jubilee showcase 2By Bob Marovich

From 1963 to 1984, the Emmy Award-winning television program Jubilee Showcase brought the nation’s greatest gospel singers and groups into living rooms throughout Chicagoland.

Every Sunday morning, host Sid Ordower treated viewers to performances by such stalwarts as the Caravans, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Norfleet Brothers, Andrae’ Crouch, Jessy Dixon, the Staple Singers, and the Barrett Sisters. The show featured pioneering gospel performers such as Roberta Martin and Thomas Dorsey. There were many gospel greats whose taped appearance on Jubilee Showcase represents the only video footage of their live performances.

Jubilee Showcase was the longest-running gospel music variety television show before BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel. Sid Ordower’s son, Steve, has set up an Indiegogo campaign to fund a documentary about the program, complete with historic clips from the program.

Clck on the image below for information on how to contribute to this documentary. Help introduce Jubilee Showcase , a program that showcased gospel music with grace and dignity, to a new generation.

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  1. leiser willy September 5, 2020 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Dear Bob,

    As you know we’ve left you an about 10 line message yesterday and don’t know if you got it. You wrote that you have to check it out. FINE. NO SWEAT !

    Now I’ve tried to read more about Ordowers’ message and when I clicked where I was supposed to click (a vertical frame with a design in the middle) I got a message telling me that :”indiegogo.com has refused the connection. Again : FINE. NO SWEAT ! I need rest ! And I am deeply convinced that Boogie is asleep like I’ll be iin a short while after I send flowers to Hal Singer’s widow and Bernard’s one in Chester.

    All the very best and thanks ! Hope that you find our yesterday message because my memory is failing me !!!


    Lake Geneva

    And like yesterday we don’t know how to SEND this one ???!!! We’ll try…somehowr ! Your site is like Mr. Musk’s project : The Sky ! Smile. AMAZING…INDESCRIPTIBLE ! Open your French/American dictionary…
    What does Post Comment mean in the First place ? It is not in MY vocabulary !!!

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Written by : 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.