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Thursday, April 28, 2011

My God Can Do Anything

 
I'm His – He's Mine
My God Can Do Anything
Marco HI– FI Production
90914

Obscure label. Betty Baxter and Faye Penland worked out of Lincolnton, N.C.

From the back cover: It has never been the desire of the Baxter - Penland Evangelistic Party to achieve for themselves worldly fame. When their singing no longer inspires their audience, and their preaching ceases to bring help to troubled souls, then the Baxter - Penland Evangelistic Party will cease to exist.

Child Of The King - Bro. Claude Ely

The Bridegroom Cometh
Walking In His Shadows
Child Of The King
Bro. Claude Ely
Jewel Recording Studio - Mt. Healthy, Ohio
LP NO. 109

This album turned out to be a great and rare find. There isn't much of a hint from the preprinted stock cover that record contains many outstanding country/rockabilly gospel tracks. Note from back cover of this early Jewel pressing indicates that this was Ely's first record (for Jewel).  I google the title and couldn't find the record.

Ely made his home in Florence, Kentucky which is just down the road from me. In fact, I found the album in a Florence, KY thrift store.

It has been my experience that most local artists of this vintage, recording on Cincinnati area labels such as Jewel or Rite are obscure and many have been lost to history. But not Ely.  He wrote and recorded There Ain't No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down), which Johnny Cash recorded. Elvis Presley also records an Ely song and Robet Duvall used Ely's music on the soundtrack of his movie, The Apostle. See Claude Ely's wikipage.

You can find his biography, written by Ely's great nephew for sale on this claudeely.net or enjoy a brief summary of Ely's life. A paragraph mentions the recording of this album, but suggests that the recording was released on his (Ely's) own label, Gold Star. Gold Star isn't to be found on the jacket or label of the pressing I found. This record looks like a Jewel release.

Musicians listed on the back cover include: Phil Miles - Electric Guitar, Denny Rice - Piano, J.D. Jarvis - Tamborine, Rev. Harley Hensley - Rhythm Guitar, Ray Wilson - Steel Guitar, Orangie Ray Hubbard - Bass and Hershell Lively - Drums.

Also from the back cover: He (Ely) appeared and worked on many radio stations including WCPM, Cumberland, Kentucky; WHLN, Harlan, Kentucky; WTCW, Whitesburg, Kentucky; WKIC, Hazard, Kentucky; WPFBm Middletown, Ohio; WNVA, Norton, Virgina; WCLU, Covington, Kentucky, and many others.

The ever present and multi-talented Rusty York wrote the liner notes and did the engineering chores.

Apparently a British label release a CD of some of Ely's work in 1993. From the cover, it appears like all the tracks are from his work on King Records.

Ely passed away in 1978.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Blessed Assurance - Jesus Is Mine

Little Is Much
Blessed Assurance
Jesus Is Mine
Jim Williams
K & S Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio
Queen City Album, Cincinnati, Ohio
80382

Williams worked out of Cold Springs, Kentucky.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Little White Church By The Scott Countians

 
Decoration In Heaven
Little White Church
By The Scott Countians
Jewel Records, Cincinnati, Ohio
LPS 296

Nice bluegrass gospel album from a group who where working out of Milford, Ohio.

From the back cover: The group was organized in the early 60's. They started out as the Scott County Quartet and have traveled throughout areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee, having experienced many blessings from the Lord. They have recently had some additions to the group so they now call themselves, The Scott Countians.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I Believe - Coy E. Godby

 
I'll Leave It All Behind
I Believe
Coy E. Godby
K & S Recording - Cincinnati, Ohio
Queen City Album - Cincinnati, Ohio
90268

Godby was worked out of Science Hill, Kentucky.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Joy The Gospelaires

He Gives Me Joy
Joy The Gospelaires
Artist Recording Company
771251

The Gospelaires were based out of Norwood, Ohio. Below is a snap shot of the house as seen today which was the mailing address for the group.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gospel Singing Get Together

The Hallelujah Brass - O' Happy Day
When I Pray - The Hensley Family
Gospel Singing Get Together
Jordan Records, Newport, Kentucky
LPS 109
Queen City Album, Inc. - Cincinnati, Ohio

Win The Lost - The Central Baptist Trio

Wait Till You See Me In My New Home
The Central Baptist Trio
Win The Lost
Artists Records - Cincinnati, Ohio
700806

Pathway To Heaven - Gospel Pathways

Look For Me At Jesus Feet
Pathway To Heaven
Gospel Pathways
Jewel Records, Cincinnati, Ohio
655

The Gospel Pathways worked out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Below is the house that matches the contact mailing address found on the back of the album for the group.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

He Changed Me Completely - The Stacy Family

Ten Thousand Years
He Changed Me Completely
The Stacy Family
Rite Record 33510 #5878

Very little to go on. There is no photo on the jacket. The Stacy Family, eight of them sing and play on this album, their first. At the time of release they lived in Cleves, Fairfax, Norwood and Ault Park, Ohio.

Gospel Classics - The Sterk Family

We've Come This Far By Faith
Gospel Classics
The Sterk Family
Mission Records MR-TSF-686

A family working out of Lansing, Illinois.

This is a quirky and marvelous album.

Friday, April 1, 2011

God's Singing Messengers - On The Road Again

I'll Never Be The Same Anymore
God's Singing Messengers
On The Road Again
Jewel Records, Cincinnati, Ohio
LPS 710
1977

The Messengers worked out of Covington, Kentucky.