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May 12, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 179 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 12th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

At the heart of today’s program. a feature on the Specialty label’s gospel catalogue. The first major gospel act to record for Specialty, in 1947, was the Pilgrim Travelers, a quartet from Texas who had recorded for the Library of Congress. The Soul Stirrers joined the label in 1950 and it was the Soul Stirrers with Sam Cooke (after he replaced the group’s original lead, R.H. Harris) who guaranteed the huge attention given to Specialty and its gospel roster, when the larger world discovered African-American gospel and its golden era.

We now know a great deal more about gospel on important labels like King, Savoy, Peacock and Nashboro, and we can appreciate how fine these other catalogues were but there’s no question that Specialty’s gospel catalogue was exceptional. Our feature will be a representation of the best-known acts on the label and a few lesser-known acts.

On the Show:

HowellDevine – Muddy Waters – Steve Strongman – Soul Stirrers – Original Gospel Harmonettes – Chosen Gospel Singers – Pilgrim Travelers – Princess Stewart – Rev. Charlie Jackson – Ruby Andrews

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until Jun 9th.

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To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

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Next week (May 12th)

TBA.

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June 10, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 135 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 10th (1:00-2:30 pm)

It’s been quite a while since we devoted time to music from New Orleans. This week, we devote the entire program to New Orleans music. The greater part of the program is devoted to the early years of R&B in New Orleans, beginning with the visits of the Braun brothers’ De Luxe Records, the first post-war indie to search for talent in New Orleans. We’ll look at the years 1947-1950 in New Orleans. By the end of this period, New Orleans did not yet have its own home-based record labels but it had the elements of a developing indigenous record industry and a recording studio operated by Cosimo Matassa. Leading into this feature we play a few piano blues records representing the city from the 1930s. And we close the program with some New Orleans gospel.

On the Show:

Lee Allen – Kid Stormy Weather – Champion Jack Dupree – Paul Gayten – Smiley Lewis – Alma Mondy – Fats Domino – Archibald – Sister Elizabeth Eustis – Rev. Charlie Jackson – and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until July 8th.

Contact Us

To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

You can also follow the program at sweartotellthetruth@nosignifying on Twitter.

Next week (June 17th)

Texas special for Juneteenth

Errors and Omissions

Something has happened to last week’s entry for BRS 134 (June 3rd). It shows up on our Facebook page but not on WordPress and it can’t be accessed.  We are investigating.

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