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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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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Glory Glory (Lay My Burdens Down)

He’s an updated version of the old song, “Glory Glory (Lay My Burdens Down) from The Miami Mass Choir…not to be confused with the Florida Mass Choir.

The choir was started by Rev. Milton Biggham, Songwriter, Producer, Singer, and Executive Director of Savoy Records. He is best known for starting The Mississippi Mass Choir, and the Georgia Mass Choir as well. He cleverly used the materials from these choirs to record and turn into albums resulting in big sales for his Savoy Records.

And don’t miss The Blue Spring Mississippi Mass Delegation’s version of this song;

 

  1. Glory Glory Miami Mass Choir 3:33

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Going Home

Since today is the day that the Joyful Voices of Inspiration’s summer 2018 tour of Germany ends, I thought it only fitting to post a song titled “Going Home”.  This song dates back to 1982.  Traveling mercies to all of your headed back home today.!! Sichere Reisen!

 

  1. Going Home Alvin Dread & The Alvin Dread Singers 5:24

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Lord, You Been Good

A great song…very down home sound.  Nice sax solos and the choir sounds just soooo…SASSY as they sing.  The song gets bigger and better as it goes on, crescendo-ing in the middle and pulling back for the ending.

 

  1. Lord, You Been Good Amos Davis & The Angelic Choraleers 5:00

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You’ve Been Truly Wondrously Blessed

James Moore won stardom singing “You’ve Been Truly Wondrously Blessed”. He was inspired and coached by Dr. Mattie Moss Clark and the Clark sisters and the Rev. James Cleveland. He began his career with the G.M.W.A in 1974, and went on to record many albums. Despite a diabetic affliction that took his sight in 1994 he still traveled preaching and singing where ever he went. He performed with such legendary gospel artist such as Lashun Pace, Rev. Cleveland, Frank Williams, Dr. Bobby Jones, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and countless others. In 1998 inducted into Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He was nickname by radio announcers as the King of Gospel and was considered by many to be one of the greatest voices of our time.

 

  1. You've Been Truly Wondrously Blessed Rev. James Moore 3:51

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Just Another Day

This is a great cover of an old song.  Keith Pringle had a big hit with this in the 80’s.

Renaissance, under the direction of Dionn Maestro Owen originated in October 2001 as a mass anniversary choir that assembled at Macedonia Worship Center. After countless requests and much prayer, the choir as it is known today held their debut concert on January 19, 2002 at Middle Fork Christian Church. Renaissance is comprised of members from different churches in the Triad area. The choir ministers near and far and gains recognition wherever they travel.

 

  1. Just Another Day Dionn Owen & Renaissance 2:11

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You Don’t Know (How Good God’s Been To Me)

Some really fine old school singing from Dorothy Love Coates and The Harmonettes…this cut dates to sometime in the 60’s. Love this song, and love this sound.

 

  1. You Don't Know (How Good God's Been To Me) Dorothy Love Coates and The Original Gospel Harmonettes 4:54

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Detroit Mass Choir – Elma Hendrix Parham & Community Youth Ensemble Medley

There were three powerful women in Detroit’s gospel music history known throughout the 1960s and 1970s as The Big Three: Mattie Moss Clark, Elma Hendrix, and Lucylle Lemon.

Elma Lois Hendrix Parham founded the Community Youth Ensemble, established her own music publishing company, and owned Elma and Carl’s House of Music on Owen Street in Detroit, a record and music store that became a meeting place for gospel fans and artists. Among those whose music she published was Mattie Moss Clark.

 

  1. Elma Hendrix Parham & Community Youth Ensemble Medley Detroit Mass Choir 9:19

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