Monday, December 08, 2014

WHAT ARE THEY DOING RIGHT NOW

Paul Owens, whose exquisite lead vocals graced several of the top postwar gospel quartets beginning in 1949 with the Nightingales (a couple years before Julius Cheeks arrived), recorded two sessions with the Dixie Hummingbirds in the early fifties before moving on to the Swan Silvertones and later, the Brooklyn All Stars. Here his clear baritone leads out on “What Are They Doing in Heaven Today”, the ’Birds’ first single for Peacock.


Dixie Humming Birds • What Are They Doing in Heaven Today • 1952



Paul Owens, lead; Beachey Thompson, tenor; Paul Owens, Ira Tucker, James Davis, baritones; William Bobo, bass. Unknown drums. February 1952

“What Are They Doing in Heaven Today” can be heard on the Canary Records comp When the Moon Goes Down in the Valley of Time: African-American Gospel, 1939–51.

2 comments:

  1. A cracker and a long-time favourite!

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    1. Many thanks. And this sounds a lot better than my old Peacock 45. . . .

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