Skip to comments.I like Gospel music & didn't even know it!
Posted on 09/30/2018 2:21:59 PM PDT by lee martell
I was raised as Catholic, and will always enjoy hearing the traditional songs usually sang in those parishes. However, I will now add on many songs from other Christian religions. I friend of mine was clearing his home of unused items, and asked if I would like to take an old cassette of his; "Jubiliation! Great Gospel Performances, Volume 2; More Black Gospel". 18 songs. I just so happen to have one of those ancient home system with CD and cassette players. I had nothing to lose, so I took it.
Many of the first few songs were so amateurish, so barebones that I didn't listen to them all. I enjoyed No. 2 "How I Got Over" by Mahalia Jackson. Then I skipped over to Number 7; "Walking Around Heaven All Day" by The Caravans. Very nice. Very inspirational.
Number 9; Talk About Jesus" by Bells of Joy. No. 10; Burying Ground" by The Sensational Nightingales, No. 14; Our Father, by Five Blind Boys, No. 15; You Can't Hurry God, by The Harmonettes. No. 16; My Rock; by The Swan Silvertones. No. 17; Climbing Up on the Rough Side of the Mountain, by Rev. F.C. Barnes.
The production is not that great, but in all of these , you can hear the remnants of the Blues and the beginnings of what later became Rock & Roll. Try it, you might like it too.
I think the Royal Wedding between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hit the right note back in May by merging African-American Gospel with the more traditional liturgical elements of the Church of England.
That was a big surprise, given how tightly the British hold on to their traditions. Maybe they asked the bride what she would like to have included.
Do a youtube search for “bethal worship”.
Did they play this one?
The Kingdom Choir’s participation in the Wedding was actually the suggestion of Prince Charles.
“I’ll Fly Away”
My son performed that in a quartet just a few weeks ago. They were amazing.
If you don’t mind, I would like to mention a few I have run across in my searches for ancient dusty 78s that I really like. These are late 20s and 30s:
Smith’s Sacred Singers-Pictures From Life’s Other Side
Kid Williams and Bill Morgan-When He Died He Got a Home in Hell
Blind Alfred Reed-You Must Unload
Thanks. I’ll have to look into these here.
So many performers from my parents generation are still worth knowing now. I recall how ‘boring and old fashioned’ I thought the Mills Brothers and Blind Boys of Alabama(?) were.
I knew of Mahalia Jackson, but have just started really listening to her on her own terms, not in comparison with Soul Singers like Aretha or R&B acts like The Supremes.
Those were not at all the same thing as Gospel in it’s own context.
Hard to beat Southern Gospel Quartet singing, especially from the 50s-70s.
Check out the Kingsmen!
There are a lot of really great black gospel singers but since that seems to be all you showed as an example I hope you realize gospel music is not just a ‘black thing’. It’s ok if you didn’t because I didn’t know there was ‘Catholic’ music. If you want to expand your gospel horizon, here are a couple of my favorites...............
Yep. There’s all kinds of gospel music. It’s the Baskin Robins of music.
Take a listen to “Clara Ward Singers” and “Wings over Jordan.”
Absolutely! Good music has no color. This just happened to be the cassette I was offered. No, I know there are plenty of fantastic Christian Music performers of every race.
Thank You for these suggestions.
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