Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music

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W. K. McNeil
Psychology Press, 2005 - Music - 489 pages
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The Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music covers all aspects of both African American and white gospel from history and performers to recording techniques and styles, as well as the influence of gospel on different musical genres and cultural trends. Organized alphabetically to facilitate searching, this encyclopedia also contains many reference tools to aid the user, such as bibliographic and references at the end of entries, a thorough and analytical index, and black-and-white illustrations. Entries include biographical profiles of numerous performers, such as Andrae Crouch, and influential figures in the development of gospel music, such as Isaac Watts; important events in the history of gospel such as the Azusa Street Revival; broadcasting outlets, such as radio station WLAC AM, and record companies, such as Canaan Records, that were prominent in gospel's history; publications, such as The Singing News, significant songbooks, such as Gospel Pearls, and noteworthy publishing companies, such as Lillenas, all of which helped popularize some of the best-known gospel songs; and topics ranging from instruments frequently used by gospel performers to types of performing groups, such as gospel quartets and gospel choirs, to the unique qualities of gospel as it is composed and performed in different regions around the United States, to the globalization of gospel. --From publisher's description.
  

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McNeil, the former folklife director of the Ozark Folk Center in Arkansas, here goes beyond his core subject - American gospel music - to cover awakenings and revivals from the 18th to the 20th ... Read full review

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Here is an important correction to the section on the Kenny Parker Trio: It was Patty Parker (Ireland), Kenny's younger sister, (NOT his wife, Peggy, as stated in the book) who was signed as a songwriter with Rambo Music early on (in fact, at the tender age of 11) and who became a prolific writer of both Christian and country songs. When Elmer Cole left the group in 1973, Patty filled his spot, traveling and singing with the trio for four years. Though Patty is now a college English professor, she remains quite active as a BMI writer, writing country songs. Patty's daughter, Marisa Ireland, is an up-and-coming country music artist in Nashville, Tennessee, performing songs she co-writes with her mother. Here are two other interesting KPT facts: Kenny's daughter, Sherri Parker-Miller, who took Patty's spot when Patty married and went off the road in 1977, is also a successful singer of Christian music in Nashville. Brent Rowan, guitar player for the KPT, became one of Nashville's finest musicians, and currently produces some of country music's biggest names, including Joe Nichols, Julie Roberts and Blake Sheldon. 

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Dr. William K. McNeil, a historian with a Ph.D. in Folklore and American Studies, has been the folklorist at the Ozark folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas, since 1976. Dr. McNeil has also worked for the Smithsonian Institution and the Office of State History in Albany, NY. In 1995, he was elected to the Fellows of the American Folklore Society.
Dr. McNeil has writen sixteen books and contributed to many publications as an editor, columnist, or reviewer. He has also produced thirty-six recordings dealing with folk, popular, country, and gospel music. His Smithsonian Collection of Classic Blues was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1993.

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