Just Another Day (That The Lord Has Kept Me)

It’s a twofer Sunday.  First off, some GREAT B-3 organ and then a great bluesy version of the same song from the GMWA Mass Choir at the nation convention in Birmingham AL in 2016.

 

  1. Just Another Day (That The Lord Has Kept Me Eustice Matthew Williams 5:04

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  1. "Just Another Day That The Lord Has Kept Me - GMWA Birmingham 2016 - Dan "Spiffy" Neuman on guitar" GMWA Mass Choir 4:30
  2. Just Another Day That The Lord Has Kept Me - GMWA Birmingham 2016 GMWA Mass Choir 4:30

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Thank You For Your Healing

Here is one more from Twinkie Clark’s “Praise and Worship” live album released in 2006. She does write some great songs.

 

  1. Thank You For The Healing Twinkie Clark 4:46

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In Your Presence

Twinkie Clark (nee Elbertina) is the eldest daughter of Mattie Moss Clark who was Director of the Music Department for The Church of God in Christ.  With her sisters, Twinkie headed the Clark Sister who had a huge impact on contemporary gospel. Twinkie was well versed as an organist and could make the B3 be a true instrument of praise.  This song showcases Twinkie’s talents.

 

  1. In Your Presence (Elbertina) Twinkie Clark 5:10

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Oh Mary Don’t You Weep

This song was suggested to me by Tina Kohout, a singer in Joyful Voices of Inspiration.  Thank you Tina; great find. This cut is from a 1983 album of Prince’s titled “Piano & A Microphone”.  Great self accompanied solo version.

 

 

  1. Mary Don't You Weep Prince 4:26

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The recently released music video for this song is raw and powerful.  Watch on YouTube:

 

 

 

 

Take It To Jesus

Tamela Mann is a great gospel singer, but I haven’t listened to much of her work to be honest. This song is from the soundtrack of the movie “Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman” which I haven’t seen. The song is good gospel though and I thought I would share it with you today.

 

  1. Take It To Jesus Tamela Mann 2:53

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Here’s part of Tamela’s bio from Wikipedia:

Mann began her career as a singer with the gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family. She was a featured soloist on several tracks while with Franklin’s group, including “Lean on Me”. She released her debut studio album in 2005. Her third studio album, Best Days was certified Gold by the RIAA, and lead single “Take Me to the King” was huge commercial success, and well as received Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance nomination.[1]

Mann is known for her role as Cora in Tyler Perry’s plays, including I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion, Madea’s Class Reunion, Meet the Browns, and What’s Done in the Dark. Mann has appeared in movies including Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea’s Big Happy Family. She recorded some songs on the soundtrack for Diary of a Mad Black Woman, including participating in the song “Father (Can You Hear Me)”.

He is Worthy To Be Praised

Another great song from 1994 from one of Chicago’s foremost gospel performer and producer, Rev. Clay Evans and his Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church choir.

 

  1. He is Worthy To Be Praised Rev. Clay Evans & The Fellowship Choir 3:35

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Clay Evans was born on June 25, 1925, in Brownsville, Tennessee, to Henry Clay and Estanauly Evans. He was a graduate of Carver High School, then he moved onto Chicago Baptist Institute for seminary education. He was ordained to be a Baptist minister in 1950, and he founded Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois on September 10, 1950 with five founding members. His sermons were broadcast on radio and television.

In 1965, Rev. Evans joined Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., to promote the civil rights movement in Chicago. In 1971 they founded the Operation PUSH coalition, to encourage black self-help. Evans’ music career started in 1964 and he has released thirty-eight musical projects, up until his latest release in 2006. His album have charted on the Billboard charts at various times during his career.He has had eleven albums chart on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart, during that time span.

Joy In The Morning

Song says. “Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Hold on, be strong, the storm will pass over.

 

  1. Joy In The Morning Dottie Peoples 4:26

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Let Jesus Love You

More from one of the geniuses of contemporary gospel music, the late, GREAT, Edwin Hawkins! The great La Shun Pace-Rhodes sings the lead solo.

 

  1. Let Jesus Love You Edwin Hawkins 6:03

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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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Soul as Blues as Gospel as Blues as Soul

As I was driving yesterday, Aretha Franklin’s version of “Drown In My Own Tears” came on, and I was amazed about how very, very closely the song sounded for all the world just like a gospel song.  Same great female lead solo, fantastic backup vocals from the choir, chords that are pure gospel, or just one note off, and a killer vamp at the end.  As I listened again this morning, I recalled Beverly Crawford’s version of “(You Must Be) Born Again”, and knew it was just the gospel twin of Aretha’s song. And then I thought of Cream’s song, “Sitting On Top Of The World” and one see’s exactly where Soul, R&B and Gospel intersect with Rock music, so I’m throwing that in too for good measure.

This is a wonderful, simple lesson on the influence of black American blues, gospel, and soul music on the world

  1. Drown In My Own Tears Aretha Franklin 4:05

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  1. Born Again Beverly Crawford 11:14

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  1. Sitting On Top Of The World Cream 4:58

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