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Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - Lillie Jenkins

Mar 21, 2021

Shreveport’s own Lillie Jenkins released one LP for the famed Paula/Jewell label in 1977 – and it’s a doozy!

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The Imperial Gospel Singers’ “Fountain of Blood” will remind you of the powerful harmonies of their Philadelphia neighbors, the legendary Angelics. 

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Chicago’s Argo Singers released a host of fine 45s for Vee-Jays Records in the mid-1960s, including the bouncy “Fill Me Now.” 

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For more than 50 years, Evelyn’s singing and songwriting made the Gay Sisters one of gospel’s most influential artists

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The Imperial Gospel Singers’ “Fountain of Blood” will remind you of the powerful harmonies of their Philadelphia neighbors, the legendary Angelics. 


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The mainstay of that city’s vibrant gospel music scene, the Cleveland Golden Echoes have been thrilling audiences since 1938. 

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In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden talks about the First Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church Senior Choir No. 1. On one of the group's records you'll find a rousing rendition of the spiritual "Come By Here Lord", or as it's more famously known as "Kumbayah." 


The close-harmony groups of the 1940s created a distinctive sound, using their voices to emulate bass guitars, drums, and even trains. You can hear that styling on the track "Didn't it Rain" by the little-known Southern Harmonizers. The song is an upbeat retelling of the story of Noah and the ark. 


Some of gospel music's most passionate music was recorded by custom recording studios, where groups didn't have to worry about recording what's popular or what would sell. Take for example, "The Old Rugged Cross" by the Tabernacle Singers of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis Missouri. 


Billy Preston's "Gospel in My Soul" -- a song filled with a sanctified beat and a screaming Hammond organ -- has all the makings of a gospel classic. (And close listeners would recognize it as the theme song for Shout!). In this episode, Robert Darden looks at the life and times of Billy Preston.


In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden looks at the life and times of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a masterful guitarist and gospel's first true star in the 1930s and 40s. 


Some of the most well-known spirituals revolve around Christmas. These songs - like "Mary, Whatcha Gonna Call That Pretty Little Baby" -- were featured in the 1961 off-broadway premiere of Black Nativity. 


How good is your pop music IQ? Did you know many notable R&B, Soul and Pop singers got their start in gospel music?


"The Old Ship of Zion" is a favorite of Shout! host Bob Darden. In this episode Darden explores the history of this "haunting" version of an ancient spiritual. 


On this episode of Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments, Robert Darden looks at the intersection of gospel and politics. As early as the 1940s, some artists were placing political messages on the b-sides of their records. 


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