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.

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

Hear the full track "Lord Don't Move That Mountain" below!

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."

Hear the full tracks below!

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. 

Hear the full track below!

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."

Hear the full track below!

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.

Hear the full track here!

If you're looking for something to immediately lift your spirits, give a listen to "Rain Down Fire" by The Rev. Joseph D. Linton and the Progressive Baptist Church Choir of St. Louis, Missouri.

Hear the full track here!

"Moving on Up the King's Highway" by the otherwise unknown Mellotones is both surprisingly and remarkably tuneful gospel. 

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Little Richard pours as much gleeful energy into the children's spiritual "Joy, Joy, Joy" as he does into any of his better-known pop hits!

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The otherwise unknown Capitol City Star Singers channel the O'Jays on the uptempo gospel song, "What He's Done for Me."

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Smooth-voiced baritone Robert Anderson was one of the very few gospel singers who could croon with the best.

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"I've Been Born Again" is hard gospel from the golden age of the Blind Boys of Alabama, featuring Clarence Fountain.