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“Someone Has to Care” – Christian Scharen

2021-12-24T16:43:32-06:00December 24th, 2021|

Someone Has to Care: The Roots and Hip-Hop’s Prophetic Calling. By Christian Scharen. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books. 130 pp. (paperback). Illustrations, Notes, Bibliography. ISBN 978-1-5326-1217-6. $18.00 By Robert M. Marovich As Christian Scharen observes in his new book, Someone Has to Care, the titles of albums by hip-hop group The [...]

Award-Winning Quartet Documentary “How They Got Over” Screening Around the U.S.

2021-10-22T02:39:27-05:00October 22nd, 2021|

From a press release (NOTE: JGM's Bob Marovich appears in the film): How They Got Over tells the story of how Black gospel quartet music became a primary source of what would be known as rock and roll, and in the process helped to break down racial walls in mid-twentieth [...]

Johnny Ruffin Jr. – I’m Gonna Praise the Lord

2021-10-07T01:14:52-05:00October 7th, 2021|

Johnny Ruffin Jr. I’m Gonna Praise the Lord JBP Music (release date: June 19, 2021) By Robert M. Marovich Like Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, Johnny Ruffin Jr. of North Carolina celebrates old-school quartet singing. That's the feeling you get from his independently-released album, I’m Gonna Praise the Lord. While most songs [...]

Gospel music’s impact on rock and soul music is focus of new radio documentary

2019-01-16T03:09:22-06:00January 16th, 2019|

“Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul” will be broadcast by US public radio stations during Black History Month (February) Note: Journal of Gospel Music's Editor-in-Chief Bob Marovich is honored to have been interviewed for this remarkable radio documentary. PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 15, 2019): A new radio documentary that explores the history [...]

RIP Howard Carroll – the “Dean of Gospel Guitar”

2017-10-17T15:17:07-05:00October 17th, 2017|

Howard Carroll By Bob Marovich The Reverend Joe Williams informed JGM this morning that Mr. Howard Carroll, longtime singer and guitarist with the Dixie Hummingbirds, and long considered the dean of gospel guitar, passed away this morning in Philadelphia's Mount Airy community. He was 93. “He did things with the [...]

Historical Marker in Philadelphia Honors the Dixie Hummingbirds

2017-06-08T21:04:23-05:00June 8th, 2017|

Dixie Hummingbirds From the Reverend Joe Williams: On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia commemorated the rich heritage of the Dixie Hummingbirds with a historical marker dedication at 2435 North College Avenue, Philadelphia. This was the rehearsal hall and former home [...]

Edna Gallmon Cooke – My Joy: Rare Recordings 1948-1966

2017-02-08T02:17:05-06:00February 8th, 2017|

Edna Gallmon Cooke My Joy: Rare Recordings 1948-1966 Gospel Friend (release date: February 27, 2017) www.gospelfriend.com By Bob Marovich Edna Gallmon Cooke may be one of the most underappreciated female vocalists of gospel’s Golden Age. Although her voice was small when compared to belters like Mahalia Jackson, Emily Bram-Bibby, and [...]

Temple University Libraries honors Dixie Hummingbirds Guitarist Howard Carroll September 29

2016-09-26T16:27:00-05:00September 26th, 2016|

Philadelphia, PA, September 1, 2016 – September is Gospel Music Heritage Month, and on Thursday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m., the Blockson Collection of Temple University Libraries will present "Gospel Gold: The Golden Era of Gospel Music," honoring legendary Dixie Hummingbirds guitarist Howard Carroll. Hosted by Gospel Highway Eleven (WNAP [...]

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