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 Kings of Harmony were among the most influential jubilee groups to record in the early days of gospel music. 

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The North Philadelphia Juniors may not have been famous, but they could sing with anybody in gospel music!

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Katie Sankey's powerful, expressive voice elevates every song she sings to a new level, including the old standard "I Don't Know Why."

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Hardie Clifton's emotional reading of "I Stood on the Banks of the Jordan" only hints at the remarkable story behind the song.

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A special 200th episode featuring the legendary The Mighty Clouds of Joy recorded live in Montreaux, France.

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The Rev. Curtis Watson has been bringing his raspy brand of gospel soul to the gospel highway since the 1960's. 

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Vocal powerhouse Inez Andrews was also one of gospel music's most gifted songwriters. 

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Shirley Caesar's "Life's Mountain Railway" is only one of dozens of memorable tracks by traditional gospel's most defiant - and last - remaining superstar!

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The combination of jubilee, a cappella singing, and a first-rate band make the under-rated Gate City Singers' "Prayer Changes Things" a truly memorable 45.

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You'll get a kick out of the White Cloud Young Adult Choir's joyful, messy, unstoppable "Top of the Mountain, Parts I and II."

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The Rev. James Cleveland's monumental "Jesus is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" is one of gospel music's all-time highlights. 

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The only place to hear the rare gospel 45 "King's Highway" by the long-lost Pilgrim Five is here on KWBU. 

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Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - "Pray"

Apr 12, 2020

The Johnnie Taylor-led Highway QC's had a number of gospel hits, including this jubilee gospel workout, "Pray."

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During the peak of the civil rights movement, the Sensational Six of Birmingham, Alabama release this brave call to arms, "Let Freedom Ring."

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Gospel Unlimited's "God is Love" and "Walkin' and Talkin' With Jesus" is an under-appreciated gem from the Say Amen, Somebody soundtrack.

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