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the broadcast the weekend of January 14th & 15th, 2017:
Our Featured Artists on this first
"regular edition" of The
Gospel Greats program for 2017 were the Gaither Vocal Band,
one of today's foremost and best-known Southern Gospel
groups. As you heard, we talked with Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, David
Phelps, Adam Crabb and Todd
Suttles about songs from their new CD entitled "Better Together."
This is an unusual CD, in that they've gone back and re-done some old
spirituals, although in the Vocal Band style. I like Bill's
emphasis on keeping the vocals out front, minimizing the background
music so that the voices and especially the words can be clearly heard.
The Gaither Vocal Band's
CD featured on this program, "Better
Together," is available from our mailorder service,
Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call
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program included a "mini-countdown"
of January's top 5 songs,
there had been no regular Top 20 countdown due to the Christmas and
year-in-review specials. By the way,
thanks to all of you who
told us how much you enjoyed the Christmas and year-in-review programs
again this year.
Update I mentioned Scott
Fowler's "Go Fund Me" campaign to
raise funds for a new bus for the Freedom
Singers. Here's the
address for more information:
the broadcast the weekend of January 7th & 8th, 2017:
This was the concluding
installment of our two-week special called "Gospel
2016 In Review," counting-down the most popular Southern
Gospel songs of the past year. On this edition, you heard
songs #20 through #1. Over the years, listeners have told me
this is always one of their favorite editions of the year.
to Karen Peck &
New River for their #1 song for the year, "I Am Blessed," a
song that attracted numerous industry and listener awards during the
year as well. This follows by seven years Karen's last annual
#1 song back in 2009, "I
Want To Thank You."
Fourteen different artists each had two songs on the 2016 Top
40. Nobody had three songs in the Top 40 for the
year. The group that did best on these multiples — averaging
their two rankings — were the Whisnants, who had the #6 and #2 songs.
Among notable groups retiring in 2016 were the Skyline Boys, the Florida Boys
(Charlie Waller's group) and the Bradys.
A few of the better-known Southern Gospel personalities who passed away
during 2016 were:
- Earl Brewer,
accomplished pianist, formerly of the Harvesters and other groups.
- Miles Cooper,
formerly of the Pine Ridge Boys.
- Ray Lewis,
- Phil Mast of the
- Joe Mocheo, formerly
of the Prophets Quartet and the Imperials.
- Gary S. Paxton,
singer and songwriter.
- Earl Phillips,
formerly of the Lewis Family, uncle of Sheri Easter.
- Buck Rambo, formerly
of the Rambos.
- Tina Sadler,
songwriter (such songs as "Meanwhile In The Garden").
- Scott Spangler,
formerly of Naomi & the Segos.
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