Author Archives: Bob Marovich

Holy Rolling: The Gospel Skate Phenomenon

Gospel music has been performed in a variety of secular venues ever since Mahalia Jackson stepped foot for the first time in Carnegie Hall. Since then, gospel has been received in sports stadiums, concert halls, dance clubs, nightclubs, theme parks, restaurants, festivals…and now skating rinks! Roller skating — once a pastime linked with the 1950s and 1960s — has seen a resurgence. Perhaps it’s because of the popularity of in-line skating, the need for greater exercise options, or just another venue for clean-cut fun. Regardless of the reason, skaters used to be propelled by chirpy notes caressed out of a ...

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CD Review: Mississippi Two-Steppin’ with Bishop Keith C. Smith

Going to Church with Bishop Keith C. SmithMeek Records MR40252005www.meekrecords.com If you don’t already know that Bishop Keith C. Smith pastors a church in South Carolina or recorded this CD in Memphis, never mind: the music itself will clue you in. The listener can hear the deep, balmy Southern gospel groove, as thick and robust as Memphis air in mid-July, in Smith’s husky vocals and the band’s driving, soulful touch. While the project has the goods to satisfy fans of classic and urban gospel alike, its finest track is the uptempo “One Touch.” Bishop Smith’s periodic shouts are given an ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: June 5, 2005

“Because He Lives” Krista Alston from Golgotha CD Keep On Keepin’ On2005 www.kristaalston.com Chicagoan Krista Alston’s superbly produced debut CD Keep On Keepin’ On combines her Aretha-inspired vocals with bouncy, infectious beats and simple, singable songs. However, what captured my attention was her performance of Gloria Gaither’s “Because He Lives.” Accompanying herself on electric keyboard, Krista turns the contemporary Christian song into a church-wrecker as she stretches her vocals to the limit, demonstrating what she has learned performing with gospel greats such as Inez Andrews and Albertina Walker. Krista applies the same classic vocal/piano arrangement to “His Eye is on ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: May 15, 2005: Dr. Charles G., Courtesy of Dr. Charles T.

“Jesus Can Work It Out (Remix)” Dr. Charles G. Hayes and the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir (aka “The Warriors”) From the ICEE Inspirational CD The Remix, due out this summer In 1960, during the Kennedy Administration, Chicago’s Dr. Charles G. Hayes established the quintessential gospel choir now known as the Cosmopolitian Church of Prayer Choir or, more simply and appropriately, “The Warriors.” Forty-five years later, The Warriors still command a regular presence on the gospel charts. This time around, their music is hitting the stores and airwaves with the added octane of remix, courtesy of Dr. Charles T. White ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 124

“The World is Full of Sin”Original Five Blind Boys of Mississippifrom Checker LP 10003 1960-61 This is another song brought to my attention, thanks to Brother Jason Rosenberg. The early years of the 1960s were truly magical for black music. Motown was emerging as one of Detroit’s greatest exports, second only to the automobile. Girl groups were picking up steam on the high heels of the Chantels and Shirelles. Most spectacularly, soft, delicate, sweet soul balladry was coming into popularity, and gospel was incorporating this quieter, doo-woppy sound into its sacred repertory. A superior example of this is “The World ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: May 8, 2005

“Jesus Coming Back” – DeWayne Harvey and Unrestrained Praise [from the Aleho International Records CD Tell It] Unrestrained praise, indeed! I had the good fortune to hear DeWayne Harvey’s Florida-based ensemble perform live for the Chicago Area Gospel Announcers Guild April meeting. Among the repertory of songs the group performed from its new CD, Tell It, was “Jesus Coming Back,” a rousing, rise-from-your-seat gospel song with exciting call-and-response segments between the lead vocalist Olivia Harvey, and the ensemble. Sliding Tell It into the CD player later that afternoon, I wondered whether the recorded version of “Jesus Coming Back” would be ...

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Honor, Honor for Billy Carson

This comes to TBGB courtesy of our friend, Elder Mack C. Mason. Annually on the first Friday in the month of May, Pastor Maceo Woods andChicago’s Christian Tabernacle Church gathers for an always beautifulservice, “This Is Your Life”. The annual program sponsored by The Moving Forward Group, one of thechurch auxiliaries honors several of its unsuspecting members each year. This year’s event (May 6, 2005) was exciting as one of the honorees wasBilly Carson, host of The Gospel City Videos TV Show. The fact thatBrother Carson was kept totally in the dark was a miracle, especiallywhen you consider that Carson ...

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James “Big Red” Anderson of the Swanee Quintet

This message comes to TBGB from Eric LeBlanc, who found the obituary in the Augusta Chronicle on 5/1/2005. James “Big Red” Anderson was an original member of the Swanee Quintet of Augusta, Georgia and recorded with the quartet for more than fifty years. James “Big Red” Anderson JONESBORO, Ga. – Entered into rest Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at theUniversity Hospital, Mr. James (Big Red) Anderson, formerly of Holly St., beloved husband of Mrs. Willie Mae Anderson, Jonesboro. Other survivorsinclude a step-daughter, step-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews,other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 5, 2005, at ...

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New Book Explores Life and Legacy of Rev. C.L. Franklin

This notice comes to TBGB courtesy of Elder Mack C. Mason and his always-informative Gospel Trade E-Zine: The life and times of the late Pastor C. L. Franklin (father of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin) is examined in a new book “Singing in a Strange Land: C. L. Franklin, the Black Church, and the Transformation of America” By Nick Salvatore. Salvatore, an award winning author with several books, begins the Franklin story in the Mississippi Delta, through Memphis and finally to the Detroit church and neighborhood, where the Reverend both effected change and found controversy as well, such as ...

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Southeast Inspirational Choir loses Waters, Preacher

From GOSPELflava.com — the Southeast Inspirational Choir, an aggregation that once counted gospel superstar Yolanda Adams among its ranks, has lost two of its pioneering members in the past two months: Passing of Carl Preacher — GOSPELflava.com mourns the recent passing of Carl Preacher, known for his work with the Southeast Inspirational Choir, a member of the B,C & S Trio (together with Shirley Joiner and the late Brenda Waters). Preacher, an organist and vocalist, as well as a songwriter, had his own solo album on Savoy Records from the mid 1970’s, and recorded with The GMWA Mass Choir. (April ...

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