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Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Kumbayah

Mar 26, 2017

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." 


In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden shows us "Travelin' Up" by the Singinaires. Released on the little-known Glad-Hamp Record Label, "Travelin' Up" is a joyful, easygoing gospel gem. 


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. 


Over the years, several groups have performed and recorded under the name "The Gospelaires." But Shout! host Bob Darden's favorite group is The Gospelaires of Dayton, Ohio. But not much is known about the group that performed roughly from 1954 - 1980. 


Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: The Blind Boys of Alabama

Feb 19, 2017

The Blind Boys of Alabama have been around since 1939, when a group of 9 year olds started singing spirituals at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind. The group was originally called the Happy Land Jubilee Singers. And today, they're a Grammy-award winning group. 


Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Bessie Griffin

Feb 12, 2017

In this week's episode of Shout! host Bob Darden looks at the career of Bessie Griffin, a marvelous singer who could never bring herself to sing the blues, which - in some gospel circles - was called the "devil's music." 


From 1937 to 1989, the Rev. William Holmes Borders Sr. was the pastor for the Wheat Street Baptist Church, which has served Atlanta for nearly 150 years. Rev. Borders had a reputation for knowing and loving good gospel music, which became clear with the songs the choir recorded.


Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Billy Preston

Jan 22, 2017

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.


Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Jubilee

Nov 28, 2016

Remember Doo-Wop? In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden takes a look at jubilee, a gospel music styling that could be the root of Doo-Wop, the popular 1950s genre. 


Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Pop IQ

Nov 14, 2016

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. 


Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Civil Rights

Oct 30, 2016

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. 


Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: What are Spirituals?

Oct 23, 2016

On this episode of Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments, Robert Darden explores what spirituals could have sounded like. The technology to record these songs was nonexistent during the 1800s, but versions of the spirituals were sung in the 20th century.