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!
The Cathie Trio Sings Hymns Of Faith And Trust
RPC Recorded Publications Company - Camden, NJ
From the back cover: It was out privilege to sing for the protestant pavillion of the 1965 New York World's Fair, and more recently we appeared with the choral ensemble in a sacred musical by Duke Ellington and his band.
The notes were printed on a sheet of paper that was fixed to the back cover with tape.
• It's Not An Easy Road
• I'd Rather Have Jesus
• At Calvary
• Take Your Burden To The Lord
• Do You Know My Jesus
• At The Cross
• Sunshine Train
• Follow Me
Kenny Felts Sings Tribute To Red Foley
Jewel Records LPS 180
Session musicians include: Dennis Hensley - Lead Guitar, Denny Rice - Piano, Jr. Bennett - Violins, Gene Lawson - Drums, Chester Barnett - Bass and Jr. Boyer - Steel Guitar. Background voices are credited to Chet Oliver Singers.
From the back cover: Kenny is very modest when discussing the remarkable resemblance of his singing style to that of Red Foley. While he greatly admires the work of the man he is paying tribute to; he is not in any sense of the word copying. This is his own natural style of singing.
The sample posted above, is one of three songs on this LP that Foley didn't record (according to the jacket notes).
I'll Make It All Right
The Home Gate Quartet
Rose Records, Vandalia, Ohio - LPR 821
Rite Record - Cincinnati, Ohio - 37802
The Home Gate Quartet worked out of Dayton, Ohio.
Additional recordings by The Home Gate Quartet, as listed on the back cover include: Jesus Walked Upon The Water, Love Will Roll The Clouds Away, Don't Weaken The Wheel, We'll Talk It All Over Up There and Heaven Must Be A Wonderful Place.
Mother Left Me Her Bible To Show Me The Way
REM Records - Lexington, Ky - LP 1006
Pressing by RCA Custom Division, USA
This is a local record for me (living in Northern Kentucky as I do). Hankins also recorded for Rusty York/Jewel in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hankins wife, Jackie did backing vocals on this album.
From the back cover: On one hand Esco may be described as an attractive, black-haired, brown-eyed fellow who stands five-feet-nine and weighs one-forty. On the other hand he may be described in terms of his soft-spoken, mild-mannered, easy-going, pleasing disposition.
From a bio found on jukkajoutsi.com: The year 1963 saw Esco and his wife Jackie recording for Bob Mooney’s Rem Record label of Lexington, Kentucky. His initial release for the label was a 6 track EP album which contained the following recordings MOTHER LEFT ME HER BIBLE, MOTHER SLEEPS IN A LONELY GRAVE, JESUS PRAYED IN THE GARDEN FOR ME (these three recordings can also be found on (Rem RL-1006 “MOTHER LEFT ME HER BIBLE TO SHOW ME THE WAY”) released in 1963 and which was also re-released on (Old Homestead OHCS-309) with the same title and which was released in 1984. The other tracks on the EP are LIES AND ALIBIS, WITHOUT YOU and THAT’S IT (EP-504). He also recorded I’M IN HIS CARE, HE’LL BE THERE IN TIME, SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY, UNWORTHY LORD, THE POWER OF GOD, I’D LIKE TO THANK JESUS, FALL ON YOUR KNEES, STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN and BY THE CRYSTAL SEA. He also joined the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree during the year.
Hankins made his home at the end of his recording career in Lexington, KY. He worked as a deejay at various radio stations, operated his own music shop, The Esco Hankins Record Center and performer locally on Lexington's weekly gospel music program, The Revival Tabernacle.
He Was Waiting At The Altar
Forest And Jean Combs
Jewel Recording Studio - Cincinnati, Ohio
I believe, from the jacket notes, that the Combs worked out of Newport, Kentucky.
This is a fine country gospel album. Session musicians include: Phil Miles - Electric Guitar, Kenny Felts - Bass, Rev. Joe Elliot - Electric Guitar, Denny Rice - Piano, Bob Teagarden - Drums and Ray Wilson - Steel Guitar. The album was engineered and produced by Rusty York.
They Said I Must Die
But God Had Other Plans
Evangelist Cliff Hutchinson
Artist Recording Company - Cincinnati, Ohio
According to a newspaper clipping, reproduced on the back cover, Hutchinson ran his vehicle into a moving train locomotive in 1957. He suffered severe head, chest and abdominal injuries. Other passengers in the car were less severely injured. Hutchinson requested that those people be taken to the hospital before him.
Hutchinson goes on to tell his story of not only the car wreck, but surviving bone cancer in 1939. There is also a reference in a second clipping on the back cover about surviving cancer several years prior to the 1957 accident.
The King's Highway
Ed Day And The Gospel Travelers
Melody Sound Studio - Hamilton, Ohio
Pine Tree Records - Hamilton, Ohio PTSLP-521
Ed Day was from Okeana, Ohio. Group members are: Ed Day - Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Gilbert Grubb - Tenor and First Flat Top Guitar, Donald Meyer - Banjo, Ray Miller - Bass and Mandolin and Gregg Holland - Bass.
Jewel Records - Cincinnati, Ohio - LPS 258
Queen City Album - Cincinnati, Ohio - 11215
From the back cover: One side two, I invited my sister Patti, and a group of vocal artists to add a touch of variety to the album. Included are singer - friends Karen Angel, Milda Croswait, Tammy Olive and Audie Weber.
This is a one of those rare albums by a group of people who just wanted to make a record for the fun of it. They didn't seem the least bit concerned about crafting a sound that could fit into gospel trends of the day.
The results aren't good, bad or ugly... just crazy fun. Because so many people had their hand in the music, I couldn't pick any one sample to feature. So I decided to post the entire album.
Talking About A Good Time
Oak Records LP 170
Queen City Album - Cincinnati, Ohio
I've blogged a number of Bobby Grove albums here in The Gospel Barn. I resist pitting the quality of one artist against another, because all artists offer something special to the art form. But out of all the local artists I've blogged, Grove's recordings consistently offer the highest or most "commercial" quality sound. Meaning, I think Grove had the best chance out of all the local artists, working during the time period, of reaching a wider audience if he had found a home on a larger label.
It is interesting to note mention of The Bobby Grove Record Club on the back cover. Apparently Grove was producing an album every 60 days during this time as part of this promotion.
But what may be of most interest is that Grove is still active, unlike so many of his peers, and held on to his stock of records. You can still purchase actual vinyl from him through his website: http://www.bobbygrove.org/catalog_LP.html
It Was For You
King Records, Cincinnati, Ohio
Here is another Bobby Grove record, this time with a King Records brand on the cover. It is interesting to note the the label on the record is not a King Label, but, once again the Harrison, Ohio label, Oak Records. The label and jacket catalog numbers match.
There is a killer rockabilly number on this record called There Ain't No Grave To Hold My Body Down.
Bobby Grove apparently saved NOS of his records and offers many of them (with the exception of this one) on his website. It's cool that you can order a record from the original artist.
Sweeter Gets The Journey
The Synan Family
Benson Sound Studio LPS 115
The Synan Family worked out of Richmond, Virginia. They recorded this album in one night while stopped on tour in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The jacket image was taken at The Will Rodgers Flower Garden in Oklahoma City.