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.

In the mid-1960s, the homespun Angelic Choir was releasing some of the most innovative recordings in all of gospel music, including the irresistible "I've Got It." 


Recorded live and aided by the Willing Four Quartet, the Acme Missionary Baptist Church Choir, released his rare 45, "Lord, I Won't Turn Around," on the otherwise unknown Angel Joy Record label. 


Irene Jones and the Original Joy Harmonizers are one of many wonderful gospel groups that should be better known today - and their song "Keep on Going" is a good example of what that's so. 


The otherwise unknown Sunrise Gospel Singers of Chicago Heights deliver an affecting, emotional rendition of the gospel song, "When I'm Gone."


The piano stylings and arrangements of Roberta Martin influenced everybody from the Rev. James Cleveland to Little Lucy Smith and are on full display in her hit, "God is Still on the Throne."


The songs of the beloved Wings Over Jordan Choir were among the first to be broadcast nationally on the radio in the United States. The choir specialized in loving arrangements of old spirituals, including this one - "Rock a My Soul."

The combined choirs make The Banks Brothers and the Greater Harvest Back Home Choir of Newark, NJ a spectacular aural feast - two great choirs singing old time gospel before a massive and appreciative audience. 


The Thunderbold of the Midwest," Brother Joe May was an incredibly versatile vocalist who never recorded secular music, despite tremendous pressure from his record label. 


Still going strong after 30 years, the Mighty Sons of Glory continue the proud "hard gospel" tradition of their heroes, the Mighty Clouds of Joy. 

"Home Going" is just one of a number of superb, high-energy gospel songs by Detroit native Victoria Hawkins on Houston's funky Peacock label. 


The masterful Soulfully album by the legendary Andrae Crouch and the Disciples is one of their best, in part because of the memorable anthem, "Through It All." 


Beginning in 1946, the beloved Gotham Records label released a host of quality 45s through 1958, including this happy, up-tempo gospel romp, "Lord, I'm Done Done" by Rudolph Lewis. 


Lost in the host of great gospel acts on Savoy in the early 1960s, the Epps Gospel Singers' Just Try Jesus is a wonderfully energetic example of high-energy, joyfully performed g0spel music.


Among the thousands of 45s loaned by gospel historian and collector Bob Marovich is this sweet-spirited gospel tune by the otherwise unknown Sister Stella B. Lawless on the even more obscure Greatco label of Los Angeles.


Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - "Oh Yes He Will"

Aug 11, 2019

Shreveport's feisty Jewel/Paula label released dozens of songs by a number of great gospel artists - but few with the manic energy of "Oh Yes He Will" by otherwise unkown Johnson Ensemble. 


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