The Johnson Family Singers: We Sang for Our Supper

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This endearing gospel group from North Carolina rose to prominence during the decades their radio show aired nationally. In their heyday thousands of listeners who relished their music also revered the wholesome family grouping. Many who remember the Johnsons in their years of celebrity recall their charismatic stage appearances, as well as their fascinating presence in the broadcasting world. After the group disbanded, their fans were left in wonder. Whatever happened to the Johnsons after radio and America moved into a new age? How had the children, who grew up in a singing family, managed school life? How was their social development balanced with their entertainment schedules? What was the tone of family life as it was exposed in the spotlight of stardom? With remarkable candor, one of the Johnson sons who sang in this celebrated music family gives old admirers and new readers the answers. Looking back on his singing days, he sees both successes and struggles. He describes what happened behind the scenes as the Johnsons traveled the road to stardom. Despite the stress that fame placed on them, especially on the parents' troubled marriage, the Johnsons survived through their love of gospel song.
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A history of the singing family from North Carolina by one of its members. The Southern gospel group peaked in popularity in the golden age of radio, singing for CBS on Sundays from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. This memoir tells the story of the group's performance career as well as the author's recollections about the members' personal lives. The included audio CD is the group's greatest hits album. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578060030
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: American Made Music Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xi
An Uncommon Beginning 3
Dirty Dishes in the Early Years 18
Vagabonds of Song 30
The Studio Clock 48
Changes in the Family Circle 75
A Memorable Good Friday 87
A Final Separation 93
Discography 99
Radio Transcriptions 109
Index 117
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