Saturday, February 25, 2012

Father and Son

Rebert H. Harris, the original lead singer for the Soul Stirrers, was so influential you can find his imprint on the vocal styles of many of the golden era gospel quartets’ lead singers: Kylo Turner and Keith Barber of the Pilgrim Travelers; the Sensational Nightingales’ Rev. Julius Cheeks; and perhaps the greatest of them all, Archie Brownlee, who sang lead with the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi until his too-early death in 1959. When Harris left the Soul Stirrers in 1950, Sam Cooke was hired as his replacement; later, when Sam went pop, Johnnie Taylor was drafted in from the Highway QCs. The list goes on and on.

Here are two versions of “In That Awful Hour,” first with R. H. Harris and Paul Foster leading the Soul Stirrers; next up are the Blind Boys and Archie Brownlee.

1 comment:

  1. Soul Stirrers - incredible song!! How could they ever allow the Soul Stirrers' Aladdin material to go out of print? Marie