Gospel Music

TBGB Pick of the Week: September 11, 2006

“Tell Somebody”The Texas BoyzFrom the Blackberry album Never Left Me AloneBlackberry 2006 The Texas Boyz started singing three decades ago, first as the Gospel Five, then as The Mighty Supreme Voices of Dallas, Texas. It was as the latter that the quartet hit the big time, earning recording contracts with Savoy, GosPearl, and J&B Records, and filling auditorium after auditorium. The quartet – recently lauded at the Gospel Music Workshop of America – has stayed true to its roots while sounding fresh enough to please a new generation of gospel fans. “Tell Somebody” blends both the old and the new ...

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Numero Group’s Gospel Funk Compilation Reviewed by Peter Margasak

Click below for Peter Margasak’s superb review of a compilation produced by “Gospel Memories” contributor Rob Sevier and Numero Group: Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal. The CD brings together a sampling of long-forgotten but still compelling and vibrant gospel cuts from indie label 45 rpm singles that have never been reissued on CD, and if it weren’t for Numero Group, might never have reached a larger audience. Thank God for Good God! Gospel Funk

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 139

“Packin’ Up”Ward SingersSavoy 40801956[also on Savoy LPs MG14020 and DBL7015] Quintessential Ward Singers, with the classic lineup of Gertrude Ward, Clara Ward, Willa Ward Moultrie, Marion Williams, Frances Steadman, and Kitty Parham. Williams takes center stage on this track, lofting her signature high whoos up and over the ladies’ energetic, tight harmonies. The highlight is the chorus, during which the Wards sing a quick-tempo, heart-pounding counterpoint to Williams’s soaring notes while a steel guitar delivers a hit-and-run riff. The heavenly combination is enough to scare the devil out of his red smoking jacket.

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John Work Singers Adopt Style, Name of Spiritual Icon

TBGB received the link below for the John Work Singers from Dr. Nate Thomas, former vocal group bass. John Work was instrumental in revitalizing the Fisk University Jubilee Singers in the early 20th Century and led the ensemble through their first recordings for the Victor and Columbia labels. Go to the link to hear classically-rendered Spirituals in the John Work style. www.alcurtismanagement.com/work.htm

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Indie Artists Deserve Love, Too!

From The Belle Report, by way of Bil Carpenter. TBGB congratulates all the winners of the En Sound Music Awards, but most especially Margaret Allison of the Angelic Gospel Singers, who was a guest on TBGB’s “Gospel Memories” radio show (www.gospelmemories.com) and June Rochelle, a former TBGB “Pick of the Week.” Newark, NJ — The 1st Annual En Sound Music Awards was a complete success this past Saturday evening. Held at the Robert Treat Hotel and hosted by comedian RodZ , the evening celebrated independent gospel artists – who are often ignored by other awards shows that cater to major-label ...

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International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum® Announces its 2006 Inductees

DETROIT (August 21, 2006) – Joe Bagby, Bishop P.A. Brooks, Kurt Carr, the late Davis Sisters, Merdean Fielding Gales, Bishop Albert Jamison, Dr Curtis Lewis, Professor Iris Stevenson, Take 6, and Rodena Preston are this year’s inductees to the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum® (IGMHFM). The 2006 inductees, nominated from around the world and selected by the IGMHFM board, were announced by founder David Gough. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame awards. This year’s induction and awards celebration will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center ...

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TBGB Pick of the Week: August 14, 2006

“I’ve Got a Feeling”Andrea BarnesFrom the album Just AndreaJ&A Productions 2003 On most of her debut CD Just Andrea, Ms. Andrea Barnes sings sweetly and lightly. When it comes to interpreting Albertina Walker’s “I’ve Got a Feeling,” however, Andrea does an about-face, puts on her shouting shoes, and unveils a mature gospel blues alto that doesn’t just invite you to church, it opens the doors for you. The classic piano/organ ad-lib intro on “I’ve Got a Feeling” telegraphs that the next few minutes are going to be traditional. Once the energetic quartet rhythm, female choir, and playful riffs from Jeremy ...

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The Soul (and Gospel) Plumber – Birmingham’s Neal Hemphill

The following article was written by Bob Mehr and featured in the Chicago Reader, August 11, 2006. Roscoe Robinson is a quartet icon, having sung with the likes of the Silver Quintette, Southern Sons (Trumpet), Original Five Blind Boys, and Blind Boys of Ohio. In addition to recording soul, RnB, and other musical styles, Neal Hemphill brought local gospel artists such as the Birmingham Spirituals and Elizabeth D. Williams into his studio. Finally, John Ciba (photographed with 45 rpm records – photo courtesy of Flynn) is a good friend of, and contributor to, TBGB Host Bob Marovich’s “Gospel Memories” vintage ...

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Essential Gospel – Classic Recordings: No. 138

“Death Gonna Straighten Him”TrumpeteersScore 50561953 The Trumpeteers were one of many early quartets that emulated the famed Golden Gate Quartet, but one of only a few that stayed true to jubilee-style singing long after most of its competitors adopted a harder, Pentecostal performance style. Although best known for putting “Milky White Way,” their first recording and biggest hit, on the gospel map, the Trumpeteers made dozens of fine records for Score (Aladdin subsidiary), King, Okeh, Gotham, Grand, Nashboro, and Jubilee. “Death Gonna Straighten Him” was the quartet’s final side for Score, recorded June 29, 1953 at the RCA Studio in ...

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Rev. Lawrence Roberts, Tracy Worth on Sunday’s “Gospel Memories”

Hello, gospel music fans! Just a reminder that “Gospel Memories” comes at you again live Sunday, August 6 from 3:00 to 7:30 a.m. Central Time US on Chicago’s WLUW 88.7 FM and via live global webcast at www.wluw.org. Highlights of Sunday’s Broadcast: — Words and Music with Rev. Lawrence Roberts, iconic gospel producer at Savoy Records and director of the famous Angelic Choir of Nutley, NJ. With James Cleveland, Roberts and the Angelic Choir produced the 1963 “Peace Be Still” album that not only was one of the biggest selling hits for Savoy, but earned its rightful place in the ...

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