Great God A'Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds : Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music

Great God A'Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds : Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music

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From the Jim Crow world of 1920s Greenville, South Carolina, to Greenwich Village's Cafe Society in the '40s, to their 1974 Grammy-winning collaboration on qLoves Me Like a Rock, q the Dixie Hummingbirds have been one of gospel's most durable and inspiring groups. Now, Jerry Zolten tells the Hummingbirds' fascinating story and with it the story of a changing music industry and a changing nation. When James Davis and his high-school friends starting singing together in a rural South Carolina church they could not have foreseen the road that was about to unfold before them. They began a ten-year jaunt of qwildcatting, q traveling from town to town, working local radio stations, schools, and churches, struggling to make a name for themselves. By 1939 the a cappella singers were recording their four-part harmony spirituals on the prestigious Decca label. By 1942 they had moved north to Philadelphia and then New York where, backed by Lester Young's band, they regularly brought the house down at the city's first integrated nightclub, Cafe Society. From there the group rode a wave of popularity that would propel them to nation-wide tours, major record contracts, collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon, and a career still vibrant today as they approach their seventy-fifth anniversary. Drawing generously on interviews with Hank Ballard, Otis Williams, and other artists who worked with the Hummingbirds, as well as with members James Davis, Ira Tucker, Howard Carroll, and many others, The Dixie Hummingbirds brings vividly to life the growth of a gospel group and of gospel music itself.... to Get Homeaquot; b/w aquot;The Lord Will Make a Way, Yes, He Will, aquot; and aquot;Wings of Faithaquot; b/w aquot;Your Mother Loves Her Children. ... recalls how Ivin Ballen would send them sheet music of songs by the Dixie Hummingbirds and other African Americananbsp;...

Title:Great God A'Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds : Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music
Author: Jerry Zolten Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and American Studies Penn State University
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2002-12-13

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