SHOUT! Black Gospel Music Moments - Bethel Pentecostal Choir
“I Can’t Stop Loving God” is 9 and half minutes of memorable gospel frenzy by the Bethel Pentecostal Choir of Grand Rapids.
The Bethel Pentecostal Choir of Grand Rapids, Michigan was the brainchild of founder James Abney. From its beginnings in the early 1960s, Abney directed the 100-voice choir, wrote most of the songs, and sang many of the lead solos. He had a flair for the writing dramatic gospel songs and knew how to use his first-rate choir to the very best advantage.
I Can’t Stop Loving God LP, recorded live in 1976 is just great – and the title track is an amazing piece of work. Rapid-fire staccato bursts of music, impeccable timing, a soaring solo by Lois Thomas, and a smoking band make it a one of a kind live experience. One more thing – the instrumentalists include members of the DeBarge family, including El DeBarge on keyboards, 15 years before he became a star on MTV.
“I Can’t Stop Loving God” – which includes a rousing vamp that left people falling out in the aisles – is worth hearing all of the way through – go to the KWBU.ORG website and scroll down to the Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments link to hear it in all its 9 and a half minute glory!
MUSIC: “I Can’t Stop Loving God,” The Bethel Pentecostal Choir of Grand Rapids, Michigan LP, I Can’t Stop Loving God, Side 1, Track 2
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.