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Sherman Washington died this week. Mr. Washington was really the heart and soul of the Gospel Tent at the Jazz Fest, and was instrumental in taking gospel music outside of its church roots to a more mainstream audience with his group, the Zion Harmonizers, who won OffBeat's Best of The Beat award repeatedly for Best Gospel Group. He passed away after a lengthy illness at the age of 85. Reportedly there will be a tribute to Mr. Washington at this year's Jazz Fest.

From the Offbeat.com website of New Orleans magazine Offbeat

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 March 2011 13:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

I watched Singsation this morning. Normally I'm sleeping or doing something else. I have to remember to watch this more often!

Die, Foghat, Die (Mount Cleaners), Sunday, 25 September 2011 14:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3255/3196709555_e9e53b13b1_z.jpg?zz=1
Vintage Atlanta soul i found in a thrift shop years ago. I did this vinyl rip but warning it may have a skip or two...

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?zm2d1zuqmt0

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 25 September 2011 17:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

man, those Mike McGooney-gal gospel comps on tompkins sq. are the gifts that keep on giving.

tylerw, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 22:57 (five years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

probably the best $4 you'll spend today http://canary-records.bandcamp.com/album/when-the-moon-goes-down-in-the-valley-of-time-african-american-gospel-1939-51
says ian nagoski: "When the Moon Goes Down in the Valley of Time: African-American Gospel, 1939-51 is a compilation I worked on sporadically over the past year dealing with prayers, promises, and visions of death and the apocalypse in the proto-Civil Rights era. When it became clear that there was no publisher for it, I abandoned it with the sound restoration only 80% done and without notes. It’s now available as 18 tracks (48 minutes) for $4."

tylerw, Thursday, 17 October 2013 20:41 (five years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

heard this a couple weeks ago while flipping thru radio on a sunday morning, have had it in my head off and on since

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp77z1aQHQs

goole, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 21:04 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

VA [2014] Say Amen!: Gospel Funk From Jewel Records

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8myCJYBznc

bodacious ignoramus, Friday, 20 June 2014 22:26 (four years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtayhqPjz5Y

bodacious ignoramus, Friday, 20 June 2014 22:57 (four years ago) Permalink

I need to see what Youtube videos have been added for The Original Soul Invaders, of Industry, Texas, since I raved about them upthread in 2008

curmudgeon, Saturday, 21 June 2014 15:04 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/the-richard-smallwood-you-know-4-doves-10-stellars-8-grammy-noms/2015/07/22/553d5cfc-0a28-11e5-9e39-0db921c47b93_story.html

His song "Total Praise" that has been covered by Destiny's Child, other gospel singers, and synagogue choirs as well, continues to get covered. The article focusses on his rebound from depression.

Still, he has watched RCA Inspiration’s younger artists, such as Donnie McClurkin and Fred Hammond, register platinum sales, while he has yet to have a single album sell more than 500,000 copies to reach gold status. Smallwood says that before his diagnosis, he felt his depression was brought on by comparing his success to others’. “I have always been very insecure about my gift,” he says.


But longtime gospel publicist Bil Carpenter says: “Richard is not for the masses. He’s for a more sophisticated, smaller group of people. He’s a thinking man’s gospel. It’s the chitlin’ circuit versus the Kennedy Center. Richard is the Kennedy Center.”

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Some gospel artists, such as multiplatinum Kirk Franklin, have achieved wider commercial success by mixing in hip-hop. But Smallwood has remained with his classical sound.

Jacquie Gales Webb, who for more than 20 years has hosted a popular gospel segment on Washington’s WHUR radio, says Smallwood’s songs are distinctive because of the importance of the piano — not electric piano or keyboard playing, but a grand-piano style.

“No matter what genre he’s playing, in his music the piano is the prominent feature,” Webb says. “That’s how you know it’s a Richard Smallwood song.”

Valerie Simpson, who helped create the Motown sound as part of the husband-and-wife songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, likens Smallwood to Stevie Wonder, because his lyrics, she says, “transcend a moment” and capture a sound of a generation that lasts for decades.

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 July 2015 13:11 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0002/782/MI0002782133.jpg?partner=allrovi.com
This Mahalia comp from '91 has some awesome songs on it, fuck me - such a voice.

calzino, Friday, 22 January 2016 15:15 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Saw a 10 act classic gospel marathon show Saturday. Blind Boys of Mississippi and Swanee Quintet were great. Spencer Taylor and the Highway QCs were good, as were many of the other acts.

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 December 2017 15:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

This 2017 Film doc “How I Got Over” about pioneering gospel acts including Highway QCs and others looks good.

https://vimeo.com/231140998

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 February 2018 23:51 (nine months ago) Permalink


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