The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 1975 - Music - 370 pages
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A survey of gospel singing, with attention to the relationship between gospel and other black musical forms such as jazz and rhythm and blues.
 

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Page 97 author states "Presley went on to be a supporter of Wallace".
Lmao. No. No he absolutely didn't support Wallace. He was the governor of the state which Elvis happened to be playing a
concert in and Wallace and family were in attendance. They went backstage for a quick meet and greet, along with other well known people in the audience, but that was the only personal time or attention they got with Elvis was long enough for two photos to be snapped.
In fact George Wallace wife later admitted she and her husband invited Presley to visit and spend the weekend with the Wallace's while he was in town. Elvis *quickly* declined.
EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. (Both white and black) that happened to know Presley personally whether as a child in Tupelo, or teenager in Memphis, or after he was famous.... all spoke in interviews over the years. Those that had a proven track record of acknowledging injustices or addressing racism made a point of scoffing the nonsensical, mindless belief that Presley had prejudice.
Let's remember that Blues men like BB King and others, as well as early civil rights folks... Herbert Brewster (who the author, funny enough, mentions in his book here yet seem to be so ignorant of that history) as well as Ernest Withers ALL pointed out how much hate EP took from mainstream White America because he *very publicly* treated black folks with a respect and sense of equality that many whites at that time simply would not.
Racists and bigots didn't get involved to help the black community with Charities like the Mallory Knights, or the Goodwill Review like Presley did.
Think about it.
This ongoing effort throughout the years by writers that bring Elvis name into their written work always trying to twist the history to keep pushing the bogus narrative "he very well may have been prejudiced" is nothing more than sloppy, unethical writing, and even more important.... it's a disrespect to all the black folks from that era that knew Presley.
BB King, Etta James, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson, James Brown, Little Richard all have been known to publicly call out people that tried to insinuate in some way Presley had Prejudice and him, when in fact he was one of the least prejudiced white folks of his era.
Can't help but imagine this author sitting in a room with these black Legends from the past trying to justify that anti-Elvis stance, and the humbling lesson the author would get from those that actually knew the truth.
Let's knock off the BS when it comes to Presley and learn to start giving respect where it's due there's plenty of white folks to point fingers from that era but Presley was not the one.
If there are some Modern civil rights folks that have admitted to doing the research about Presley in recent years and acknowledged they were wrong then there's no excuse others can't do the same.
 

Contents

Body
3
Back Matter
295
Index
381
Back Cover
409
Spine
410
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Anthony Heilbut received his Ph.D. in English from Harvard. He has taught at New York University and Hunter College, and is author of "The Gospel Sound" (1971, 1985, 1997) and "Thomas Mann: Eros and Literature" (1996; California paperback, 1997). He is also a record producer, specializing in gospel music, and has won both a Grammy Award and a Grand Prix du Disque.

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