Woke Me up This Morning: Black Gospel Singers and the Gospel Life

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Many studies of African-American gospel music spotlight history and style. This one, however, is focused mainly on grassroots makers and singers. Most of those included here are not stars. A few have received national recognition, but most are known only in their own home areas. Yet their collective stories presented in this book indicate that black gospel music is one of the most prevalent forms of contemporary American song.

Its author Alan Young is a New Zealander who came to...

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Many studies of African-American gospel music spotlight history and style. This one, however, is focused mainly on grassroots makers and singers. Most of those included here are not stars. A few have received national recognition, but most are known only in their own home areas. Yet their collective stories presented in this book indicate that black gospel music is one of the most prevalent forms of contemporary American song.

Its author Alan Young is a New Zealander who came to the South seeking authentic blues music. Instead, he found gospel to be the most pervasive, fundamental music in the contemporary African-American South. Blues, he concludes, has largely lost touch with its roots, while gospel continues to express authentic resources.

Conducting interviews with singers and others in the gospel world of Tennessee and Mississippi, Young ascertains that gospel is firmly rooted in community life. Woke Me Up This Morning includes his candid, widely varied conversations with a capella groups, with radio personalities, with preachers, and with soloists whose performances reveal the diversity of gospel styles. Major figures interviewed include the Spirit of Memphis Quartet and the Reverend Willie Morganfield, author and singer of the million-selling "What Is This?" who turned his back on fame in order to pastor a church in the heart of the Mississippi Delta.

All speak freely in oral-history style here, telling how they became involved in gospel music and religion, how it enriches their lives, how it is connected to secular music (especially blues), and how the spiritual and the practical are united in their performances. Their accounts reveal the essential grassroots force andspirit of gospel music and demonstrate that if blues springs from America's soul, then gospel arises from its heart.

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Gospel music and the blues reflect two sides of the coin that is the African American experience. Blues often depicts the isolation and hopelessness of a lone individual, while gospel rejoices in the simple faith that God is here to guide us through the world. Journalist Young, a New Zealander, originally came to Mississippi and Tennessee in search of genuine blues music and found that style today almost exclusively supported by whites. Gospel, however, is a vital and evolving form still closely connected to the African American culture. In 17 interviews with people involved in gospel music, we hear not from recording stars but from everyday people whose commitment to gospel music and the church offers powerful testimony to a close-knit community held together by faith and love. Recommended for all African American music and religion collections.Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780878059430
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Series: American Made Music Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Music in the Air: An Introduction
Ch. 1 The Gospel Evangelists 3
Elder Roma Wilson 15
Rev. Leon Pinson 31
Boyd Rivers 42
Ch. 2 The Quartets 52
Melvin Mosley and the Spirit of Memphis 67
Odell Hampton and the True Loving Five 78
The Watson Family Singers 87
Ch. 3 Women's Voices 105
Rita Watson 115
Leomia Boyd 123
Katie Davis Watson and the Golden Stars 132
Ch. 4 On the Air 141
Early Wright 153
Brother James Chambers 162
Rev. J. W. (John) Shaw 173
Ch. 5 The Preachers 186
Rev. Arthur Fitchpatrick, Jr. 198
Rev. Willie Morganfield 210
Rev. Dr. David Hall 221
Ch. 6 Back in Church 233
Huebert Crawford 243
James Holley 253
Epilogue 263
Suggested Listening 265
Notes 279
Index 301
Song and Sermon Index 317
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