he heard “If I Can Help Somebody” performed by Anna Lee Williams, a classically trained soprano and the wife of New Hope’s then pastor, the Rev. M.C. Williams. – See more at: http://www.cpr.org/news/story/martin-luther-king-jr-first-heard-one-his-favorite-hymns-denver#sthash.fQUSPTNR.dpuf