Nearer and Nearer To My Home

A wonderful song from Pastor W.A. Treadwell & The United Faith Tabernacle Choir.  Great guitar accompaniment, and a nice surprise at 2:25

William “Willie” Treadwell was born in Anniston, AL. on February 28, 1931, to the late David and Limmer-Jane Treadwell. Bishop Treadwell was drafted into the United States Army in 1952 where we fought in the Korean War. He passed away in May of this year.  The following is from his obituary.

 

  1. Nearer and Nearer To My Home Pastor W.A. Treadwell & The United Faith Tabernacle Choir 5:53

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The Treadwell Community Singers was the first chorale group to be presented on the award-winning Jubilee Showcase telecast. The choir went on to record their first album in 1958 entitled God’s Crowd and won several awards leading them to be signed to Checker Records (Universal Records). The Treadwell Community Singers directly influenced gospel music in Chicago and touched the lives of hundreds of people throughout the Midwest. In 2010, Bishop Treadwell was honored with a Living Legend Award by Gospel Music According to Chicago.

During Bishop Treadwell’s life, he was very active in the NAACP, founded a number of community organizations, such as I Am Brotherhood and The Treadwell Foundation. He actively organized community feedings and toy giveaways in his community.

I Shall Wear A Crown – Revisited yet again!

Here is a 9 minute treat for all of you I found on YouTube this morning.  This is a fantastic recording of an unknown choir doing an amazing job on Thomas Whitfield’s classic song, “I Shall Wear A Crown”.  The wonderful soprano sax featured prominently in the intro is played by a young woman…the whole band is great. If you enjoy this audio version, take time to watch the video on YouTube; it can easily reduce you to tears when you see the emotions of the choir members.  Enjoy.

 

  1. I Shall Wear A Crown Unknown 9:00

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He Brought Me Out

They called Freeman Wilson Jr. the “Teddy Pendergrass of gospel music.” They also called him a “miracle,” because when he was born in 1941, he weighed just 2.5 pounds and there was considerable doubt that he’d survive. But survive he did, and he became an important force in the world of gospel music in Philadelphia and around the country.

 

  1. He Brought Me Out Philadelphia Mass Choir 3:08

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In 1967, he and James Ford founded Philadelphia Mass Choir, part of the national Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA). It was the first chapter of the GMWA and was hailed in a review in 1999 as a “renowned voice in gospel music.” “The Philadelphia Mass Choir has become pioneers for mass choirs all over the country,” wrote a reviewer.

The choir made a number of award-winning recordings. Its album “Everything Has Worked Out All Right” won a Gospel Stellar Award as best album of the year in 1987, and its “Never Gonna Give Up” received best gospel recording by the Philadelphia Music Foundation in 1989.

Just A Little Talk With Jesus

I was preparing another song to post this morning when this song started to play and it quickly grabbed my attention right from the intro, so I thought I’d post this song instead. I noticed this great song was composed by Cleavant Derricks. Always one to recognise good song writers, I Google him. What an interesting history.  Everyone has a story!

 

  1. Just A Little Talk With Jesus Dr. Charles G. Hayes & Cosmopolian Church of Prayer Choir 6:48

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Actor-singer-composer Cleavant Derricks began his career writing Gospel music in Nashville, Tennessee. His songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bonnie Porter, Dale Evans and Dr. Charles G. Hayes & The Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir.

Along with his father – a Baptist Minister and gospel composer – Cleavant wrote a gospel album, Satisfaction Guaranteed, which was nominated for a Grammy Award.

As the years progressed, Cleavant went to New York City to pursue an acting career. Creating the role of James Thunder Early for Michael Bennett’s Broadway production of Dreamgirls, Cleavant received a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award. He also won an LA Drama Critic Circles Award for the vocal arrangements.

 

I’ve Come To Praise His Name

A nice uptempo song from one of my all-time favorites, Rev. Clay Evans.

  1. I've Come To Praise His Name Rev. Clay Evans & The Ship 3:33

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While researching this song I did come across some disturbing information about Rev. Evans.  Seems that back in the 60’s or so, Rev. Evans made an album (TWO SIDES!!) of a homophobic sermon/rant he gave.  What bothers me the most is Rev. Evans was one of the giants of gospel music and owed a lot to his contemporary, the GODFATHER of Gospel Music, Rev. James Cleveland who was gay and how tragically died of complications due to AIDS.  “The Church” is so good at sowing hatred at times.

 

Climbing Up The Mountain

This goes back a bit to 1976 (sounds like yesterday to me, but do the math…that’s 40+ years ago!).  It has a nice down home country flavor to it, even though the choir hails from Nutley, NJ!  Nice guitar accompaniment. Nice dynamics by the choir too.

  1. Climbing Up The Mountain Rev. Lawrence Roberts & The Angelic Choir 2:20

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O Lord I Just Want To Thank You

Happy Monday morning! Here is a song GUARANTEED to get your motor running before you head out on the highway today looking for adventure in whatever comes your way.

There are uptempo songs and then there are UPTEMPO songs. This is one of the later.  Speaking for myself, I’m exhausted after just listening to snippets of this song.  The drummer must be absolutely spent, the bass player’s fingers must be ready to fall off, and I love the high pitched sopranos who let it go every now and then.

If you stand and move along with this song, I’ll excuse you from having to go to exercise class today.  Enjoy.

 

  1. O Lord I Just Want To Thank You The Sixth Jurisdiction of Illinois State Choir COGIC 6:01

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He Keeps On Blessing Me

Rev. Gerald Thompson & The Chicago Combined Choir never seem to fail to grab my attention. I just love their music.  This is a good Sunday morning gospel church song; the first four and a half minutes is the song itself, the remaining four minutes is one big Praise Break.  So get your dancin’ shoes on and have yourself some sanctified church.

 

  1. He Keeps On Blessing Me Rev. Gerald Thompson & The Chicago Combined Choir 8:37

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Heaven Is My Goal

“Back in the day”, the two biggest recording labels in gospel were Savoy Records and Malaco Records.  Savoy Records was started by Herman Lubinsky in 1942 in Newark, New Jersey and specialized in jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel music. 

Many of the label’s black artists believe Lubinsky grossly underpaid them for their work. Tiny Price, a journalist for the African-American newspaper The Newark Herald News, said of Savoy and Lubinsky: “There’s no doubt everybody hated Herman Lubinsky. If he messed with you, you were messed. At the same time, some of those people, many of them Newark’s top singers and musicians, would never have been exposed to records if he didn’t do what he did. Were it not for Lubinsky, all the hot little numbers, like Buddy Johnson’s “Cherry”, would have been lost. The man may have been hated, but he saved a lot of our history for us and for future generations.”

Malaco Records, originally started in 1960 as a booking company, got into recording gospel in the late 70’s, and then acquired Savoy in 1986 making Malaco/Savoy THE gospel labels.  The album “Heaven Is My Goal” by Dr.Charles G. Hayes & The Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir of Chicago was Savoy’s first gospel release in 1979.

This song is VERY similar to the old gospel classic, “Trouble In My Way” that I have posted several versions of in the past.  After listening to this, check out the links to other versions of “Trouble in My Way”.

 

  1. Heaven Is My Goal Dr.Charles G. Hayes & The Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir of Chicago 4:41

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James Cleveland  – “Trouble In My Way”

Perfect Praise – “Trouble In My Way”

Castro Coleman  – “Trouble In My Way”

 

Don’t Take Your Spirit

In the early days of gospel, the radio was THE medium for getting the music to the eager masses.  Powerful clear channel AM radio stations could be heard for several hundred miles at night when smaller stations that would otherwise interfere with the signal had signed off for the day. (When I was 9 or 10 years old I used to listen to great jazz late at night on “The Harley Sandwich Radio Show” from WBAL in Baltimore (which ran 1958 – 1974) from while lying in bed here in Massachusetts with my little rocket radio [see image] ).

“Back in the day” Saturday nights were BIG gospel radio nights, and one of the best known choirs was Luvonia Whittley & The Corthinthian Temple COGIC (Church of God In Christ) Radio Choir.  Starting in 1988 Ms. Whittley’s served as host of the Chicago based radio show on WYCA and WRGB “Gospel at Its Best” until 2013 and rightfully earned the title “Chicagoland’s Radio Minister of Music”.

 

  1. Don't Take Your Spirit Luvonia Whittley & The Corthinthian Temple COGIC Radio Choir 6:54

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