Stand By Me

What does it take to make a great gospel song.  At the minimum:

Great song: “Stand By Me”.
Great Composer: Thomas A. Dorsey, “The Father of Gospel Music”.
Classic Lyrics: “When the storms of life are raging, stand by me…”
Great singer/soloist: R.H. Harris (Predecessor to Sam Cooke in The Soul Stirrers).
Great accompaniment: Just a wonderful Hammond B3 organ.

VOILA!!  What more do you need? Instant winner.   Enjoy.

 

  1. Stand By Me R. H. Harris & The Masonic Quintet 5:04

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All of My Help

This song has it all.  Great B3 organ, fantastic opening leas soloist, great uptempo body with outstanding bass and a beat that is perfectly slightly syncopated off the beat by just a touch, and a great bridge. an energetic vamp and a super finale.  What more could one ask for??

 

  1. All Of My Help Greg Kelly & The Miracle Temple Mass Choir 6:49

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My Liberty

So this is a B3 organ instrumental accompaniment track for “My Liberty“, the song first made popular by The Southeast Inspirational Choir” with Yolanda Adams.  If you know the song, sing along.

 

  1. My Liberty Dwayne Dunham 2:13

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I’ll Fly Away on Hammond B3

 

“I’ll Fly Away,” written by Albert E. Brumley in 1929, is a hymn most associated with American Baptists and the Church of Christ. It is an optimistic song about an earthly death that leads to everlasting life in glory with Christ.

“I’ll Fly Away” has been called the most recorded gospel music song, beginning with a recording by James and Martha Carson, the “Barn Dance Sweethearts” of WSB Atlanta, in 1946, followed two years later by the Chuck Wagon Gang in 1948

 

  1. l'll Fly Away Stanley Wilder 3:09

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Some glad morning when this life is o’er,
I’ll fly away;
To a home on God’s celestial shore,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

Chorus
I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
I’ll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

When the shadows of this life have gone,
I’ll fly away;
Like a bird from prison bars has flown,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away)

Chorus

Just a few more weary days and then,
I’ll fly away;
To a land where joy shall never end,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away)

 


 

You Must Come In At The Door

I can’t believe I haven’t posted this song yet.  How did I overlook it.?? I immediately thought of  “You Must Come In At The Door” when I listened to yesterday’s post, “Come On in The Room”.

This is another song that starts off with a Milton Biggham telling a story, but the fast moving walking bass line, the piano and the marvelous Hammond B3 punctuating the story are wonderful. This is one of the songs that got me hooked on gospel so many years ago. Enjoy!

 

  1. You Must Come In At The Door Georgia Mass Choir 6:20

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(Never Can Forget) What You’ve Done For Me

Okay, so I watched a YouTube video last night of The Trinity UCC of Chicago choir singing “(Never Can Forget) What You’ve Done For Me”.  That led to a serious case of earworm and that lead to this post; THREE (3) versions of the song, each of which I love.  For the version from the Trinity UCC, I spliced in a solo intro from another recording because I love that too…you can hear the change in quality, if not a bit in pitch, but it works..IMHO.   The version from the GMWA Youth Choir has the best fidelity, and the last version is good old time music.  Have a wonderful day.  And NEVER forget all the wonderful things He’s done for you.

 

  1. Never Shall Forget What He's Done For Me Trinity UCC of Chicago Gospel Choir 8:57

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  1. (Never Shall Forget) What He's Done for Me Gospel Music Workshop of America Youth Choir 6:36

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  1. (Never Can Forget) What He's Done For Me Eddie Robinson & Mount Olive Fort Lauderdale Mass Choir 5:56

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I Won’t Complain

This song, “I Won’t Complain” has become a torch-y classic since it was first released by the late Rev. Paul Jones in 1990 shortly before he was tragically murdered.

Here we have Boston’s own, the incomparable Brother Dennis Montgomery from the faculty of The Berklee School of Music noodling around playing and instrumental B3 version of “I Won’t Complain” while showing some students technique and style.  I LOVE this cut!!!!!!

 

  1. I Won't Complain Dennis Montgomery 4:51

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Just Playing Around On A B3 With A Leslie 122 Speaker

I am ALWAYS blown away by the amazing talent that seemingly “ordinary” people have. Case in point. This audio track is from a YouTube video that was shot in an organ store in Chicago. My impression is that anyone how wants to come in a try one of the hundreds of organs on the showroom floor is welcome to play. So, here’s a guy who just decided to stop by and “noodle around” and have fun playing an inspired version of “Amazing Grace” on a Hammond B3 organ with a Leslie 122 speaker. Amen Bro and Thank You for making my day.

 

  1. Noodling on a B3 with a Leslie 122 Speaker Unknown 2:52

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If you don’t know what as Leslie speaker is, it is the unit to the right with the cabinet removed. It is what give the B3 such a rich wonderful sound.

 

So here is the original video:

 

and here is a video about the fascinating “History of The Leslie Speakers”

 

I Am Redeemed

…and if you are NOT yet redeemed, these two pieces surely WILL get ya there.

The organist in these two videos, Mose Tyson, made this comment to go with the videos:

I was just playing around and started singing “I Am Redeemed”. I am AMAZED at how people love this video because anybody who knows me can tell you that I was HAVING FUN. I was playing around. THANK GOD!!!

THIS MUSIC IS JUST THE BEST!!! (RLS)

 

 

 

And if you liked those, you’ll LOVE this YouTube Video Mix of 39 pieces by
Mose Tyson.

Twinkie’s Organ Prelude (High Place)/Endow Me

I LOVE The Clark Sisters. And I REALLY love it when Twinkie just plays her B3.

 

  1. Twinkie's Organ Prelude (High Place)/Endow Me The Clark Sisters 10:06

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Today’s post is a two song mash up I made that starts off with Twinkie on the B3 playing a riff she calls “High Place”…a piece of B3 organ music that really does take me to a very high place. I love the chord progressions starting around 2:05.  This is followed by the entire group of Clark Sisters performing their song “Endow Me” live in Charlotte North Carolina (Yup, props to NC DP and Dana!).

Have a blessed day.