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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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The unknown Rev. Leon Hamner and the Holy City Travelers cut loose on the gospel rave-up, “I’ve Got the Love of Jesus.”

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Bessie Griffin’s towering version of “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” is one of gospel music’s great recordings.

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Did you know Ike and Tina Turner once released a great gospel LP in 1973?


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The guitar playing Holmes Sisters were clearly acolytes of the immortal Sister Rosetta Tharp, as "Gonna Ride This Train" quickly makes clear.

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"Mother's Advice" by Georgia's Taylor Brothers is a gently rocking country gospel jewel.

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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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"Mother Church" Kennerly Temple's choir has been making great gospel music for a very long time.


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?