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


The collective grassroots stories in this book manifest black gospel music as one of the most prevalent forms of contemporary American song.
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The collective grassroots stories in this book manifest black gospel music as one of the most prevalent forms of contemporary American song.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878059447
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: American Made Music Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

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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