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.

"Lord, I'm the True Vine" is one of the earliest recorded precursors of gospel music, recorded in 1930 by the otherwise unknown Eddie Head & Family. 


Sister Lucille Pope and the Pearly Gates never had much luck in gospel music - but that didn't keep them from releasing a host of killer gospel songs. 


Gladys McFadden and The Loving Sisters were both civil rights heroes and gospel music innovators. 


Led by Little Joe Cook, the Evening Star Quartet's frenzied 45 "Have Mercy" is a superb example of magical marriage between doo wop and jubilee singing. 


The famed organist Dr. Charles Clency can be heard on this charming 45, "Nearer My God to Thee" by the Antioch Baptist Church of Chicago Mass Choir. 


This 45 by The Howard University Gospel Choir titled "I Found God" features an early - but still scintillating - performance by the legendary Richard Smallwood. 


The 32nd Annual International Youth Congress of the Church of God in Christ produced a marvelous mass choir LP by the same name in 1967 Featuring the immortal gospel singer Kitty Parham. 


Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers released dozens of superb, irreplaceable gospel songs, including the sweet and sentimental "Wonderful." 


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. 


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