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.

During Lou Rawls' stay with the Pilgrim Travelers, he recorded a number of classic gospel songs, including beautiful, jazzy renditions of the classic spirituals. One of the best is this version of "Motherless Child."

Some gospel artist never received the acclaim their talents deserved. One such artist is singer, composer and choir leader Lloyd C. Russell, who released several excellent LPs for Savoy's Gospel line in the 1960s and '70s, including this one - Until We Meet Again. 

Like the best of the thousands of self-pressed LPs by African American churches across the country, Hello Sunshine by the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church is a joyous gospel romp - lacking in studio polish, but more than making up for it with spirited singing and playing. 

The Crowns of Glory cover Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine" hit and turn it into an apocalyptic tour-de-force. 

The legendary Sallie Martin and Thomas Dorsey reunited in 1973 to record a version of Dorsey's classic "I'll Tell It Wherever I Go."

Chicago legend, the Rev. Issac Whittmon leads the Greater Metropolitan COGIC choir on a rafter-raising gospel stomper.

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Doris Watson and the Testimonial Echoes deliver a slow and soulful rendition of “God is Blessing You.”

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"Jesus is Everywhere" by the Victorious Glory Landers is doo-wop heaven! 

"Mother Church" Kennerly Temple's choir has been making great gospel music for a very long time.

"His Love Bubbles Over in My Soul" by the previous unknown Ruth Beck Singers will make you smile all day.

For decades, the Windy City Four have popularized the glorious jubilee-styled harmonies of Gospel's Golden Age.

The Original Blind Boys of Mississippi's Archie Brownlee was the greatest soulful shouter gospel music ever produced.

"His Love Flows Through Me Like a River" is the legendary Paul Leka's attempt to create a gospel-inflected classic.

The Light of the World Choir's self-produced LP features one great song - "Set Your Affection on Things Above"

Bonita Cantrell was one of hundreds of sweet-voiced gospel artists who were released by the quirky Nashboro label