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.

Not surprisingly, a number of well-known musicians came from First Church of Deliverance but it has always been the choirs that have drawn the most attention. 


Gospel music has produced some of the greatest shouters ever. A true gospel shout in an inarticulate explosion of joy or pain or indignation. 


The Birmingham-Bessemer area has long been one of the great and fertile hot-beds of gospel music.  


Hundreds?  Thousands?  No one knows how many small and independent gospel labels there are - but they they have some of the greatest names of all time.


When an electric guitar was added, you'd think all of the Ten Commandments were  broken at once.  


Noted gospel music historian Dr. Mellonee Burning said that if gospel music is to flourish for another 100 years, it's all up to the African American church choirs, especially the youth choirs.  


Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls and Johnny Taylor all spent time as part of the Highway QC's.  The group is still going strong today.


Chicago and Birmingham will always be hot beds of gospel music, but gospel music has flourished across the U.S.  for decades.


Gospel's music's most prolific artist is, no question, the Reverend James Cleveland. 


Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Doris Akers

Jul 9, 2017

Doris Akers was a Gospel Hall of Fame vocalist, pianist, composer, arranger and choir director. From 1945 to 1995 she worked with Gospels best loved artists.


Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: The Highway QC's

Jul 2, 2017

If the only thing you know about The Highway QC's is that they were the group that Sam Cook left to join the Soul Stirrers, then you've missed out on some seriously great gospel music. 


The Golden Age of Gospel music was also the Golden Age of Gospel Quartets.


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. 


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