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I'll occasionally play "How I got Over" by Mahalia Jackson. More for blues than lindy though.


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Where's Lucy Falkner? She could tell us a thing or two about Gospel....


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Jake wrote:
Where's Lucy Falkner? She could tell us a thing or two about Gospel....


in VanCan ;-) but on-line she hangs out on lindyhopper.ca - I don't think she reads this board that much. Bet you could get a good thread on Gospel music started over there.......


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Lucy Falkner checking in...

I haven't been dj'ing much gospel lately. I've had difficulty finding new (to me) stuff, and I'm kinda sick of what little I have. It's still fun as a rare session, or as one or two unconventional songs in an evening, but it has much less of a presence in my sets than it used to have. (And I've been nurturing a love affair with other recent discoveries and have tossed my old gospel-fling aside like the fickle tramp I am.)

But I may check out some of these suggestions. For earlier gospel sounds, not so much the 'rock' of Tharpe nor the soul of some other suggestions, Dorsey can be ok, if a little 'white.'


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Here's that passage I promised earlier, perhaps it's not exactly on-topic but it's an interesting read nonetheless.

Albert Murray wrote:
In the old days to play church music as dance music use to be condemned as a sacrilege by church elders and dance-hall patrons alike. There were some exceptions, of course, and some very notable ones at that. There were the now classic renditions of The Saints and Bye and Bye, for example, by none other than Louis Armstrong himself. But Armstrong, it must be remembered, besides being a genius (to whom nothing is sacred) was also a product of the highly unconventional religious attitude that the existential bodaciousness of New Orleans postcemetery music expresses. Even so, Armstrong almost always legitimized the iconoclasm of his secular use of sacred music with an unmistakable element of parody. Which many outsiders to the downhome church idiom seem to ignore, but which to insiders signals that Armstrong the musician, who sometimes also plays the role of Satchmo the Jester, has now donned the mask of Reverend Dippermouth the Montebank and is by way of conducting a mock or jivetime church service, so no matter how worked up the musicans become, the deportment and the dance movements of the audience should be governed by the sipirit of caricature...

Thus Armstrong's use of church music in secular situations was not performed to stimulate the usual dance-hall bumps and grinds and the same spirit of parody holds true for the mock sermons of Louis Jordan. But such is not always the case with Ray Charles. When he bootlegs This Little Light of Mine. I'm Goin Let it Shine into his dance-hall version, This Little Girl of Mine, the assumption seems to be that the sacrilege can be nullified by sentimentality; but the effect of doing ballroom and honky-tonk steps to such music would have once struck people of both branches of the idiom as being infinitely more offensive than parody. By comparison, using the name of the Lord in vain would probably have been considered a relatively minor trespass. There is, after all, a world of difference between the way you clap your hands and pat your feet in church and the way people snap their fingers in a ballroom, even when the rhythm, tempo, and even the beat are essentially the same. Once you become a member of the church it is as if you are forbidden to make certain movements; they constitute a violation of a body that has been consecrated to God.


There's more great stuff about "The Blue Devils and the Holy Ghost" in Stomping the Blues, I highly recommend it. (Thanks Rayned for doing so yourself)


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You can't lindy to that. Maybe balboa. Besides, it's rock and roll.

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In reply to Swifty's post, I've seen at least two churches in the Seattle area promote their services by offering monthly jazz concerts. So in today's age, jazz helps people get religion ;-) I wholeheartedly agree!


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See if you a can get your hands on a CD by the Zion Harmonizers, (local to New Orleans).

Lots of good stuff.

try www.louisianamusicfactory.com

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See if you a can get your hands on a CD by the Zion Harmonizers, (local to New Orleans).

Lots of good stuff.

try www.louisianamusicfactory.com


OK, Tina, I am about to mention Robbie Robertson, that ought to make you happy.

Back in 1991, Robbie Robertson did a CD called "Storyville.' Not a dancing album, but a great album for listening. A few of the tracks had awesome backing vocals by a gospel group, the liner notes said the were the Zion Harmonizers and I actually picked up a few CDs of their CDs.

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They are awesome. Sometimes, I think the instrumentation on the albums does not do them justice. Maybe, it was just the albums that I had, I think there is an awesome to be made if you put them in front of a better band (similar to what the Blind Boys of Alabama did with the recent "Spirit of the Century" band CDs for Peter Gabriel's Real World label).

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Higher Ground

On the Blind Boys CDs, Higher Ground can be fun to dance to, however it is kind of long.

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:D

Believe it or not, I haven't heard "Storyville", so now I need to.

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Believe it or not, I haven't heard "Storyville", so now I need to.

Tina 8)


Yes, I am pretty sure you will love that album.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:02 am 
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I dug this old thread from the archive not simply out of boredom, but because I have slight hope that one of the three or four other people still on this forum will have some new gospel/spiritual/... favourites. So, whaddaya say? The local venue where I tend to DJ moved into a church recently, and that seems like a fine excuse to do an all-gospel-y sort of night.

The top of my maybe-play list looks like this:

On Revival Day; LaVern Baker; 1958; Precious Memories / LaVern Sings Bessie Smith; 142
Joshua Fit de Battle o' Jericho; Sidney Bechet and His Blue Note Jazzmen; 1949; The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Sidney Bechet; 180
O Mary Don't You Weep; Bruce Springsteen; 2006; We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions - American Land Edition; 135
This Little Light of Mine; Gene Harris; 1995; The Best of the Concord Years; 144
Down by the Riverside; George Lewis; 1953; Doctor Jazz; 194
Shadrack; The Golden Gate Quartet; ; Best Recordings; 180
Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho; Kid Ory & his Creole Jazz Band; 1946; 1944/1946; 158
Ezekiel Saw da Wheel; Louis Armstrong; 1958; Louis and the Good Book; 175
Down by the Riverside; Louis Armstrong; 1958; Louis and the Good Book; 178
Church; Lyle Lovett; 1992; Joshua Judges Ruth; 155
Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego; Asylum Street Spankers; 2009; God's Favorite Band; 190
Down by the Riverside; Asylum Street Spankers; 2009; God's Favorite Band; 199
Volkswagen Thing; Asylum Street Spankers; 2009; God's Favorite Band; 122
Wade in the Water; Asylum Street Spankers; 2009; God's Favorite Band; 124
Scandalize My Name (Do You Call That Religion?); The Delta Rhythm Boys; 1941; Dry Bones; 216
Royal Telephone; The Eclipse Alley Five; 1946; New Orleans 1946; 149
Operator; Gene Harris; 1996; In His Hands; 124
Didn't It Rain; LaVern Baker; 1959; Precious Memories / LaVern Sings Bessie Smith; 204
Shadrack; Louis Armstrong; 1958; Louis and the Good Book; 164
Jonah; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; 1946; The Original Soul Sister; 140
The Ball Game; Sister Wynona Carr; ; The History of Black Gospel Volume 3; 138
Oh Mary, Don't You Weep; The Soul Stirrers; 1964; Sam Cooke's SAR Records Story: 1959 - 1965; 117
This Little Light of Mine; The Steeles; 1994; Corrina, Corrina; 105
Mary Don't You Weep; Swan Silvertones; ; This Is Gospel Volume 5: Swan Silvertones - Happy with Jesus; 126
Each Day; Asylum Street Spankers; 2009; God's Favorite Band; 131
Down by the Riverside; Blue Vipers of Brooklyn; 2005; Good Night Harry; 207
On Revival Day; Carrie Smith; 1977; Confessin' the Blues; 185
This Little Light of Mine; Davina and the Vagabonds; 2009; Live @ The Times; 123
Wade in the Water; The Eclipse Alley Five; 1946; New Orleans 1946; 135
Wade in the Water; Eva Cassidy; 1997; Yeahman III; 120
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho; The Golden Gate Quartet; Best Recordings; 195
Somebody Touched Me; LaVern Baker; 1959; Precious Memories / LaVern Sings Bessie Smith; 208
Everytime I Feel the Spirit; LaVern Baker; 1959; Precious Memories / LaVern Sings Bessie Smith; 210
Bye and Bye; Louis Armstrong; 1939; The Complete Decca Studio Master Takes 1935-1939; 195
Bye and Bye; Louis Armstrong; 1954; Satchmo in Style; 184
When the Saints Go Marchin’ In; Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra; 1938; Ambassador Louis Armstrong, Volume 4: 1938 204
Didn't It Rain; Mahalia Jackson; 1958; Gospels, Spirituals, & Hymns; 173
Walk over God's Heaven; Mahalia Jackson; 1954; Gospels, Spirituals, & Hymns; 123
You Must Be Born Again; Mahalia Jackson; 1959; Gospels, Spirituals, & Hymns; 182
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho; Mahalia Jackson; 1955; Gospels, Spirituals, & Hymns; 183
Keep Your Hand on the Plow; Mahalia Jackson with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra; 1958; Live at Newport 1958; 168
Ac-Cen-Tchu-Ate the Positive; Mel Tormé & George Shearing; 1991; The Complete Concord Recordings; 150
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho; The N'Orleans Statesmen; 1983; The N'Orleans Statesmen; 160
Touch the Hem of His Garment; Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers; 1956; The Complete Specialty Recordings; 100
Nobody's Fault But Mine; Sister Lottie Peavy; 1937; Spreading the Word: Early Gospel Recordings; 210
Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves of Bread; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; 1944; The Original Soul Sister; 100
God's Almighty Hand; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; 1946; The Original Soul Sister; 142
The Lord Followed Me; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; 1946; The Original Soul Sister; 149
Didn't It Rain; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; 1947; The Original Soul Sister; 170

The keen observer has already noted that some albums and song titles are rather well-represented. Help me diversify? Anything church-y is fine, as long as it's delightfully danceable. Back to our regularly scheduled tumbleweeds after this, I promise.


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Hmm that's most (and then some) of what I've got already. A couple additions..

Move Upstairs; Bessie Griffin; The Rough Guide to Gospel; 53/113
Go Down Moses; Louis Armstrong; Louis and the Good Book 1958; 106
Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer; The Four Vagabonds; 138
Dem Dry Bones; Delta Rhythm Boys; 139
Solid as a Rock; Ella Fitzgerald; 150
Solid as a Rock; Count Basie; 1950; 140
Ain't Nobody Nowhere Nothin' Without God; Duke Ellington; Centennial Edition; 1973; 154
Up Above My Head; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; 167
Christ Is All; Sam Cooke; The Rough Guide to Gospel; 1951; 170
Oh Mary Don't You Weep; Nat King Cole; The Nat King Cole Story; 183
Go Down Moses; Ebony Three Vocal Trio; 184
Up Above My Head; The Holmes Brothers; 184
Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho; Elvis; 196
All God's Chillun' Got Rhythm; Bunny Berigan; 1937; 206


A whole bunch of stuff from "The Rough Guide to Gospel (Spiritual Soul; Voices Sing Out)"
A whole bunch of stuff from B.B.King's early album "Sings Spirituals" 1959


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Thanks, Surreal--some good suggestions in there.

I never thought of "Solid as a Rock" as gospel, but I kinda see where you're coming from.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:36 am 
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Last Wednesday we finally did the gospel/spiritual set at the local venue that's in a church. I played gospel-y things for the first hour and a bit, and then just the usual boring stuff. Got some compliments, and people danced fairly enthusiastically. I think we'll do this again in the near future. :)

This Little Light of Mine; Davina and the Vagabonds; 2009; Live @ The Times; 123
Each Day; Asylum Street Spankers; 2009; God's Favorite Band; 131
On Revival Day; LaVern Baker; 1958; Precious Memories / LaVern Sings Bessie Smith; 142
Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho; Kid Ory & his Creole Jazz Band; 1946; 1944/1946; 158
Ezekiel Saw da Wheel Louis Armstrong; 1958; Louis and the Good Book; 175
Operator; Gene Harris; 1996; In His Hands; 124
15 Rounds for Jesus (take 2); Sister Wynona Carr; 1954; Dragnet for Jesus; 161
Bye and Bye; Louis Armstrong; 1954; Satchmo in Style; 184
The Ball Game; Sister Wynona Carr; 1952; Dragnet for Jesus;138
Shadrack Louis Armstrong; 1958; Louis and the Good Book; 164
Down by the Riverside; George Lewis; 1953; Doctor Jazz; 194
Climbing Higher Mountains; Aretha Franklin; 1972; Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings; 126
You Must Be Born Again; Mahalia Jackson; 1959; Gospels, Spirituals, & Hymns; 182
Jonah; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; 1946; The Original Soul Sister; 140
The Christian's Testimony; Mahalia Jackson; 1959; Gospels, Spirituals, & Hymns; 171
All God's Chillun Got Rhythm; Bunny Berigan; 1937; The Fabulous Swing Collection; 208
Ac-Cen-Tchu-Ate the Positive; Mel Tormé & George Shearing; 1991; The Complete Concord Recordings; 150
I Want to Go to Heaven and Rest (take 1); Sister Wynona Carr; 1949; Dragnet for Jesus; 161
God's Almighty Hand; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; 1946; The Original Soul Sister; 142
O Mary Don't You Weep; Bruce Springsteen; 2006; We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions - American Land Edition; 135
(birthday jam) This Little Light of Mine; Gene Harriss; 1995; The Best of the Concord Years; 144
(Big Apple practice/performance) "Big Apple Contest" (from "Keep Punchin'"); The Solomon Douglas Swingtet; 2006; Swingmatism; 211
Wade in the Water; Eva Cassidy; 1997; Yeahman III; 120
I Heard the News (Jesus Is Coming Again) (take 3); Sister Wynona Carr; 1949; Dragnet for Jesus; 135
Joshua Fit de Battle o' Jericho; Sidney Bechet and His Blue Note Jazzmen; 1949; The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Sidney Bechet; 180
Satan Takes a Holiday; Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra; 1937; The Seventeen Number Ones; 147
Solid As a Rock; Ella Fitzgerald; 1950; 1950; 151
In the Mood; Oscar Alemán y su quinteto de swing; 1942; Buenos-Aires - Paris 1928 - 1943; 172
Moten Swing; Kansas City Band; 1995; Kansas City: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack; 159
Miser's Serenade; Chris Connor accompanied by Sy Oliver's Orchestra; 1953; Her Complete Bethlehem Recordings; 140
Splanky; Count Basie; 1966; Count Basie: Live at the Sands; 156
C Jam Blues; Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; 1998; Live in Swing City: Swingin' with Duke; 141
Hallelujah, I Love Her So; Count Basie; 1958; Basie's Golden '58; 130
Massachusetts; Maxine Sullivan; 1956; A Tribute to Andy Razaf; 145
The Spider and the Fly; Fats Waller and His Rhythm; 1938; The Complete Recorded Works, Volume 5: 1938-1940; 177
A Viper's Moan; Mora's Modern Rhythmists; 2000; Call of the Freaks; 144
My Blue Heaven Artie Shaw; 1940; The Complete Gramercy Five Sessions; 167
Here We Go Again; Glenn Miller; 1942; The Spirit Is Willing; 174
Good Queen Bess; Duke Ellington; 1940; The Centennial Edition: Complete RCA Victor Recordings; 161
Jubilee Swing; Ella Fitzgerald and Her Famous Orchestra; 1940; Strictly Jive; 184
Church; Lyle Lovett; 1992; Joshua Judges Ruth; 155


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