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“Without gospel music there never would have been an Elvis Presley. There never would have been a Ray Charles, or a James Brown. From the mid-twentieth century on, gospel music not only thrived within a separate sphere as vital as the jazz, rock and rhythm and blues worlds; it also constantly intersected with the secular music industry, providing models that countless artists outside the church emulated. The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul explores these connections as a way of reinstituting gospel’s central place within the history of American popular music.”
-Ann Powers, Author and Music Journalist
Keep the Music Alive: Philadelphia’s TCS Records on the RiseOctober 12, 2018
In Gospel Music’s Heyday, Philadelphia was the City of Sisterly LoveOctober 3, 2018
Watch The McCrary Sisters live in concert for the Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul projectOctober 1, 2018
Photo recap: The McCrary Sisters concert at World Cafe LiveSeptember 25, 2018
Watch: The Dixie Hummingbirds live in concert at World Cafe LiveSeptember 16, 2018
Listen to a World Cafe tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha FranklinAugust 27, 2018
Listen to Theotis Taylor’s “new” gospel recording, Something Within MeJuly 23, 2018
Pseudonyms and Session Men: Blurring the Boundaries between Sacred and Secular by Robert M. MarovichJuly 23, 2018
An introduction to the GOSPEL ROOTS OF ROCK AND SOUL
In 1947, a white Southern musical entrepreneur named Lee Roy Abernathy made a move that shook up churchgoing America – and the sound of popular music. That winter, the Georgia-born pianist and songwriter went into Atlanta studio with his group the Homeland Harmony Quartet to record his latest composition, “Gospel Boogie.” Abernathy was a musical entrepreneur, selling sheet music for his compositions at fifty cents a pop, and he kept his ears open to the hottest trends among the both the pious and the profane.