JGM Pick of the Week: November 25, 2019

“Do You Know Him”
The Fantastic Bibletones
From the CD Just As I Am (release date: July 22, 2019)

By Bob Marovich

Former Pick of the Week recipients the Fantastic Bibletones are back with a spirited redux of Brother Joe May’s 1950 breakout hit, “Do You Know Him.”

The female quartet from St. Louis takes the Mary Lou Coleman Parker original and turns it into an aisle-walker, fueled by steady drums, pounding piano, and a marvelous power-packed vamp fueled by call-and-response.

Organized in 1971 and active until 1998, after which they took a break from the arduous gospel highway, the Fantastic Bibletones re-energized ten years ago. From the sounds of this single, the quartet—Pancake, Gigi, Nancy, and Pauline—is stronger than ever.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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