Walk Around Heaven

I probably don’t post enough songs by male quartets.  If you don’t know about The Mighty Clouds of Joy, you should.  They are one of the venerable male quartets and they’ve cranked out a LOT of records…over 30 in their time. The Mighty Clouds of Joy formed in Los Angeles in 1961 and started out in a tradition-based style. Eventually they added soul, R&B, and rock into their musical mix without diluting the essential religious essence of their material. Thegroup flourished throughout the rest of the 20th century, scoring numerous Grammy Awards and nominations, as well as several hit albums along the way.

 

  1. Walk Around Heaven All Day Mighty Clouds of Joy 3:55

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Oh To Be Kept By Jesus

The Shirley Wahls Singers distinguish themselves by their close and magnificent harmonies and their songs are arranged with great art and refinement. All singers are talented soloists, who express themselves in a variety of styles, and possess a wide array of beautiful and contrasting voices.

Shirley Wahls comes from a rich family background of musicians, singers. By the age of three she was already singing in children’s choirs and Sunday school shows.

At the age of thirteen, Shirley made her first professional tour with her uncle Aaron “T-Bone” Walker as an opening act. After attending Toogaloo College, and the American Conservatory of Music, she joined and performed with such famous gospel groups as the Argo Singers, the The Ward Singers, and the Dorothy Norwood Singers.

 

 

  1. Oh To Be Kept By Jesus The Shirley Wahls Singers 3:42

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In the ’60’s she decided to form her own group, the Shirley Wahls Singers, and was able to attract some of the best living Chicago singers: Tecora Rogers and Ann Bridges, two renowned soloists, and Delores Washington, originally with the Caravans.

 

It’s In My Heart

A nice example of the old gospel “quartet” sound from Harvey Watkins and The Canton Spirituals.  They are joined on this recording by to other famous singers, Doug and Melvin Williams of The Williams Brothers.

 

  1. It's In My Heart Harvey Watkins and The Canton Spirituals 6:29

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