Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments

Sundays 8:35 am; Mondays at 4:48am. 6:48am, 8:48am and 5:48pm.
  • 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.

The Pilgrim Travelers ruled the gospel highway in the 1950s with songs like this arrangement of the old spiritual, "Troubled in Mind.

Hear the full song here.

Echoes of Heaven from 1953 features Austin's Bells of Joe and their original line-up at their very best.

Listen to the full music track , Echoes of Heaven from the Bells of Joy, here.

You probably haven't heard many songs performed faster than "Don't You Know Me, Thomas?" by Rev. H.B. Crum and the Mighty Golden Keys.

The Hightower Brothers were a fine gospel family band originally led by 10-year-old lead vocalist Robert Lee, better known as "Little Sugar."

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Brother Isaiah's Church of God in Christ Choir's "Climbing High Mountains" is a great example of music from Vee-Jay Records' large stable of first-rate gospel artists from the mid-1950s.

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The Soul Seekers of Fort Worth released several unjustly ignored 45s for Houston's funky and feisty Peacock label. 

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Chicago gospel legend Claude Timmons is in fine form singing his signature song, "Christ is the Answer" with the Monument of Faith Evangelical Church Choir.

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The World Wonders of Birmingham, Alabama nail the silvery, funky groove of 1979 soul music with their gospel hit, "Don't Give Up."

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The Williams Brothers have been sensational on the gospel highway for more than 60 years.

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As a solo artist, as well as a member of the Swan Silvertones, Claude Jeter released a number of thrilling singles, including "You Can Just Whisper a Prayer."

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The multi-talented Alex Bradford conquered Broadway as well as gospel music during his amazing - but far too short - life and career. 

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The Cotton Brothers' soulful gospel stomp "Be There Directly (Sitting Down) is a throwback to the glorious days of Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding. 

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"Ashamed of Jesus" was R&B legend Cliff Butler's lone gospel recording as part of the Spiritual Keynotes for Nashboro Records in 1960.

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For more than 50 years, the Sweet Singing Cavaliers have been the most beloved gospel group in South Central Los Angeles.

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The Roscoe Robinson-led New Heavenly Wonders recorded the Philadelphia soul-inspired "Ain't No Love (Like Jesus Love)" in the early 1970's.

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