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SHOUT! Black Gospel Music Moments - The Melody Kings

Hilliard McSwine and the Melody Kings of Greenwood, Mississippi deliver some serious gospel boogie with “I’m On My Way.”

I’ve talked in the past about how gospel groups have the greatest names in the world. I submit for your consideration The Melody Kings of Greenwood, Mississippi, featuring the immortal Hilliard McSwine. Actually, I don’t know anything about Mr. McSwine or the Designer label out of Memphis, which recorded the Melody Kings on this rare 45. I do know this – the man can sing and preach!

“Will You Meet Me There,” which McSwine also wrote, is full-tilt gospel boogie... it’s really little more than a double-timed vamp, the kind that great quartets like the Melody Kings use to close their church-wrecking performances. The flip side of his 45 is “I Don’t Know What I Would Do Without the Lord,” also written by McSwine. More than half of the song is devoted to railing against how modern gospel music – and this 45 was released in 1973, mind you – isn’t really religious enough!

You can hear the entire version of “Will You Meet Me There” on the KWBU website at and scrolling down to “Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments” – check it out!

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MUSIC: “Will You Meet Me There,” The Melody Kings of Greenwood, Mississippi, featuring Hilliard McSwine

I’m Robert Darden … “Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments” is produced by KWBU, the Black Gospel Music Preservation Program at Baylor University Libraries and is funded by generous support from the Prichard Foundation.