Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments

Sundays 8:35 am; Mondays 6:32 pm.
  • Hosted by Robert Darden

Author and Baylor University professor Robert Darden tells stories -- and plays recordings -- from the Baylor University Libraries' Black Gospel Music Restoration Project in an on-going weekly series of two-minute segments. Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments explores the distinctly African-American sound of the "Golden Age of Gospel" (1945-1975). The series celebrates this fertile musical period in American history, presenting cultural snapshots that reveal the depth of a people, their community, and the influence they have had on the rest of American music.

You've never heard a rendition of "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" like this one by Juliet Powell and the Combine Choir of Chicago. 

The Might Wonders of Aquasco, Maryland lend their melodious voices to a lovely rendition of the old labor movement song, "I Shall Not be Moved"

The legendary O'Neal Twins were gospel traditionalists,  always preferring to sing in the classic old-time gospel music style. 

A little known gem from the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project is a bright and sassy 45 by the C&H Community Singers and produced by Mr. Henry Rush Jr. 

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Inez Andrews

Sep 24, 2017

Inez Andrews was one of the last of the legends of gospel music's golden age when she passed at 83 in 2012.

Sometimes, searching for information on many of the songs in the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project is like putting together a 1,000 piece puzzle with the blank side up. take for instance the wonderfully charming "His First Miracle" by the Jubilee Stars on Class Records

Not surprisingly, a number of well-known musicians came from First Church of Deliverance but it has always been the choirs that have drawn the most attention. 

Gospel music has produced some of the greatest shouters ever. A true gospel shout in an inarticulate explosion of joy or pain or indignation. 

The Birmingham-Bessemer area has long been one of the great and fertile hot-beds of gospel music.  

Hundreds?  Thousands?  No one knows how many small and independent gospel labels there are - but they they have some of the greatest names of all time.

When an electric guitar was added, you'd think all of the Ten Commandments were  broken at once.  

Noted gospel music historian Dr. Mellonee Burning said that if gospel music is to flourish for another 100 years, it's all up to the African American church choirs, especially the youth choirs.  

Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls and Johnny Taylor all spent time as part of the Highway QC's.  The group is still going strong today.

Chicago and Birmingham will always be hot beds of gospel music, but gospel music has flourished across the U.S.  for decades.

Gospel's music's most prolific artist is, no question, the Reverend James Cleveland.