Gospel Music

CD Review: Dr. Norman Hutchins – Where I Long to Be

TBGB reviews… Where I Long to BeNorman HutchinsJDI Records 2006www.jdirecords.com Dr. Norman Hutchins has a knack for writing gospel lyrics that become standard church parlance and songs that become compulsory for choirs to learn and perform. “God’s Got a Blessing (With My Name on It)” is the most famous example. This is no coincidence: Hutchins’s music is designed with church folk in mind. The latest proof of Hutchins’s church roots is on his new CD, Where I Long to Be. Throughout the project, Hutchins shifts back and forth with ease between traditional and contemporary sounds, and without any feeling of ...

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More on Frederick “Nee” Smith and the Sensational Gospel Light

Two years ago, TBGB reviewed “Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray” by Frederick “Nee” Smith and the Sensational Gospel Light (Rae Cox 144) as an Essential Gospel pick. Classic Gospel: Essential Recordings – Week 112 As with many 50s and 60s quartets, biographical information is often scarce, and at the time we were unable to say much about the artists of that powerful performance. I posited a plea for more information. Minister Donnie Addison wrote TBGB recently to shed some “gospel light” on Frederick “Nee” Smith and the Sensational Gospel Light. It turns out that Freddie was an original member of Tommy ...

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Sister O.M. Terrell – Bottleneck Evangelist

Below is a marvelous website and 2001 CBC radio interview with Bruce Nemerov of Middle Tennessee State University on how he came to locate Sister Ola Mae Terrell. Sister O.M. Terrell was an itinerant “Holy Ghost Preacher” who recorded six sides for Columbia Records in 1953, and never recorded again. Everyone who enjoys bottleneck slide guitar, gospel music, or a good story about finding a long-lost folk music pioneer will appreciate this interesting interview. Sister Ola Mae Terrell

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TBGB Pick of the Week: July 24, 2006

“Man in the Mirror”The Williams Brothers and Their Superstar FriendsFrom the album SoulLink Live 3: Man in the Mirror2006www.blackberryrecords.com Blackberry Records’ superstar quartets do an admirable job covering Michael Jackson’s 1988 hit single, the latter which also featured gospel superstars, notably the Winans and Andrae Crouch. This time, the Williams Brothers, Canton Spirituals, Christianaires, Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs, and Hip Boot Joe provide the gospel flavoring. They replace Jacko’s trademark hiccup and vocal angst with soulful testosterone on a lyric that is inspirational and introspective. “Man in the Mirror” is the main title for SoulLink Live 3, the ...

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Houston Gets All-Gospel FM Station

From TBGB correspondent Joseph Middleton: Houston, Texas now has its own all-gospel FM radio station: KROI 92.1 FM. On July 17 at 6:45PM CST, KROI, 92.1 FM changed its format from Spanish radio to gospel. The first song they played was Kirk Franklin & The Family’s “Why We Sing”. It’s a Radio One Station. I found it particularly interesting because I don’t think there are many other all-gospel FM stations in the US. I know Atlanta, Raleigh, and Columbus, OH have them; there may be more. Houston’s primary all-gospel station for the time was an AM radio station. Reception was ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: July 17, 2006

“On Broken Pieces”Bishop Paul Morton and Bishop James Dixon IIFrom the album On Broken Pieces – A Hurricane Relief ProjectBlackberry Records 2006www.blackberryrecords.com “On Broken Pieces” is a somber but optimistic recording about the resilience of the human spirit in the face of great tribulation – Hurricane Katrina specifically. The song has plenty of street cred: Morton’s Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans suffered significant and crushing damage when the levees broke. Bishop Morton is joined by Bishop James Dixon II (Hymns to Hang On To), whose native Houston, Texas played no small role in the evacuation ...

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Allison to Receive Some Love from Her Beloved Philly

From the Belle Report, July 14, 2006. TBGB congratulates Margaret Allison, a guest on “Gospel Memories,” on her well-deserved public appreciation: Back in the Golden Age of Gospel in the 1950s, Philadelphia produced the Clara Ward Singers, the Davis Sisters and many other great female gospel groups. Among them was Margaret Allison’s Angelic Gospel Singers. Formed in 1947, Allison’s group will celebrate its 60th year of continuous ministry next year. They were the first gospel group to score a Top Twenty R&B hit when their signature song, “Touch Me Lord Jesus,” reached #13 on Billboard’s R&B chart in 1949 when ...

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Caravans Reunite on Record After Forty Years

From Media Jenny: Malaco Records, the gospel industry’s largest independent label, is set to release The Caravans: Paved The Way, on September 5, 2006. This project is the first for the group in forty years and brings together founder Albertina Walker as well as members Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews, and Delores Washington. The project, initiated and produced by the award-winning, legendary Norwood (Malaco Records), was also co-produced by the Reverend Milton Biggham (Savoy Records, The Georgia Mass Choir) and Albertina Walker. The album includes seven classic standards and features the group’s hit single “Mary Don’t You Weep,” along with six ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 137

“There’s a Leak in This Old Building”Brother Claude ElyKing 12821953 Good thing for Elvis that Brother Claude Ely was already signed to Syd Nathan’s King Records, because if an unsigned Ely approached Sun’s Sam Phillips in 1953, Ely, not Elvis, may have become Sam’s Golden Boy, a “white man who can sing like a black man.” Not that Ely would have easily eschewed his evangelizing to enter a world of hip-swiveling and cheesy movies, but make no mistake: Brother Claude was singing like the Hillbilly Cat when Elvis was still crooning “My Happiness” for his mother. Listen to Ely’s October ...

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New Book Spans a Century of Pentecostalism, Explores its Continued Growth

A press release from Faithday Press: (Hazel Crest, IL July 7, 2006) – As America’s mainline Protestant churchesfight for survival, the nation’s Pentecostal and Charismaticdenominations are experiencing rapid growth with no end in sight. Thispast spring, nearly fifty thousand worshippers traveled to the city of LosAngeles to celebrate the 1906 Azusa Street Revival, where the majorityof Classical Pentecostals from around the world trace their roots. How these Spirit-filled congregations have continued to thrive for over aCentury is the subject of Make Room for the Hoy Ghost: The Azusa StreetRevival, Bishop C. H. Mason and One Hundred Years of Pentecostalism inAmerica, ...

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