Do you remember what outlet it aired on? I wasn't aware of too much
additional material on Dorsey.
--Scott D. Smith
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Gospel preservation
> Saw a piece of a Dorsey interview this past weekend on TV, part of a
> Gospel Came From" type series (6 episodes.)
> Steve Smolian
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> From: "Scott Smith" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 10:33 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Gospel preservation
> > Which reminds me...buried somewhere deep in the Disney archives is one
> > the last filmed interviews done with Thomas J. Dorsey (the father of
> > gospel
> > music), which we shot for a documentary called "Chicago on the Good
> > back in the early eighties. In addition, the film also contained
> > with Willie Dixon (filmed in his studio), Junior Wells, Big Twist,
> > Perkins, Koko Taylor...the list goes on. Would love to get my hands back
> > on
> > that material again.
> > I'm sure no one at Disney even knows it exists.
> > Scott Smith
> > Chicago Audio Works, Inc.
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> > From: "Matthew Barton" <[log in to unmask]>
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> > Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 7:58 AM
> > Subject: [ARSCLIST] Gospel preservation
> >> From today's New York Times--a familiar tune.
> >> OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
> >> Gospel's Got the Blues
> >> By ROBERT DARDEN
> >> Published: February 15, 2005
> >> Waco, Tex.
> >> AT the Grammy awards on Sunday, viewers saw the marriage of old-time
> > gospel
> >> and new: the classic artists Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of
> >> performed a medley with a young musician, Kanye West, that included Mr.
> >> West's gospel-tinged hip-hop song, "Jesus Walks."
> >> Blessed with a rock-solid foundation, contemporary gospel is thriving.
> >> the past decade, new releases have been selling copies in the
> >> a
> >> major milestone in a musical genre that emerged in the 1930's, when the
> >> songwriter Thomas Dorsey set the words of Sunday morning to the music
> >> Saturday night. But the early gospel may soon be lost forever. Although
> >> albums by the legendary Mahalia Jackson are easy to find on CD, of the
> >> thousands of tracks recorded by less known greats like Clara Ward, the
> >> Sensational Nightingales, the Roberta Martin Singers, Sallie Martin,
> >> Georgia Peach and the Spirit of Memphis, only a few are available.
> >> Why is this music so difficult to find, or even hear, today? Although
> > small
> >> gospel labels still release classics, and reissue labels like Document
> >> Records and Collectables have repackaged some Golden Age music, these
> >> companies don't have the wide distribution of the major labels and
> >> depend on mail and Internet orders. In fact, catalogs of early gospel
> >> labels are mostly owned by the large corporations that dominate the
> >> industry. For the most part, these companies have released only a few
> >> classic albums on compact disc.
> >> For an unabashed fan like me, it's a painful situation. I realize that
> >> corporation is going to put out albums just to please a few
> >> but they may not realize that many people want to hear this music. Each
> >> time I do a radio interview and play a classic gospel song, the phone
> > lines
> >> immediately light up. The callers need to discuss what this music has
> > meant
> >> to them. They invariably ask where they can buy it and most of the time
> >> have to tell them they can't.
> >> Classic gospel can experience the same success that major-label
> > of
> >> jazz and blues have enjoyed in the last two decades. It was once
> >> difficult
> >> to find the jazz masters, but reissues of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker
> > and
> >> dozens of others have brought labels renewed sales, a new audience and
> >> critical acclaim. These reissues came about because of the aggressive
> >> lobbying by jazz lovers and the foresight of a few label executives.
> >> same can happen with early gospel.
> >> Music historians should also get involved: major record labels can form
> >> alliances with archivists like the Smithsonian, Rounder Records and the
> >> Library of Congress. Each day, irreplaceable master tapes deteriorate,
> >> get
> >> lost, or are simply tossed out.
> >> It would be more than a cultural disaster to forever lose this music.
> >> would be a sin.
> >> Robert Darden, an assistant professor of English at Baylor University,
> >> the author of "People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music."
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