Without The Lord

I found this song on YouTube, and thought I’d post it because I liked it.  I just researched the artist, King Louis H. Narcisse on Wikipedia.  What an amazing bio.

This song is kind of like Bobby “Blues” Bland meets gospel.  If you were ever unsure that blues, R&B, soul and gospel are all intertwined and part and parcel of the black musical experience, now you know.

 

  1. Without The Lord King Louis H. Narcisse 2:51

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Louis H. Narcisse (April 27, 1921 – February 3, 1989), also known as King Louis H. Narcisse, was an African-American religious leader and the founder of the Mt. Zion Spiritual Church. He claimed religious leaders of the time such as Father Divine, Daddy Grace and, James F. Jones were his divine predecessors. [I’ve heard the names, but know nothing more about these “divine” pastors with colorful names – RLS]

He was an organizer and spiritual healer in Oakland, California. He was also a gospel minister, vocalist, musician, and composer with whom gospel singer Mahalia Jackson often collaborated.

Louis Herbert Narcisse was born on April 27, 1921 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Stella Narcisse. His father, Jesse Narcisse, was killed in a shipboard accident before his birth. The youngest of four siblings, Narcisse came from a devout Baptist family. At an early age, young Narcisse knew that he had been touched by the hand of God.[5] His family found out early on that Narcisse was something very special, a religious child prodigy who was reserved but loved to pray and sing spiritual music.[5] His singing talents were first locally recognized in New Orleans when he was a teenager, where Narcisse won five radio auditions. As a teen, he became a soloist at church services and funerals.
Ministry

At 18 years old, Narcisse entered into the Christian ministry in the summer of 1939. Narcisse migrated to California during World War II when God spoke to him to come to California. He found a job in Hunter’s Point Shipyards in San Francisco, California as an electrical worker earning $85 a week. He lived at a Hunter’s Point War World II Housing Project.[3]

In South San Francisco the Mt. Zion movement began with a small prayer meeting,”[2][3] from there Narcisse founded Mount Zion Spiritual Temple in Oakland on November 8, 1945 under the credo “It’s nice to be nice.” The church was named after his boyhood church in New Orleans, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, which had been the place of his baptism, but Narcisse’s Mount Zion Spiritual Temple was actually a Spiritualist church in the African-American Spiritual Church Movement tradition. As his popularity grew, he presided over several churches in Oakland, Sacramento, Houston, and Detroit, and travelled between them.

Source: Wikipedia

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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Are You Willing

  1. Are You Willing Trinity All Nations Combined Choir 9:30

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His Name Is Jesus

  1. His Name Is Jesus UCLA Gospel Choir 3:41

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Don’t Take Your Spirit

I’m going into vacation mode.  Starting today I will continue to post a song each day, but for sake of expediency, I’m going to schedule all the posts from July 2 to July 20 to be delivered automatically.  I’m afraid I don’t have time to add interesting info and factoids about each song, so the music will have to speak for itself.  There is NOTHING I could tell you that one couldn’t dig out with a little work on Goggle, so it a song is of interest, Google it and learn more.

  1. Don t Take Your Spirit Luvonia Whittley & Corinthian Temple COGIC Radio Choir. 6:54

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God’s Way

Sara Jordan Powell is unquestionably a giant of gospel music. She made some classic albums in the ’70s, produced by gospel patriarch James Cleveland. Yet, demonstrating the curiously fragmentary nature of gospel music research Sara’s major contribution to gospel music history is not mentioned in gospel histories written by Tony Heilbut, Viv Broughton, Horace Clarence Boyer and Steve Turner. Only Bil Carpenter’s Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia rightly recognized that “Sara Jordan Powell’s recognition within the COGIC denomination is iconic” and that the singer is loved for her “semi-operatic soprano and her ear-piercing gymnastics.” 

  1. God's Way Sara Jordan Powell 4:51

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She told Joseph Middleton in an interview, “I believe the older gospel should be preserved because it is timeless. I believe young people need to relate to it because it is our heritage. Gifts and talents are a sacred trust which should never be abused.” 

Feel The Spirit

Today’s feature song comes from my deep bag full of arcane/moldy/lost gospel songs.

As I previewed this song this morning looking for a song to post, something about the song seemed familiar.  Then it dawn on me. The notes, not the lyrics, sounded a lot like a song thought I remembered.  As the song went on, I knew right away it was a gospel remake of Peabo Bryson’s 1978 hit , “Feel The Fire”…and then I understood why the song title was “Feel The SPIRIT”.

Makes sense to me.   It’s 1980, gospel isn’t the ubiquitous thing it is today, and so to attract high school kids in Trenton N.J. to sing in a gospel choir, why not rework a kewl R&B slow jam??

So, I’m posting both songs for your listening pleasure.  The “Peabo” album was one of my favorites and I almost wore the groove out on it.  Enjoy.

 

  1. Feel The Spirit The Trenton High School Gospel Choir 7:39

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  1. Feel The Fire Peabo Bryson 4:30

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How Long Has It Been Since You Prayed

This song by Douglas Miller is performed by Mattie Moss Clark, mother of the fabulous Clark Sisters from Detroit and served as head of the music ministry for The Church of God in Christ for years.

Douglas Miller was born on December 31, 1949 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and was reared in the church singing in the choir. He went to the University of Akron, and while he was there Mattie Moss Clark trained him how to hone his craft, and presented him at Midnight Musicals put on by The Church of God in Christ.

Douglas Miller also wrote a song some of you may know, “Unspeakable Joy”…I’ll post that song tomorrow!!

  1. How Long Has It Been Since You Prayed Mattie Moss Clark 5:12

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