Posts Tagged ‘Gospel music’

You Can’t Beat God Giving

January 13, 2019

“You Can’t Beat God Giving,” written by Doris Akers, performed by an ensemble conducted by Professor Ralph H. Goodpasture, accompanied by Billy Preston (Hammond B3 organ) and Donald Vails (piano).

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The Atomic Telephone

January 6, 2019

“The Atomic Telephone,” written by Henry Glover and Eddie Smith (Syd Nathan, owner of King Records, got a co-writing credit too, as “Lois Mann”). Recorded by the Spirit of Memphis Quartet, 1951. Label-mates The Harlan County Four (aka Brown’s Ferry Four) recorded a country quartet version a month later.

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Poor Little Jesus

December 23, 2018

“Poor Little Jesus,” as sung by Mattie Harper and the Stars of Faith.

“It was poor little Jesus, yes, yes
He was born on Christmas, yes, yes.
And laid in a manger, yes, yes.
Wasn’t that a pity and a shame? Lord, Lord.

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There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood

December 16, 2018

“There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood,” lyrics written by William Cowper, recorded by 14-year-old Aretha Franklin, 1956.

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You Better Run

December 9, 2018

“You Better Run to the City of Refuge,” led by Dr. C. J. Johnson, 1965.

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I’ve Got Myself Together

December 2, 2018

“I’ve Got Myself Together,” by the Swan Silvertones, 1975. The Parable of the Prodigal Son like you’ve never heard it before.

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Something Got a Hold of Me

November 25, 2018

“Something Got a Hold of Me,” by James Cleveland and the Voices of Tabernacle, 1959.

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Ride On King Jesus

November 18, 2018

“Ride On King Jesus,” by the Detroiters, ca. 1951.

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Let Jesus Lead You

November 11, 2018

“Let Jesus Lead You,” recorded by The Detroiters, 1951. This well-know song, which sounds a bit like a camp meeting tune, was recorded as early as 1928, and there’s a nice 1964 version by The Staples Singers.

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City Built Four Square

October 28, 2018

“City Built Four Square,” recorded by Dorothy Love Coates, 1978.

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