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SHOUT! Black Gospel Music Moments - Morning Star Gospel Singers

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The Morning Stars Gospel Singers were the best-known of the artists promoted during the short-lived “pop gospel” craze of the early ‘60s.

One of the interesting eras of gospel music came in the early 1960s when some record exec got the idea of promoting “pop gospel” – “gospel lite,” if you will – and putting groups in nightclubs and concert venues. It was new and novel for about a year and soon faded away. Probably the best-known act during that period were the Morning Star Gospel Singers.

The six-members of the Morning Stars had toured and recorded with various other gospel artists – they were young and handsome and full of energy and actually did pretty well for a while. Their best-known release is the LP ... and the Morning Stars Sang for Warner Bros. – one of the few gospel artists to ever record for Warners.

... and the Morning Stars Sang is, indeed, pop gospel – up-tempo and energetic and definitely light on the evangelical lyrics. All but two of the songs are the remade spirituals – like this very ‘60s-ish cover version of “Let Jesus Lead You,” complete with that great bouncy ‘60s-era Farfisa organ sound!

2211 Morning Star Gospel Singers - Let Jesus Lead You.mp3

MUSIC: “Let Jesus Lead You” from the Morning Stars Gospel Singers’ - and the Morning Stars Sang LP, Side 1, Track 1.

I’m Robert Darden … “Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments” is produced by KWBU, the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University Libraries and is funded by generous support from the Prichard Foundation.