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The unknown Reverend Leon Hamner and the Holy City Travelers cut loose of the gospel rave-up "I've Got the Love of Jesus".


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Sister Josephine James' slow and bluesy rendition of "God Can Make a Way" will give you shivers!

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The pride of St. Louis, the Rev. Cleophus Robinson, lends his silky voice to the traditional ballad, "God by With You".


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Sister Rosetta Tharp's legacy as one of the greatest gospel artists of all time is cemented by breezy, bouncy gospel swing tunes like this one, "Go Ahead".


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The D.C. Christian Harmonizers released several joyfully funky 45s on a variety of small gospel labels in the late '60's and early '70's.

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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 Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments, author and Baylor University professor Robert Darden tells stories -- and plays recordings -- from the Baylor University Libraries' Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. This series will explore the distinctly African-American sound of the "Golden Age of Gospel", providing cultural snapshots that reveal the depth of a people, their community, and the influence they have had on the rest of American music. In this first episode: what's gospel?