Gospel, arguably, has often been the “R” in R&B. A long list of soul icons, from Aretha Franklin to Gladys Knight to Otis Redding to Teddy Pendergrass…they all have come from gospel roots. In the ’70’s and ’80s, The New York Community Choir was one of the more influential groups of gospel, bringing a more secular R&B sound to gospel music. This is a terribly over-produced track with schmaltzy strings, but it turns into a good song with a strong lead vocal and a nice soprano showcase at around 4:00.
- Let Jesus Fix It New York Community Choir 5:54
The New York Community Choir began in the first 1970s as an offshoot from the Isaac Douglas Performers, initially including some 100 members beneath the direction of Benny Diggs. Certainly a gospel ensemble, NYCC created a method that also offered secular R&B, spirit, and pop tracks a spiritual sizing, bridging Saturday night time and Sunday morning hours. In 1977, NYCC released a self-titled debut record, made by Warren Schatz, including the long lasting dance strike “Express Yourself.” A follow-up record, Make EACH DAY Count, was released in 1978. The band included Paul Shaffer and Richard Tee on keyboards, Jeff Mironov and John Tropea on guitars,