While doing some research into James Cleveland protegés and GMWA alums, I ran across this clip of a Keith Pringle song that made me wonder a certain thing.
Things can get contentious when you cross the secular/sacred divide. And the result can often be so beautiful.
Gospel artists are a multigenerational community of disruptive innovation. Gospel music is designed to invite you in.
Whatever else is happening here, The 5th Dimension sings the heck out this strange little tune.
You’re Never In Danger of Falling Asleep With An Elbernita Clark Composition.
If Capitol Records’ first Gospel act sounds slightly different from the rest, there’s a reason: They’re Methodists.
I could listen to Delores/Delois/Dolores Barrett Campbell and the Barrett Sisters sing lines from the Yellow Pages.
Even Nina Simone’s mistakes are perfect.
Who would have thought Grace Jones needs anything?
Time to get conceptual. And soteriological.
Martha of Vandellas fame grew up a minister’s granddaughter in Detroit.
Oh, yes. There is MUCH more to say about Sylvester James.
Memories of The Fifth Dimension are the foundations of the Technologies of Gospel project. I’d tell you why, but..
If you’re dubious about the Gospel-disco-funk-glam trajectory of Labelle, consider that the album Moon Shadow would come next.
Though I can not be sure of the background of the violinist, who is, incredibly, putting his instrument through a wah-wah pedal.
Like books and record jacket covers, however, you can’t tell from looking, but there is a deep connection to Gospel Disco.
Gloria Jones used to go out with Marc Bolan of glam supergroup, T. Rex.
“The Blood” is a Gospel standard, here in one of its earliest versions.
Broadway has gone to church a few notable times in its history, like with 1970’s Purlie. Linda Hopkins was the soloist whose soaring Black Baptist vocals carried that whole play.
Though this Gospel Disco Obscurities series covers 1970s-80s era music, my book ends in 1970. That’s in part because in 1969, Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord by Edwin Hawkins and the Northern California State Youth Choir changed the game.