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SHOUT! Black Gospel Music Moments - Jubilee Messengers

"I Won't Have to Cry No More" is a great example of the talents of longtime Memphis favorites, the Jubilee Messengers.

During their nearly 80-year career, the Jubilee Messengers were a force in the thriving Memphis gospel music scene. Early members included O.V. Wright and James Carr - both of whom later found success in the world of pop music. Beginning the in mid-1960s, The Messengers recorded for a variety of tiny gospel labels... But since all of the members had day jobs, they could only tour on the weekends and never quite broke out nationally.

But their music remains popular with gospel music fans. One of their albums was even re-released as part of the national independent Record Store Day in 2022! A great example of the Jubilee Messengers funky sound is the slow-burning "I Won't Have to Cry No More," released on their own Messenger label in 1980 and featuring the singing and songwriter talents of longtime member the Rev. Al Banks.

2339 Jubilee Hummingbirds - Won't Have to Cry No More.mp3

MUSIC: Jubilee Messengers, "I Won't Have to Cry No More," 45 (September 24, 2023)

I'm Robert Darden ... "Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments" is produced by KWBU, the Black Gospel Music Preservation Program at Baylor University Libraries and is funded by generous support from the Prichard Foundation.

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Robert F. Darden is the author of two dozen books, most recently: Nothing But Love in God’s Water, Volume II: Black Sacred Music from Sit-In to Resurrection City (Penn State University Press, 2016); Nothing But Love in God’s Water, Volume I: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement(Penn State University Press, 2014); Jesus Laughed: The Redemptive Power of Humor(Abingdon Press, 2008), Reluctant Prophets and Clueless Disciples: Understanding the Bible by Telling Its Stories(Abingdon Press, 2006); and People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music(Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2004).