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 Greater Bright Morning Star Baptist Church is still making great gospel music in New Orleans after more than 60 years.

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Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - Charles Fold

Sep 5, 2021

Gospel choir innovator Charles Fold, recorded several memorable songs with the Gospel Messengers, including "He'll Fight Your Battles". 

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The little-known Philippian Gospel Singers are going to church on "Great Camp Meeting".

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Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - The Angelic Choir

Aug 22, 2021

The slow and bluesy "Little Too Close to be Afraid" features the Angelic Choir of the First Baptist Church of Nutley, NJ at their most compelling.

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The little-known Philippian Gospel Singers are going to church on "Great Camp Meeting".

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Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - The Bright Stars

Aug 15, 2021

The Bright Stars were a pioneering gospel quartet, combining doo-wop harmonies with the punch of a full band. 


Legendary gospel story-teller Dorothy Norward is at her very best on the compelling story-song, “Walk Through the Valley.” 

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While a host of gospel greats got their start in the Meditation Singers, their rendition of the Rev. James Cleveland’s “He Has Done Something for Me” is unmatched.

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The Christian Soldiers were one of the many gospel groups to record for the colorful impresario Don Robey’s fine Song Bird label in Houston. Click to listen to this episode. Click the title above to read along. 


“Have You Got Oil in Your Vessel?” by the Golden Crowns of Charlotte, NC, is a marvelous artifact from gospel music’s golden age. Click to listen to this EpisodeClick the title above to read along

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Walter Hawkins brings the whole band together on the legendary two-LP live set, The Hawkins Family from 1980.

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Austin Layne and the Layne Ensemble’s “Have Mercy, Lord” is a wonderful mixture of traditional and modern gospel music.

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Jessie Glover brings a deep, soulful groove to “Hard Times.”

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For more than 40 years, the Gospel Blenders have been one of their hometown of Philadelphia’s favorite gospel ensemble.

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LeRoy Dulley’s hoarse shout animates his manic version of the Church of God in Christ chant, “I’m a Soldier (in the Army of the Lord).”

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