That Was Good

  1. That Was Good Maggie Bell 3:05

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I can’t find ANYTHING about Maggie Bell anywhere online other than about two songs, so I haven’t much to say other than I like this traditional slow song from 1970.

He’s Alright With Me

  1. He's Alright With Me Rev. Charles Nicks Jr. & The St. James Choir 3:47

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Rev. Charles Nicks has always been one of my favorite gospel artists.  His music is always fresh and original and powerful.  This song grabbed me because it isn’t your average gospel song; it has some neat chords and progressions you don’t usually find in gospel that make it sound wonderful.  The mix of the B3, guitar and drums on the intro is great, and the choir is amazing.  Just wish the song didn’t fade out…it must have gone on longer than the 4 minutes here. I want more!

When We All Get To Heaven

  1. When We All Get To Heaven Willie Walker and the Waves Of Joy 2:20

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A nice uptempo version of an old song of the church.  Good old, down home tarheel gospel from Charlotte North Carolina! I love the backbone that the strident, straight on drum beat gives to the song.

Come Now To Jesus

  1. Come Now To Jesus The Alfonza Campbell Choir 3:50

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I stumbled across this song and really like the style and the sound.  Not your every day run-of-the-mill gospel song and it’s refreshing.

HalleluYah Anyhow

  1. HalleluYah Anyhow Rev. Oris L. Mays with Rev. Clay Evans & The AARC Mass Choir 5:22

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Always one of my favorites, Rev. Clay Evans had a way of finding great singers to work with him.  Here is the late Rev. Oris L. Mays singing “HalleluYah Anyhow” with Rev. Clay Evan’s AARC (African American Religious Connection) Mass Choir.

Magnify The Lord

  1. Magnify The Lord Vernard Johnson and the Central California Mass Choir 4:07

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To my knowledge, there have only been a few solo gospel sax players that really got much notoriety; Angella Christie and Kirk Whalum come to mind.

Vernard Johnson can play for sure and over his career that went from 1973-1992 he recorded 11 albums of gospel soul-jazz-funk.  (His accompanist on piano is singing the solo harmony.)

In 1978 he release an album with the awesome title “Soul Metamorphosis: Rare & Unreissued Gospel Funk 1968-1978”

He Will Stand By Your Side

  1. He Will Stand By Your Side Rev. Cleophus Robinson 4:40

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Cleophus Robinson was born March 18, 1932 in Canton, Mississippi. His mother, Lillie, was a well known gospel singer in the region. In 1948, he moved to Chicago, where he sang at churches, as well as appearing with the Roberta Martin Singers and Mahalia Jackson.

In September 1949 he made his first recordings for Miracle Records. as Bro Cleophus Robinson. He then relocated to Memphis. After graduating from high school, he began a weekly radio show, The Voice of the Soul.  By 1956, Robinson’s career had stalled. A year later, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, working at the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church as pastor for over 40 years. In 1964, he started a gospel television show that ran for 20 years. He was often referred to as “The World’s Greatest Gospel Singer”.

He toured Europe in 1969. and released his biggest hit, “Wrapped Up, Tied Up, Tangled Up.” The single enjoyed crossover success with a white audience.  In 1975, he appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and in 1980, he sang at the White House.  Rev. Robinson died in St Louis Mo in 1998.

Loving God

  1. Loving God The Haynes Temple Choir COGIC 4:07

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I can find NOTHING about the Haynes Temple Church in Christ Choir on the web…but I love their contemporary style from 1975.

Jesus Gave Me

  1. Jesus Gave Me Martha Bass 3:24

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(This is a multi song post…be sure to scroll down to listen to all three songs.) Martha Bass was born on March 7, 1921 in the deep south. After migrating to St. Louis as a young girl, she joined the Pleasant Green Baptist Church, where she was a promising gospel vocalist. She came under the authoritative and watchful tutelage of Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, the head of the Soloists Bureau in gospel composer Thomas A. Dorsey’s National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, and it was there that she developed into a “house wrecker” as they are called in gospel.

With Mother Ford’s teaching and a wealth of church singing experience under her belt, she left St. Louis in the early 1950s to travel with the great Clara Ward Singers, but left after one year. Only one recording, “Wasn’t it a Pity How They Punished my Lord”, remains of her time with the Clara Ward Singers.

In the 1960s her album, “I’m So Grateful”, from which this cut was taken, Martha established her as a gospel singer of the first rank.

Martha was the mother of both gospel/R&B singers David Peaston and Fontella Bass, who’s 1966 hit “Rescue Me” was a chartbuster.  (Dig the “groovy” outfit she has on and the all white band backing her up…those were the daze!)

 

  1. Rescue Me Fontella Bass 2:54

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On the coattails of the success of Fontella’s song, Martha released her own GOSPEL version of “Rescue Me”

  1. Rescue Me Matha Bass 2:20

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Let’s Celebrate (He Is Risen)

  1. Let's Celebrate Rev. Timothy Wright And The New York Fellowship Mass Choir 5:39

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A nice Easter type song from gospel great Timothy Wright and his New York Fellowship Mass Choir. (Nice pop and slap bass line!) JVOI sang this song in 2005 when James Early was director.