Apr 23, 2016

RhoDeo 1616 Grooves

Hello, divine grooves here today to cleanse your purple pain..

Today's music is from male gospel singer groups, who performed in many lineups over these past 50 years. ... N'joy

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Five Blind Boys Of Alabama are an American gospel group, from Alabama, United States. They first sang together in 1944. Since then, the group's output has spanned seven decades of tours and appearances, and produced a successful discography including winning five Grammy Awards. The performing core of the group consists of eight musicians, including four blind singers, original founding member Jimmy Carter, Ben Moore, Eric "Ricky" McKinnie, and Paul Beasley, the guitarist and musical director, Joey Williams, and a keyboard player, a bass player, and a drummer. One of the surviving founding members of the group, Clarence Fountain, is unable to tour with the band due to health concerns.

The band had its genesis when long-time Statesmen Quartet member Jake Hess retired from that group on December 7, 1963. Hess wanted to start a new group recognized as "king" of the Southern gospel field and thought the "Imperials" would be a good moniker. After getting the go-ahead from Marion Snider for permission to use the name, (Snider had previously operated an Imperial Quartet named after its sponsor Imperial Sugar), he gathered together pianist Henry Slaughter from the Weatherford Quartet, ex-Oak Ridge Boys baritone Gary McSpadden, the Weatherford Quartet's bass singer Armond Morales and Speer Family tenor Sherrill (Shaun) Neilsen to join him. After signing with Benson Records in 1964, the group recorded their first of many albums on the Heart Warming Records label. The following year, the quartet organization moved from Atlanta to Nashville, Tennessee. After 2 years with the group, tenor Nielsen was first to go and Jim Murray would replace him. Murray's past included stints with the Stamps Trio, Inspirationals, and Orrell Quartet. About this time, Slaughter also departed with Joe Moscheo of the Harmoneers replacing him at the keyboard. Health issues also forced Hess to retire and McSpadden chose to leave as well.

Since their formation, Blind Boys of Alabama have made it their self-proclaimed goal to "spiritually uplift audiences". The gospel group has been a source of inspiration for those with disabilities. In the words of one of the group’s blind members, Ricky McKinnie, “Our disability doesn’t have to be a handicap. It's not about what you can't do. It's about what you do. And what we do is sing good gospel music."

Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - Platinum Gospel   (flac 191mb)

01 Hold Me In The Heart Of Your Hand
02 Alone And Motherless
03 A Great Camp Meeting
04 So Sweet To Be Saved
05 Running For My Life
06 Lord Search My Heart
07 Reach Out & Touch Somebody's Hand
08 It's Alright
09 Oh Happy Day
10 Motherless Child
11 I'm Willing To Run

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The Swan Silvertones are an American gospel music group that first achieved popularity in the 1940s and 1950s under the leadership of Claude Jeter. Jeter formed the group in 1938 as the "Four Harmony Kings" while he working as a coal miner in West Virginia. After moving to Knoxville, Tennessee and obtaining their own radio show, the group changed its name to the "Silvertone Singers" in order to avoid confusion with another ensemble known as the "Four Kings of Harmony." They added the name Swan shortly thereafter, since Swan Bakeries sponsored their show. Their wide exposure through radio brought them a contract with King Records.

At this early stage, the Silvertones already embodied an amalgam of two styles: the close barbershop harmonies that they had featured when starting out in West Virginia, and virtuoso leads supplied by Jeter and Solomon Womack. The group later lost Womack, but added Paul Owens in 1952 and Louis Johnson in 1955. The three singers with their sharply contrasting styles — Jeter a tenor who could sing falsetto without losing his lyric control, Owens a crooner, and Johnson a hard shouter — played off each other to great effect in songs such as "Mary Don't You Weep."

The group recorded for Specialty Records from 1951 to 1955, when it switched to Vee-Jay Records. They recorded one album with Hob Records after Vee-Jay shut down in 1965, at which point Jeter left the group for the ministry. When interviewed by Dick Cavett in April 1970, Paul Simon credited the group with inspiring him to write the song "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The Swan Silvertones were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.

The Swan Silvertones - Love Lifted Me My Rock   (flac 287mb)

Love Lifted Me
01 Trouble In My Way 2:33
02 How I Got Over 2:51
03 After Awhile 2:46
04 Prayer In My Mouth 2:57
05 Glory To His Name 3:00
06 I'm A-Rollin' 2:10
07 Let's Go 2:07
08 Jesus Changed This Heart Of Mine 2:52
09 I'm Coming Home 2:58
10 Love Lifted Me 2:41
11 Heavenly Light Shine On Me 2:55
12 The Day Will Surely Come 2:52
My Rock
13 My Rock 2:57
14 Since Jesus Came Into My Heart 2:32
15 I Cried 2:19
16 What Do You Know About Jesus? 2:39
17 Milky White Way 2:58
18 He Won't Deny Me 2:23
19 Jesus Is A Friend 2:27
20 Motherless Child 3:07
21 Man In Jerusalem 2:39
22 Keep My Heart 2:52
23 Oh, How I Love Jesus 2:34
24 This Little Light Of Mine 3:01

The Swan Silvertones - Love Lifted Me My Rock  (ogg  114mb)

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The Imperials are an American Christian music group that has been active for over 50 years. Originating as a southern gospel quartet, the innovative group would become pioneers of contemporary Christian music in the 1960s. There have been many changes for the band in membership and musical styles over the years. They would go on to win four Grammys, and be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Little Anthony And The Imperials - 25   (flac 344mb)

01 Tears on My Pillow (2:18)
02 Two People in the World (2:36)
03 So Much (2:25)
04 The Diary (2:33)
05 It's Not for Me (2:18)
06 Wishful Thinking (2:42)
07 A Prayer and a Jukebox (2:28)
08 I'm Alright (2:26)
09 Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop (2:09)
10 My Empty Room (2:31)
11 I'm Taking a Vacation From Love (2:04)
12 Please Say You Want Me (2:48)
13 Traveling Stranger (2:04)
14 I'm on the Outside Looking In (3:02)
15 Goin' Out of My Head (2:28)
16 Hurt So Bad (2:18)
17 Take Me Back (2:40)
18 I Miss You So (2:36)
19 Out of Sight, Out of Mind (2:41)
20 Hurt (2:09)
21 The Ten Commandments of Love (3:05)
22 Better Use Your Head (2:49)
23 Gonna Fix You Good (Every Time You're Bad) (2:31)
24 I'm Hypnotized (2:57)
25 Yesterday Has Gone (2:46)

Little Anthony And The Imperials - 25  (ogg  137mb)

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