Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments

The Thunderbold of the Midwest," Brother Joe May was an incredibly versatile vocalist who never recorded secular music, despite tremendous pressure from his record label. 


Still going strong after 30 years, the Mighty Sons of Glory continue the proud "hard gospel" tradition of their heroes, the Mighty Clouds of Joy. 

"Home Going" is just one of a number of superb, high-energy gospel songs by Detroit native Victoria Hawkins on Houston's funky Peacock label. 


The masterful Soulfully album by the legendary Andrae Crouch and the Disciples is one of their best, in part because of the memorable anthem, "Through It All." 


Beginning in 1946, the beloved Gotham Records label released a host of quality 45s through 1958, including this happy, up-tempo gospel romp, "Lord, I'm Done Done" by Rudolph Lewis. 


The Jackson Southernaires have released at least 30 stellar gospel albums and had a number of hits, including the seven-minute sermon and song "Too Late," performed by the late, great Willie Banks. 

Blind Willie Johnson provides a link between the spirituals and modern gospel. This brilliant steel-guitar player was a street musician in Texas in the 1930s and '40s and only recorded two dozen incredibly rare 78s and yet he is considered one of the greatese of all American musicians. 

On "Standing Here Wondering Which Way to Go," Marion Williams is accompanied by the best studio musicians Atlantic Records has to offer - and the resulting 45 is one of the classics of gospel music.