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Gospelaires PN-1512 Gospelaires of Dayton, Ohio - Moving Up
The Early Years 1956-1965
(Release date: 16 November 2017)
In the late 1950s, the Gospelaires of Dayton, Oh moved up to become one of the most exciting gospel quartets of the 1960s. They followed in the footsteps of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, the Sensational Nightingales, and the Dixie Hummingbirds, who were all on the famous Peacock label. Several best selling records propelled the Gospelaires into touring nationally. They performed at the most prestigious venues, such as the Apollo Theater, where they appeared along with James Cleveland, the Staple Singers and the Violinaires. They also visited Europe. This is the first CD compilation of the Gospelaires's early and seminal recordings. The booklet notes are by Robert Marovich, editor of the Journal of Gospel Music, and author of "A City Called Heaven - Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music.
PROGRAMME: 1. We Are Marching Together - 2. Some People Never Stop to Pray - 3. Just Faith - 4. Sit Down Children - 5. How Much Longer - 6. They Don't Understand Me - 7. It's a Pity - 8. Let's Pray - 9. Moving Up - 10. I'll Be So Glad - 11. When I Rise - 12. He Heard Me Cry - 13. I've Got It - 14. Mother's Journey - 15. Joy, Joy, Joy - 16. I Didn't Know - 17. On My Way To Glory - 18. My Work Was Not In Vain - 20. Trouble No More - 21. They Followed Jesus - 22. They Won't Believe In Me - 23. Rest For the Weary - 24. You Can't Make Me Doubt Him - 25. C'mon - 26. Ride This Train - 27. The Last Days - 28. Motherless Children - 29. Search Me Lord

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PN-1513 Prof. Harold Boggs (& Lula Reed) Lord Give Me Strength - 1952-1963
[CD-notes by Opal Louis Nations]

PN-1602 Soul Don't Worry - Black gospel during the Civil Rights Era 1953-1967
Includes recordings by Caravans & James Cleveland, Davis Sisters, Casietta George, Rev. Clay Evans, Fairfield Four, Bessie Griffin, Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Marie Knight, Little Richard, Mavis Staples & Staple Singers, Trumpeteers, Victory Chorale Ensemble, and further 40 artists/groups.
[Notes by Per Notini]

Gospel Friend celebrates ten years of reissuing Black American Gospel

Gospel Friend Records has taken as its assignment to help preserve yesterday’s sounds of black gospel. Since its foundation in Stockholm, Sweden in the spring of 2002, Gospel Friend has produced reissue CDs by à capella choirs, solo singers and quartets from the late 1930s to the late 1970s.

The universal appeal of black gospel proves that this music knows no racial or ethnic boundaries. The Gospel phenomenon grew out of the Negro spirituals. These folk songs of the black slave community became famous worldwide, as they were first presented on stage by the Fisk Jubilee Singers to multi-colored audiences in the early 1870s. Then, passing through decades of artistic evolution, black gospel became a major influence in the fields of soul, rock and pop music. During the late 1900s, gospel has been associated with such personalities and icons as, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston. In the 2000 millennium one can add the name Beyoncé Knowles.

Gospel digs deeper than both blues and jazz, to which it is closely related. Though it is often more entertaining than blues or soul or jazz or r&b, or any of the other music with which it overlaps, gospel can hardly be tagged as entertainment. Because it is an art form steeped in the Christian religion, it may appear more extreme to the world outside the church. Gospel song lyrics still talks about the teaching of Jesus in the city of Jerusalem, more than 2000 years ago. Concurrently, gospel speaks of freedom, justice and responsibility, ethic values that have spurred the thinking and politics of black American leaders in the modern world, from Martin Luther King to Barack Obama.

In August 2012, Gospel Friend arranged a performance tour in Sweden with Rev. Norris Turner, and his two daughters Cassandra & Sharon with three musicians.

Rev. Norris Turner
Rev. Norris Turner with daughters Sharon (left) and Cassandra (right) performing at the Stockholm International Gospel Choir Festival, 11th August 2012. (Photo: Marcus Berglund)