I have done too little over the last few months. Hopefully it will be better in the next few weeks! In the last few days I made a start by adding some information and scans to the website:
To be continued…
In the last few days I have listed several gospel 45’s on Discogs, you can see them here. I will try to list more in the following weeks.
Early March 2019 gave us another previously unknown 45 on Brother Hendersen’s Gospel Corner label: #137 by Bro. Dailey’s Phoenix-Tones. The 45 was auctioned on eBay and went for a huge amount of money.
Proverb and its affiliated labels still have a few mysteries and unknown issues and every once in a while something new pops up. A few weeks ago I found a copy of Proverb 103 by the Mighty, Mighty Clouds of Joy and though the songs are known from HOB LP 288 (“Swing Down Chariot”) and Proverb 1023 (“Jesus Is Real”), this original release was unknown. In fact I’m not even sure if the known versions are exactly the same as what’s featured on this early Proverb 45. Since HOB LP 288 was probably a reissue of Proverb LP 100 (with overdubs added), “Swing Down Chariot” may also be present on LP #100. However, a confusing detail is the reference (on the labels of this 45) to LP 102, titled “Gospel Varieties” – an other unknown album. “Gospel Varieties” appears to be a compilation album and “Swing Down Chariot” could be featured on both LP’s (#100 and #102).
Yesterday, I’ve added scans and information for the first release of Gospel Corner LP 500 by Prince Dixon (“The Small One” Prince Dixon). It was probably released in 1970 and then re-released in 1971-72 as “Something Is Wrong” (dist. by Kent Records). The re-release has a slightly different cover and some changes in the song selection. The back cover of the original album shows Brother Henderson as DJ for XERB radio, and the text explains “20 year radio pioneer in Gospel Field”. Wikipedia states that “in the late 1940s he renounced his past and began broadcasting as a minister and gospel music disc jockey”. This appears to be inaccurate as other sources mention 1955 as the year of his conversion. Fact is that Henderson recorded secular material until 1953 (he recorded in the 1940’s and 1950’s as Duke Henderson, Studs Henderson and Big Duke). However, it’s probably true that Henderson was a DJ in the late 40’s and the notes of Delmark CD 668 (Duke Henderson: “Get Your Kicks”) say that, in the early 50’s, he played both gospel and secular material on his shows, though explicitly separated from each other.
Other than the above, I have recently added scans for Avant 053, 055, Checker 5063, Choice 36, Gospel Recording Co. 386, 589, 590, and King Solomon 1020. Most of these were kindly sent to me by Per Notini.
Today I added scans for Nashboro LP 7023 by the Gospel Clouds of Joy. The Gospel Clouds were a male group that came under contract of Nashboro after their initial release for the Rush label (#2705). They stayed with Nashboro probably until 1966 and after a gap of several years they recorded again in the 1970’s for the Big J label. A final album was released on the HSE label in c. 1981.
Today, I’ve added images for Tru-Sound LP 60005 by the Pentacostal Choir of Detroit, Michigan. The choir director was Columbus Mann, who recorded an album with this choir for Tamla in 1961. It’s another Ozzie Cadena production. The cover only mentions Prestige with the number given as GSP-60005, but the labels show the Tru-Sound logo with number TRU-60005. There could be a second version of this album with Prestige labels.
I haven’t been very active over the passed few weeks, but some scans have been added: several scans of Hy-Tone 45’s (thanks to Per Notini), scans of all of Radio Four Nashboro singles and scans of two LP’s (Mighty Gospel Travelers (Finch) and Deep South Singers (Woodrich) – both LP’s are now for sale on Discogs).