The Golden Age of Gospel

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University of Illinois Press, 1995 - Music - 272 pages
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Presents the history of gospel music in the United States. This book traces the development of gospel from its earliest beginnings through the Golden Age (1945-55) and into the 1960s when gospel entered the concert hall. It introduces dozens of the genre's gifted contributors, from Thomas A Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson to the Soul Stirrers.
 

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How sweet the sound: the golden age of Gospel

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Reports from as early as the 1750s describe slaves singing sacred songs in a style featuring a leader singing a line followed by the same line sung by the congregation. The rhythm of their native ... Read full review

Contents

17551945
5
Early Sacred Singing
6
The Azusa Street Revival and the Birth of Pentecostalism
12
Pentecostal Ministers and Singers
18
Pentecostal Music Outside the Pentecostal Church
26
The Jefferson County School
29
The Jubilee Quartet Movement Spreads
34
Church Singing Accompanied by Piano Guitar and Other Instruments
36
Gospel Spreads across the Nation
169
The Gospel Choir
181
The Gospel Band
184
195565
187
Gospel and the Traditions of African American Folk Music
193
The New and Newly Revised Gospel Quartets
195
The California School of Gospel
205
PianoAccompanied Groups
212

Gospel Pearls
41
Gospel Music on the Eve of the Golden Age
46
194555
49
Radio and Recordings
51
Gospel on the Highways and Byways
54
Gospel in Chicago
57
Gospel in Philadelphia
103
Gospel in Detroit
123
Gospel in St Louis
134
Gospel in Tennessee
138
Gospel in New York
152
Other Singers
240
Family Groups
241
The Second Gospel Triumvirate
247
Gospel on Broadway
250
Gospel Abroad
253
Deserters and Joiners
254
I LOOKED DOWN THE LINE AND I WONDERED 1965 AND BEYOND
257
Bibliography
260
Index
264
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LLOYD YEARWOOD is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines, motion pictures, and exhibits.

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