Posts Tagged ‘Gospel music’

Somewhere To Lay My Head

October 8, 2017

“Somewhere To Lay My Head,” written by Rev. Julius Cheeks, performed by The Sensational Nightingales.

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Don’t Miss That Train

August 6, 2017

“Don’t Miss That Train,” written and performed by Sister Wynona Carr.

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Operator, Operator

July 30, 2017

“Operator, Operator,” written and performed by Sister Wynona Carr, 1954. You heathens may know the version by Manhattan Transfer.

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Each Day

July 23, 2017

“Each Day,” by Sister Wynona Carr, accompanied by Austin McCoy and His Combo. The “boys in the band” responses are her “Amen Corner,” a nice touch.

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Joe Ligon, 1936 – 2016

February 6, 2017

Joe Ligon, lead singer of the three-time Grammy-winning gospel group Mighty Clouds of Joy, died on December 11th at the age of 80.

Mighty Clouds of Joy website

More:

“Joe Ligon, Gospel Singer With the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Dies at 80,” William Grimes, New York Times

“‘He Was Just That Anointed’: Remembering Gospel Star Joe Ligon,” Andrew Limbong, NPR

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What Have You Done

November 20, 2016

“What Have You Done,” written by Gabriel Roth, recorded by Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens. Video directed by Philip Di Fiore.

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens website

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In My Time of Dyin’

July 24, 2016

“In My Time of Dyin'” by the Lovell Sisters. Jessica Lovell (vocals, fiddle), Megan Lovell (vocals, dobro), Rebecca Lovell (vocals, mandolin), Matt Wingate (guitar), Daniel Kimbro (bass). Rebecca and Megan now perform as Larkin Poe.

This traditional song became known to the urban folk song crowd (including Bob Dylan) though the singing of Josh White.

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Oh What a Wonderful Child

December 25, 2015

“Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child,” performed here by Chicago’s Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir. The song is said to be traditional, but many associate it with the Angelic Gospel Singers, who recorded it in 1950.

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Sweet Little Jesus Boy

December 25, 2013

“Sweet Little Jesus Boy (Sweet Little Baby Boy),” written by Robert MacGimsey, performed by Marion Williams and the Stars of Faith, all of whom were once Clara Ward Singers. The song  has been recorded many times, notably by Mahalia Jackson, The Violinaires, and James Brown.

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