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Tag Archives: gospel

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Fanny Crosby : musicians

Frances Jane Crosby (March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915), usually known as Fanny Crosby in the United States and by her married name, Frances van Alstyne, in the United Kingdom, was an American Methodist rescue mission worker, poet,... more.

February 21, 2013

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Blind Boys of Alabama : musicians

Although the Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing gospel music for more than five decades, it’s only recently that the group has had the benefit of a major record company behind it. From their inception in the 1930s,... more.

February 21, 2013

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Jimmy Carter : musicians

Jimmy Carter is billed as the only founding member of the band still performing. Although he was enrolled at the school and a member of the chorus, he was too young at the time to join when the group... more.

February 21, 2013

Freemaux and Assoc.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe : musicians

Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. A one-of-a-kind pioneer of 20th-century music, Tharpe attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings that were a unique... more.

February 21, 2013

Blind Willie Johnson

Blind WIllie Johnson : musicians

Seminal gospel-blues artist Blind Willie Johnson is regarded as one of the greatest bottleneck slide guitarists. Yet the Texas street-corner evangelist is known as much for the his powerful and fervent gruff voice as he is for his ability... more.

February 21, 2013

Word Entertainment

The Fairfield Four : musicians

During the 1940s, the Fairfield Four were among the top-ranked gospel quartets. The Fairfield Four reached their broadest audience when the Sunway Vitamin Company sponsored a nationally broadcast radio show for them on WLAC, Nashville. Coupled with some financial... more.

February 21, 2013

Specialty Records

Soul Stirrers : musicians

Pushing the music away from the traditional repertoire of jubilees and spirituals towards the visceral, deeply emotional hard gospel style so popular among postwar listeners, the group’s innovative arrangements — they were the first quartet to add a second... more.

February 21, 2013

Herwin Recordings

Reverend D.C. Rice : musicians

Reverend D. C. Rice (born Barbour County, Alabama, c.1888; died Montgomery, Alabama, March 1973) was a preacher and singer. He was raised as a Baptist by his father, and moved to Chicago during World War I. There he joined... more.

February 21, 2013

Document Records

Pastor J.M. Gates : musicians

From 1914 to his death, Gates was the pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Rock Dale Park, Atlanta, Georgia. He had a very prolific recording career, recording over 200 sides between 1926 and 1941, including frequent rerecordings. Experts... more.

February 21, 2013

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Kip Lornell : musicians

Kip Lornell, who works on music projects for the Smithsonian Institute, has a doctorate in ethnomusicology, a master’s in folklore, and a bachelor’s degree in cultural studies. He is the author of Introducing American Folk Music; Leadbelly: King of... more.

February 21, 2013

Document Records

Golden Gate Quartet : musicians

Pioneer Virginia gospel/pop quartet of the ’30s and ’40s. Calling their innovative approach to sacred hymns “jubilee” singing, the Golden Gate Quartet, propelled by Willie Johnson and William Langford, enjoyed massive acceptance far outside the church. Their smooth Mills... more.

February 21, 2013

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Fisk Jubilee Singers : musicians

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are an African-American a cappella ensemble, consisting of students at Fisk University. The first group was organized in 1871 to tour and raise funds for their college. Their early repertoire consisted mostly of traditionalspirituals, but... more.

February 21, 2013

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Reverend Gary Davis : musicians

Davis was partially blind at birth, and lost what little sight he had before he was an adult. He was self-taught on the guitar, beginning at age six, and by the time he was in his 20s he had... more.

February 20, 2013

Hymn – Reverend Gary Davis : music

February 7, 2013

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The Women of Blind Gospel : post

When we think of the tradition of itinerant blind black musicians, names like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Willie McTell or Blind Willie Johnson tend to come up quickly. Blind women in that tradition — harder to name. But there were... more.

February 23, 2012

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Two blind men who helped transform music : post

“It makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.  He did not articulate a single word.  He hummed it and sang it and played it with a bottle-neck that sounded like it was really a razor... more.

February 21, 2012

Why Heavenly Sight is important : post

As you probably know, we’re in the midst of trying to raise money to help promote the Heavenly Sight hour-long public radio documentary and also establish a visually-impaired-friendly website.  In the course of doing research for this blog... more.

February 17, 2012

The Church: melodies, memory and story : post

After their years of slavery African-Americans kept with them Christianity and the hymnals that sang the religion’s praises.  It was a powerful connection in a community deprived of education, where literacy was a rare achievement.  Where few people read,... more.

February 14, 2012