This blog features the many gospel albums I find. 90% of the records featured here were created by local Cincinnati, Ohio area artists (on Jewel, Rite and Queen City record labels among others). Here you will find the Good, Bad & Ugly but never The Lackluster! If there are copyright issues or a problem with any post, just contact me and I will make corrections. I'm here to have fun and hope you will share in my process of discovery!
You Make Me Wanna Sing
Three In One
Queen City Recording, Cincinnati, Ohio
The photo was shot from The Serpentine Wall, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio across The Ohio River looking towards Newport, Kentucky. The bridge, a former rail road bridge is now a pedestrian walkway named The Purple People Bridge.
My Mother's Old Washboard
Edgar Fultz And His Daughter Patricia Warren
Produced by J.D. Jarvis
Jewel Records - Cincinnati, Ohio
From the back cover: Here we are again, with our fourth album, me and my daughter Patricia Warren singing songs, that were given to me as I was inspired by God, except for one song. (White Rags On The Apple Tree), featuring my wife Louise.
My Mother's Old Washboard
Take A Time Out To Pray
Old Butter Blue
Have I Pleased You Lord
White Rags On The Apple Tree
Here He Comes Again
I'll Take Over Now
In The Name Of Jesus
The Devil's Geritol
What God Has Joined Together
When The Saints Go Marching In (Footprints Of Jesus)
Just For Me (Zion Records Presents Doug Chambers)
Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho (Zion Records Presents Doug Chambers)
In The Footprints Of Jesus
Zion Records Presents Doug Chambers
OK. What I've got here is your typical album jacket with the wrong record found inside. If you collect records... you know how often this happens. The record enclosed is apparently Chambers first album titled Zion Records Presents Doug Chambers rather than Footprints of Jesus. I was able to find a digital copy of this album (Footprints Of Jesus) and have included several samples here.
Later I found, Zion Records Presents Doug Chambers (Going Home) in the lot of records I purchased. The labels are different... but the Zion catalog number is the same. So I thought that I would also present several samples from that album here. Both albums are quirky affairs featuring some outstanding jazz/swing/rockabilly picking along with Chambers odd vocals, strange arrangements and backing/studio vocalists that seem out of tune. The timing/tempo seems screwy on some tunes as well. This whacky blend really makes for a couple of unique and enjoyable LPs.
From the back cover: I want to express my sincere thanks to two outstanding artists who did a fine job in displaying their talents on this record. I was thrilled as I heard Mr. Don Lewis, the organist, begin the song, Calvary, in the first few minutes of the studio session. He certainly did a wonderful job as he played progressive lead on six of the songs. For a change in pace, the organ is alternated with a great sounding Western steel guitar, played by a dear friend, Rev. Jeremiah Hanley.
Transcendental Sisters Of St. Francis
Music By Lenny Rich
Ray Records, Columbus, NE
From the back cover: Transcendental is derived from the word transcendent which means, exceeding usual limits; surpassing, extending or lying beyond the limits or ordinary experience.
Yes, this album of upbeat tempo music is indeed exceeding beyond the normal limits of three very beautiful, religious Catholic Nuns who belong to the Convent of St. Francis of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Sweetly And Simply
21st. Century Christ Ministry
From the back cover: Traveling with her husband, W.V. Grant, Jr., she is called in newspapers around the country "America's leading female gospel organist." In the South, people of all races call her "Miss White Soul."
Grant originally operated from a ministry located in Over-The-Rhine, an economically depressed area in Cincinnati, Ohio in the 70s.
Carlisle Family Album
Old Time Great Hymns
Dedicated to the Late Mother and Dad Carlisle
Featuring Cliff and Bill Carlisle
Old Homestead Records OHCS-303
Obscure country gospel album. The only reference to the Carlisle family that I can find online is a German(?) wiki page that features bio material on Cliff Carlisle. I can make out that Cliff was born in 1904 in Taylorsville, Kentucky and passed away in 1983 while living in Lexington, Kentucky. I think the article states that he was a "pionier des Blue Yodeling", or maybe Bluesgrass(?) Yodeling? Anyway, there is no yodeling on this album.
The male vocal you hear on the sample and through out the record must be Cliff's(?). No credit is given to other male or female vocalist(s), but one can assume they are family members.
The jacket also states that the "album was originally recorded for the REM label (a small label located in Lexington, KY) but was never previously released".
They'll Never Change The Way
The Earls And Whitehead Gospel Singers
Recorded at: Commercial Sound - Leon Turner - Engineer
Distributed by: Jalyn Records - Dayton, Ohio
Manufactured by Rite Records - Cincinnati, Ohio - Rite 448 - 18847
From the back cover: This is The Earls and Whitehead Gospel Singers third album, and I think their best. If you like good Gospel Bluegrass, don't pass this one up.
Edward Earls, is from McCreay County, Kentucky, and now lives in Muncie, Indiana. He sings lead and bass, plays 5-strings banjo and guitar.
Millie Earls, is from Izard County, Arkansas and is married to Edward Earls. She sings soprano and tenor.
Leamon Whitehead, is also from McCreary County, Kentucky, plays flat top guitar and sings lead.
Patty Whitehead, is from Selma, Indiana, and is married to Leamon Whitehead. She plays flat top guitar and sings high tenor.
Joyce Browning, is from Muncie, Indiana. She sings alto.
Paul Hill, plays 12-string guitar and violin on this album.
Nelson Hill, is furnishing the bass playing, and is Paul Hill's father.