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.

 

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”

 

Lord Give Me A Patient Spirit

I learned a few days ago that Rev. James Cleveland wrote just over 300 songs in his lifetime. It is amazing how few of those are well known; most of the titles were foreign to me. So, I’m going to start rooting around to find some of these “lost” Cleveland songs.  Not all will be great I’m sure…if they were they would be well known classics…but you never know with gospel music.

Today’s offering is from the 1975 album titled “Rev. James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir”.  This was one of the first choirs Cleveland directed through the 70’s and 80’s.

 

  1. Lord Give Me A Patient Spirit Rev. James Cleveland & The Southern California Community Choir 4:19

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So Good

A nice piece of contemporary R&B gospel from Karen Clark-Sheard’s 2nd album released in 2002. Karen was of the members of the FABULOUS Clark Sisters from Detroit Michigan.

In 2001 Karen was faced with a life-threatening crisis when a blood vessel burst during a scheduled hernia surgery. Her doctors only gave her a 2% chance of survival due to her complications. After the blood clot was surgically removed, Karen fell into a coma. The coma lasted three and a half weeks, but she made a miraculous recovery. Despite citing hernia surgery, fans continue to speculate that she had undergone a gastric bypass operation which led to the complications of hernia and brain aneurysm because after the ordeal Sheard returned in 2001 looking 1/3 of her size.

Though the release performed well on the charts and Karen’s vocals were in excellent form, the slick contemporary R&B production was not openly embraced by her core audience of traditional gospel music listeners.

 

  1. So Good Karen Clark-Sheard 4:06

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Carry Me Home

And speaking of HOME, it is good to be home.  Yes, they almost had to “Carry Me Home” because of my funky knee, but all is well and I will deal gracefully with whatever comes next.

This is an old Keith Pringle song that I love. Great pounding bass and drums, fine piano, nice B3 and a great choir; all the ingredients needed for a great uptempo song.

Nice to be back at it. Enjoy!!!

 

  1. Carry Me Home Keith Pringle and the Pentecostal Community Choir 4:07

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Oh, one more thing.  The Cambridge Center for Adult Education has invited me back this fall to do a 4 class series on the great Mass Choirs of Gospel.  Classes will be held weekly from 3:30-5:00PM starting on November 8.  It should be both informative and lots of fun!!!

 

If You Believe

  1. If You Believe Keith Pringle 6:23

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I’ll Get Home Someday

  1. I ll Get Home Someday Rev. Maceo Woods & The Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir 4:36

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Anytime, Anywhere

  1. Anytime, Anywhere Rev. Ernest Davis Jr. s Wilmington Chester Mass Choir 5:25

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I Don’t Feel Noways Tired

James Cleveland has recorded several versions of this song with several different choirs, but to my mind, this is the definitive recording made in 1978 in Omaha Nebraska (not exactly the heart of the deep south!).  I have put together Parts 1 & 2 into one big audio file because the song was released as two  separate cuts on the album.  The song also features guest singers like Minister Keith Pringle.

  1. I Dont Feel Noways Tired (Parts1 & 2) Rev. James Cleveland Presents The Salem Baptist Church Inspirational Choir 11:35

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