The Soundtrack of that Old Time Religion

Since May 2001, Bob Marovich has hosted Gospel Memories, a one-hour program of classic gospel, spiritual, and jubilee music from the 1890s through the 1980s. Past guests of the show include Rev. Claude Jeter of the Swan Silvertones, Margaret Allison of the Angelic Gospel Singers, Lorenza Brown Porter of the Argo Singers, Pastor Shirley Caesar, and Etta James. The show airs every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Central Time on WLUW 88.7 FM in Chicago. You can listen live at or via podcast at


10am – 11am Central

wlum 88.7 fm
February 24, 2024

Episode Description

Our final Black History Month sets for 2024 feature guitar evangelists and civil rights-era singing and preaching; plus a salute to Loretta Oliver (pictured) on her 90th birthday, music from the Fisk University Jubilee Quartette (1911), Mighty Tenernears, Doris Akers, the Mel-Tones feat. Ollie Lafayette, Golden Tone Singers of Detroit, and more.


God don’t never change – Blind Willie Johnson (Columbia/JSP)

Rock of ages – Blind Willie Davis (Paramount/Document)

Two wings – Rev. Utah Smith (Chess/JSP)

I’m going to that city – Sister O.M. Terrell (Columbia/Gospel Heritage)

I don’t want to go down there (pt. I) – Two Gospel Keys (Apollo)

I’ll go – Mel-Tones feat. Ollie Lafayette (Mag-Oll)

Come let us go back to God – Golden Tone Singers of Detroit (Von)

This little light of mine – Fannie Lou Hamer (Smithsonian Folkways)

We shall overcome – Freedom Riders (Dauntless)

Conclusion of Beginnings in Negro Baptist History – Dr. T.S. Boone & King Solomon Baptist Church Mass Choir (Shann)

God is so good – Doris Akers (Super)

I know the Lord laid his hands on me – Fisk University Jubilee Quartette (Victor/Archeophone)

He included me – People’s Choir of Operation PUSH feat. Loretta Oliver (Gospel Truth)

I am willing to wait – Rev. D.L. Bond & First Sharon Chorus of NYC (Rae-Cox)

The Lord will make a way – Mighty Tenernears (Ken-Yatta)