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SHOUT! Black Gospel Music Moments - "We Three Kings" by Williams Brothers

You’re not likely to hear a more creative interpretation of the old carol “We Three Kings” than this one by the Williams Brothers.

Mississippi has been the home of a number of great gospel music labels, including Paula, Jewel, Malaco and the short-lived Blackberry Records. Likewise, artists like the Jackson Southernaires, the Canton Spirituals, the Blind Boys of Mississippi, the Mississippi Mass Choir and others called the state home. In recent decades, the Williams Brothers have ruled the home of the Delta blues and Elvis Presley.

The wonderful Christmas compilation – Down Home Christmas in Mississippi -- is dominated by contributions by the Williams, including the one of the jazziest, most creative versions we’ve ever heard of “We Three Kings.” You can go to our website, KWBU.org and scroll down to the Black Gospel Music Restoration Program tab and hear the entire thing!

MUSIC: (2352) Williams Brothers, “We Three Kings,” from the Down Home Christmas in Mississippi LP, Side 2, Track 6 (December 24, 2023)

The Williams Bros - We Three Kings.mp3

I’m Robert Darden … “Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments” is produced by KWBU and the Black Gospel Music Preservation Program at Baylor University Libraries.

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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).