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May 17, 2016

Blues and Rhythm Show 226 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

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

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Were the Soul Stirrers the greatest gospel quartet of all? We try to avoid superlatives on this program but many commentators treat the Soul Stirrers as though they were just that–the greatest gospel quartet of all. Certainly, the Stirrers, as much as any group, ushered in the era of modern hard gospel quartet, the style that dominated gospel’s “golden era” and R.H. Harris is hailed as the prototypical modern gospel lead and the innovator who introduced the practice of dual or multiple leads in quartet performance. What can’t be discounted is the estimation in which they were held in the gospel community but there seems to be some contrast in how the two great lead singers, R.H. Harris and Sam Cooke have been evaluated by their peers.

There has been much fascination with Sam Cooke’s place in popular music history because he successfully made the leap from gospel to pop and R&B and too briefly occupied a space at the apex of pop stardom. His pop stardom and importance as an R&B singer and producer at the moment that soul music was emergent only magnifies the importance of his role as lead singer of the Soul Stirrers and gospel innovator.

No one disputes that Sam Cooke fronting the Soul Stirrers changed the composition of the audience for the gospel programs but it’s also true that Stirrers were not the best-selling recording gospel quartet  of the era, or even the best selling quartet on their own label, Specialty.

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On the Show:

Julian Dash & His Orchestra – Famous Blue Jay Singers – Soul Stirrers – Pilgrim Travelers – Five Blind Boys of Alabama – Highway QCs –  and others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.msumcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or download until June 7th.

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 (May 17th)

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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.

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 (May 12th)

TBA.

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March 17, 2015

Blues and Rhythm Show 172 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, March 17th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

This isn’t the program we set out to put together but we patched together a program for this week with some material we’ve been looking to work into the show for a while, a few new releases and material we’ve overlooked over the past while. R&B and blues from L.A; blues from Texas; recent acoustic blues; obscure J.O.B. label singles from Chicago; new and posthumous Pops Staples, unreleased Soul Stirrers, live gospel from Atlanta.

On the Show:

Joe Houston – Big Sis Andrews & Her Huckle-Busters – Gene Taylor – Robert Dunbar & Eagle-Aires of Chicago – Marshall Lawrence – Big Walter “The Thunderbird” Price – Luke “Long Gone” Miles – Pops Staples – Soul Stirrers – Rev. Johnny L. Jones – and others

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 April 13th.

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 (March 24th)

No plan as yet.

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