Gospel Music

TBGB Reviews…The McClurkin Project

We Praise YouThe McClurkin ProjectGospocentric Records 2007http://www.gospocentric.com/ On We Praise You, gospel superstar Donnie McClurkin hands the microphone to the female McClurkins (Andrea, Tanya, Cheri, and Olivia), and to “first member” Carol Carter. While Donnie chimes in from time to time – for example, lending his reassuring voice to “You’ll Be Fine” – it’s really Ladies Night at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral, where the CD was recorded in April, 2005. The first two songs – the title track and “You are an Awesome God” – sets an excitingly upbeat and engaging tone for the project, while “As Long as ...

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An Update on the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project

Last May, TBGB reported on the magnificent $350,000 grant that Baylor University professor Robert Darden (left), author of People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music, secured to identify, acquire, clean, digitize and catalogue black gospel recordings. This month Darden told TBGB, “The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project is complete. The digitization equipment is in place and the engineers and cataloguers have been hired. What they’ve done so far with the disks they’ve received is wonderful. Our goal is to make one copy of every black gospel recording ever released.” Darden first voiced his passion for preserving black ...

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William “Man” Barnes of the Sunset Jubilaires

From D.A. Johnson of the Malaco Music Group: The Malaco Music Group regrets to announce the passing of Air Gospel Recording Artist William “Man” Barnes of The Sunset Jubilaires. On Thursday, May 10, 2007, approximately 1 am, the Lord called him home after a long bout with cancer. William “Man” Barnes was an original member of The Sunset Jubiliares and sang bass with the group for 40 years until his passing. William was the brother of F.C. Barnes, uncle of Luther Barnes, and father of recording artists Debra & Wanda Barnes. He will be greatly missed! Homegoing service arrangements are ...

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45 RPM Gospel Classics from the Midwest

Scott Harlow of Chicago has created an interesting and fun website devoted to funk, soul and gospel 45s from the Midwest. Most of the issues are of late 60s-1970s vintage, when indie and vanity labels grew exponentially and captured the sound of the times. On the Illinois Gospel page, you’ll find photos of rare 45s, including a sampling of Offie Reece’s One-Way discs, CIMUDE releases on the Duncanaires and the late Bishop L.H. Ford, and audio snippets from gems such as the Sensational Southerners of Chicago (Church) and the Spiritual Trumpets (Davis). Ohio Gospel offers a smattering of James Bullard’s ...

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TBGB Reviews…The Spiritualaires of Hurtsboro, AL

The Spiritualaires of Hurtsboro, AL Singing Songs of Praise CaseQuarter 2007 www.aumfidelity.com/casequarter.html For every gospel quartet that made a record, even if it was only a vanity single, there are a dozen quartets that never even stepped into a recording studio. That doesn’t mean that only the best quartets made it on vinyl. On the contrary, many local groups that hold legendary status among quartet fans never signed a recording contract. Thanks to producer Kevin Nutt and CaseQuarter, one of these unsung, unrecorded quartets finally gets a hearing outside its Alabama home. The Spiritualaires of Hurtsboro, Alabama — Sam Relf, ...

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J. Robert Bradley, 87, Charismatic Gospel Singer, Dies

By JON PARELES Published: May 4, 2007 in the New York Times J. Robert Bradley, whose deep, swooping, octave-leaping voice and charismatic presence made him one of the most important figures in gospel music, died yesterday in Nashville. He was 87. The cause was complications of diabetes, said Anthony Heilbut, the author of “The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times” and the producer of Mr. Bradley’s most recent recordings. Mr. Bradley was the favorite singer of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mahalia Jackson once said he had the greatest voice she had ever heard. Mr. Bradley’s bass-baritone ...

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Clara Walker of the Gospel Redeemers Passes Away

Bob Laughton informed TBGB today that Clara Walker, formerly of the Gospel Redeemers, died this past Sunday in New York. In the 1960s, Walker had her own gospel record label, Clar-Mar, releasing her own music and that of other gospel artists. The Heavenly Choir just got another stone singer. Our sympathies to the family and friends of Clara Walker, THE Gospel Redeemer. Check out Clara and the Gospel Redeemers via YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m88qHkUalQ

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Gospel Memories Broadcast Pays Tribute to Historic Church

Hello, gospel music fans everywhere! Gospel Memories airs live this Sunday, May 6 from 3:00 to 7:30 a.m. Central Time US on Chicago’s WLUW 88.7 FM, and streams live at www.wluw.org. Highlights of Gospel Memories’ Sixth Anniversary Show:— Last month, Chicago’s Roberts Temple COGIC (left; source: Chicago Defender) received landmark status from the city for its role in the Civil Rights effort. The church held the open-casket funeral services of Emmett Till, the Chicago teen whose brutal murder in Mississippi in 1955 helped spark the modern Civil Rights movement. To pay tribute to Roberts Temple, Gospel Memories will feature recordings ...

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TBGB Reviews…Desmond Pringle

Be StillDesmond PringleMagnum Opus Entertainment 2006www.magnumopusent.com Desmond Pringle brings James Cleveland back! Well, not physically, but on his latest CD Be Still, the Chicago-based gospel crooner manipulates the mixing board to sing a duet with the late King James, just as Natalie sang “Unforgettable” with her father Nat, and Hank Williams, Jr. duetted with his father Hank, Sr. on one of the latter’s unreleased acetates. The song Pringle selects for his otherworldly duet is James’ “Jesus is the Best Thing,” a reading of the Jim Weatherly composition originally recorded by Gladys Knight as “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” ...

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Another Loss: RIP Mildred Clark

TBGB thanks Tammy Taylor (www.oneentity.com) for passing on this sad news. Mildred Clark, of the famed Mildred Clark & KC Melody-Aires, passed away this week. Ms. Clark had been suffering from cancer. She went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 21, 2007. The Melody-Aires were popular in the Midwest during the 70’s and 80s. Mildred was honored a few years ago during the Gospel Music Workshop of America in Kansas City, MO. Her nephew, Carlton Coffield, a gospel music promoter, can be contacted for further details info@urbansourceinc.com Please keep the family in your prayers.

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