Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments

Sundays 8:35 am; Mondays 6:32 pm.
  • Hosted by Robert Darden

Author and Baylor University professor Robert Darden tells stories -- and plays recordings -- from the Baylor University Libraries' Black Gospel Music Restoration Project in an on-going weekly series of two-minute segments. Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments explores the distinctly African-American sound of the "Golden Age of Gospel" (1945-1975). The series celebrates this fertile musical period in American history, presenting cultural snapshots that reveal the depth of a people, their community, and the influence they have had on the rest of American music.

Learn about the House of Beauty record label. 


Roscoe is the living embodiment of Southern black music history.


The Rev. Cleophus Robinson hails from the famous Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church of St. Louis - and it's really hard to separate the two. 


Rev. W. Leo Daniels died young but left behind dozens of incredible recorded sermons.  


J.M. Gates was influential to the sound of authentic black preaching and music.  


Alex Bradford had one of the greatest hits of Gospel Music.


In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden recounts a conversation with a hero of the freedom movement.  


In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden brings us the Spirit of Memphis Quartet's classic lineup with a track from their best days.


In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden takes us to Oakland, California to visit the Soulful Sons of Zion.


Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Wish List

Apr 16, 2017

In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden takes us through a heavenly wish list from the Divine Messenger Chorale.


In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden shares with us a one-of-a-kind, battered 45 from the well-known Imperial Receords and exposes the history behind it. 


In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden takes us through a protest spiritual with a hidden message of freedom, Roll Jordan Roll. 

 


Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Kumbayah

Mar 26, 2017

In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden talks about the First Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church Senior Choir No. 1. On one of the group's records you'll find a rousing rendition of the spiritual "Come By Here Lord", or as it's more famously known as "Kumbayah." 


Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Didn't it Rain?

Mar 19, 2017

The close-harmony groups of the 1940s created a distinctive sound, using their voices to emulate bass guitars, drums, and even trains. You can hear that styling on the track "Didn't it Rain" by the little-known Southern Harmonizers. The song is an upbeat retelling of the story of Noah and the ark. 


In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden shows us "Travelin' Up" by the Singinaires. Released on the little-known Glad-Hamp Record Label, "Travelin' Up" is a joyful, easygoing gospel gem. 


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