The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers have been thrilling Chicago’s gospel audiences for half a century. Click to listen to this episode.
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Welcome to Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments. I’m Robert Darden. Chicago has had few more enduring groups than the Pilgrim Jubilee Singers, who had been singing since the 1940s, led by various members of the Graham family. In that time, they’re recorded more than two dozen LPs with every major gospel label: Savoy, Malaco, Nashboro and Peacock. I had the great fortune to interview Cleve and Clay Graham in late 2009 about their work in the civil rights movement in Chicago – and the brothers even then had been making plans to take their smooth and stylish gospel sound around the world.The Jubes – as their many fans call them – have also had a host of gospel hits through the decades: “Don’t Let Him Down,” “Three Trees,” “We Need Prayer,” “Step Out,” and my personal favorite, the silky, soulful Chicago groove of this song, “Stop by Here.” MUSIC: “Stop by Here,” Pilgrim Jubilee Singers, from Pilgrim Jubilee Singers Greatest Hits, Side, 2, Track 1 I’m Robert Darden … “Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments” is produced by KWBU, the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University Libraries and is funded by generous support from the Prichard Foundation.