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SHOUT! Black Gospel Music Moments - Sons of Jordan

Featuring Roosevelt Glass, the Sons of Jordan sing old-school, gut-bucket gospel, like their version of “Just Like He Said.”

The Sons of Jordan are a little-known gospel quartet who recorded a single 45 for Orbit Records in the mid-1960s. There have been several Orbit labels through the years, this one also included the Echoes of Harmony and the Original Joy Harmonizers, released a handful of disks, and then disappeared.

The Sons of Jordan’s release is so obscure it doesn’t even show up on Discogs or any other rare music site. It features two uncredited songs, both of which the Sons say they arranged – “Just Like He Said” and “I Don’t Know Why”... with vocals by one Roosevelt Glass.

Fortunately, Roosevelt is one heckuva singer, an old school gospel shouter in the mold of June Cheeks or Archie Brownlee of the Blind Boys of Mississippi. The gut-bucket-styled accompaniment would sound right at home in a Mississippi juke joint, too. And as for the origins of the two songs – I just don’t know. But wherever the Sons got “Just Like He Said,” it still sounds great!

2308 Sons of Jordan - Just Like He Said.mp3

MUSIC: “Just Like He Said,” the Sons of Jordan, 45

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.