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 in an on-going weekly series of two-minute segments. Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments explores the distinctly African-American sound of the "Golden Age of Gospel" (1945-1975). The series celebrates this fertile musical period in American history, presenting cultural snapshots that reveal the depth of a people, their community, and the influence they have had on the rest of American music.
Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments

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Author and Baylor University professor Robert Darden tells stories - and plays recordings - from the Baylor University Libraries' Black Gospel Music Restoration Project in an on-going weekly series of two-minute segments. Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments explores the distinctly African-American sound of the "Golden Age of Gospel" (1945-1975). The series celebrates this fertile musical period in American history, presenting cultural snapshots that reveal the depth of a people, their community, and the influence they have had on the rest of American music.

Most Recent Episodes

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - "Joy Like A River"

The multi-talented Elder Nick Hightower founded the House of God Saints in Christ Churches denomination, was the father of the fabulous Hightower Brothers gospel group, and recorded the excellent It's a Long, Long Way LP with vocalist Sister Massey.

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - "Lord I Need You"

Some of the best recordings in the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project are those by absolutely unknown artists. As far as we know, this 45 is the only copy of the Messiah Gospel Singers performing "Lord, I Need You." And yet this ragged, emotional performance strikes a chord that only real, raw gospel music can reach.

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - "Deep River"

During World War II, Leonard De Paur created the De Paur Infantry Chorus, which would bring extraordinary music into the lives of soldiers in both the European and Pacific theaters. After the war, the chorus stayed together and recorded some remarkable albums of spirituals and sacred classical music. This is their rendition of "Deep River."

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - "Motherless Child"

During Lou Rawls' stay with the Pilgrim Travelers, he recorded a number of classic gospel songs, including beautiful, jazzy renditions of the classic spirituals. One of the best is this version of "Motherless Child."

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - "You Must Come In at the Door"

Some gospel artist never received the acclaim their talents deserved. One such artist is singer, composer and choir leader Lloyd C. Russell, who released several excellent LPs for Savoy's Gospel line in the 1960s and '70s, including this one - Until We Meet Again.

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - "All Ready Been to the Water"

Like the best of the thousands of self-pressed LPs by African American churches across the country, Hello Sunshine by the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church is a joyous gospel romp - lacking in studio polish, but more than making up for it with spirited singing and playing.

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - "Ain't No Sunshine"

The Crowns of Glory cover Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine" hit and turn it into an apocalyptic tour-de-force.

Conversations With Creative Waco - Chuck Jennings

This week on Conversations with Creative Waco , host Rae Jefferson speaks with local jazz musician Chuck Jennings about his time performing in large cities and how that compares to Waco. The two also discuss the Jazz Jam sessions Jennings leads every month at Cultivate 7Twelve and how the genre could use a revitalization of regionalism across the country and in smaller cities.

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - "I'll Tell It Wherever I Go"

The legendary Sallie Martin and Thomas Dorsey reunited in 1973 to record a version of Dorsey's classic "I'll Tell It Wherever I Go."

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - "In My Father's House"

Chicago legend, the Rev. Issac Whittmon leads the Greater Metropolitan COGIC choir on a rafter-raising gospel stomper. Full length audio here

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