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« on: May 15, 2004, 06:12:01 PM »

Oklahoma Howdy to All,

I am a fan of old fashioned Gospel music, and I doubt that I will ever change. I've listened to some of the modern Christian music, and I just don't enjoy it very much. I'm stuck in the 50s and 60s or music with that type of style. My favorites would have to include the many Gospel quartets of that time. I think that it's a combination of the words, the beautiful harmony, the delivery, and maybe even a little bit of a beat from time to time.

The young folks here won't even know what I'm talking about.   Grin  The top of my list would have to be:

The Sunshine Boys Quartet of the 50s. Some of the members changed over the years. My favorite combination involved J.D. Sumner as the bass and Ace Richmond as the tenor. Their range is awesome, and their harmony is beautiful.

So, here's my vote for some old Gospel music that had beautiful words and harmony from folks who really love the Lord.

The Sunshine Boys Quartet
The Dixie Echos
The Florida Boys
The Cathedral Quartet
The Calvary Mens Quartet
The Melody Boys Quartet
The Dixie Melody Boys

I do enjoy some modern groups, but most of them sing and play in the old style. Bill Gaither and friends always has beautiful Gospel music done in the older styles.

If anyone is interested, I'll post some links that are completely free to listen to 24/7.

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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2004, 08:06:00 AM »

And the Gann Brothers!  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2004, 01:44:33 PM »

And the Gann Brothers!  Cheesy

Oklahoma Howdy to Sincereheart,

I'm trying to remember the Gann Brothers. Are they new or old? I'm still trying to find out who some of the older groups are. I actually have a stack of very old 78 records that my grand-dad used to listen to. I'm trying to find a completely safe way to listen to them once and record them. We used to listen to them on large family gatherings.

Help me out with the Gann Brothers.   Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2004, 02:07:22 PM »

The Mighty Clouds of Joy are heavenly.
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2004, 08:30:50 PM »

Oklahoma Howdy to All,

 Cheesy  Grandpas are allowed memory problems once per hour, so I guess that I have 23 left for today. Listening to the really old Gospel music is really fun. I can remember some of the melodies and definitely remember listening to them at one time, but I have a hard time with the name of the group and the name of the song. I haven't heard some of these songs in 50 years, and many of them have beautiful words, harmony, and tunes. They are definitely songs that honor our Saviour.

I'll work on my memory if I remember.   Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2004, 07:17:01 AM »

And the Gann Brothers!  Cheesy

Oklahoma Howdy to Sincereheart,

I'm trying to remember the Gann Brothers. Are they new or old? I'm still trying to find out who some of the older groups are. I actually have a stack of very old 78 records that my grand-dad used to listen to. I'm trying to find a completely safe way to listen to them once and record them. We used to listen to them on large family gatherings.

Help me out with the Gann Brothers.   Cheesy

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I think they'd fall under the 'old' category:
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The Gann Brothers are exclusive recording artist with Zion Records in Nashville, Tennessee, and are scheduled for the new release June 1, 2000. This album will be album number eleven for the group. In addition, to the new albums It's About Time & The Renewed Project, The Gann Brothers have recently released a recording called "20 Years", The Best Of The Gann Brothers, 1976 - 1996". This project is a double CD set with forty-one songs in all. These are all favorites that have been recorded since 1976.
http://www.gannbrothers.com/thegroup.html

But they're Southern Gospel, so that might be why you haven't heard of them?  Undecided

One of my all-time favorite songs is "Lift Me Again" which Calvin Gann wrote!  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2004, 09:04:39 PM »

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But they're Southern Gospel, so that might be why you haven't heard of them?  

One of my all-time favorite songs is "Lift Me Again" which Calvin Gann wrote!  

Oklahoma Howdy to Sincereheart,

ACTUALLY, I've listened to so much Bluegrass, Southern, and Black Gospel music that I can't remember the names of the songs or the artists.   Cheesy  I think that the history of Southern Gospel music is fascinating. I have a collection of lyrics from many VERY OLD (early 1900s & before) Southern Gospel songs somewhere.

Thanks for the link to the Gann Brothers. I bet that I've heard them and didn't know who they were.

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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2004, 07:46:31 AM »


Oklahoma Howdy to Sincereheart,

ACTUALLY, I've listened to so much Bluegrass, Southern, and Black Gospel music that I can't remember the names of the songs or the artists.   Cheesy  I think that the history of Southern Gospel music is fascinating. I have a collection of lyrics from many VERY OLD (early 1900s & before) Southern Gospel songs somewhere.

Thanks for the link to the Gann Brothers. I bet that I've heard them and didn't know who they were.

Love In Christ,
Tom

Ah, a man with taste!  Wink
That collection sounds awesome! We have just about worn out the "O Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack! LOL!

One of my favorite Country Gospel songs is Donna Fargo's "You Can't Be a Beacon (if Your Light Don't Shine)"!

Now you have me curious about the historical aspects of Southern Gospel!  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2004, 11:22:18 PM »

Oklahoma Howdy to Sincereheart,

Reference the history of Southern Gospel music:

I'm getting ready to go to Tulsa real early in the morning, so I'll have to write more later. My dad was raised in a huge family during the great depression. My grand-dad on my dad's side of the family was a sharecropper near Clyde, Texas. That obviously meant that all of the kids were also sharecroppers. They all worked long, hard days, and some of the kids had to work instead of go to school to survive. Lots of people in the area did the same thing, and the fields were loaded with people working from sunrise to sunset. Much of the Southern Gospel music has its roots from people who sang while they did back-breaking work in the fields. As an example: it's not "Joshua Fought the Battle of Jerico" - it's "Joshua Fit' the Battle of Jericho".

Some of the songs were adapted from existing music, and maybe nobody knows where some of the songs came from. Some were sung by generations of hard-working country folks while they worked. Some are known as Negro Spirituals, but there were tons of folks of all colors who sharecropped, worked the land, and harvested the crops to survive.

Here's a few:

In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin'
Oh, Rock A My Soul
Roll Jordan Roll
We're Climbin' Jacob's Ladder
Blow Your Trumpet Gabriel
Go Down Moses
I'm Goin' Up Yonder
Just Over In Glory Land

They added numerous verses to some existing music and also made up their own music. When they were tired and worn out for the day, they brought out their instruments and sang some more before calling it a day. Southern Gospel is also a style that was shaped many times with what instruments they could make, so a lot of it was like Bluegrass music. Some of those home-made instruments sound pretty good.   Cheesy  We always had our own music at dad's family gatherings, and many of them played numerous instruments. Dad played guitar, banjo, mandolin, and several other stringed instruments. By the way, they all eventually got store-bought instruments.

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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2004, 07:39:35 AM »

I'm getting ready to go to Tulsa real early in the morning, so I'll have to write more later.

I look forward to it!  Cheesy I sense a homeschool research project coming on..... Grin

Some of those home-made instruments sound pretty good.  Cheesy

Too cool! And what did they make them out of? And how are they made? Sorry!  Lips Sealed Sounds like a fun project to try!  Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2004, 06:42:34 PM »

There is certainly a wide range of titles to choose from.
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« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2004, 09:00:37 PM »

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Some of those home-made instruments sound pretty good.  

Too cool! And what did they make them out of? And how are they made? Sorry!   Sounds like a fun project to try!  

Oklahoma Howdy to Sincereheart,

I'll have to check and see what I can find. Most of my aunts and uncles on dad's side of the family have already gone home to be with the Lord. Their dads and uncles did wood carving with a variety of hand tools. I'm sure they looked for the best and most appropriate wood for the project, but it wasn't at a lumberyard.   Cheesy  The same was true for furniture and toys. The adults doing most of the making would have been born before 1900. I do have a cousin who is known as the family historian, but I'll have to find him first. Many poor folks even did their own skinning, blacksmithing, and much more. They really didn't have a choice since they didn't have any money.

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« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2004, 09:08:18 PM »

Oklahoma Howdy to All,

 Cheesy  Well, I thought that I had posted a free link to listen to Gospel music on the Internet, but I guess that I forgot. I've made lists to help me remember, but I forgot where I put them.

http://www.live365.com/

You will also need player software to listen. Winamp is an excellent freeware player that you can download just about anywhere (Tucows, NoNags, WebAttack, CNet, etc.).

 Grin  If I can remember, I'll try to remember better.

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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2004, 09:15:37 PM »

There is certainly a wide range of titles to choose from.

Oklahoma Howdy to Shawn924,

First, I don't think that I've had an opportunity to welcome you, so WELCOME TO CHRISTIANS UNITE.


The artists in the Southern or Bluegrass Gospel category would number in the hundreds. This would represent only the ones who left recordings for us to listen to.

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« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2004, 08:09:13 AM »

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Some of those home-made instruments sound pretty good.  

Too cool! And what did they make them out of? And how are they made? Sorry!   Sounds like a fun project to try!  

Oklahoma Howdy to Sincereheart,

I'll have to check and see what I can find. Most of my aunts and uncles on dad's side of the family have already gone home to be with the Lord. Their dads and uncles did wood carving with a variety of hand tools. I'm sure they looked for the best and most appropriate wood for the project, but it wasn't at a lumberyard.   Cheesy  The same was true for furniture and toys. The adults doing most of the making would have been born before 1900. I do have a cousin who is known as the family historian, but I'll have to find him first. Many poor folks even did their own skinning, blacksmithing, and much more. They really didn't have a choice since they didn't have any money.

Love In Christ,
Tom

Strangely enough, our family is slowly getting away from all the modern conveniences. Except for a dishwasher! Even if I have to pitch a tent and run a cord..... Lips Sealed

My husband is an extremely talented man! He's made a lot of our furniture using some old-fashioned tools. It's beautiful! And it gives me more pleasure than any of the store-bought stuff! And the vegetables from our garden taste a lot better! Which is why I'd love to try making (ok, my husband will get the brunt of it Lips Sealed) the homemade instruments!  Cheesy

Does that mean we're becoming Amish?  Cool

Anything you can find out (at your convenience) will be greatly appreciated!  Cheesy
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