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Great God A'Mighty: The Dixie Hummingbirds--Celebrating the Rise of Sould Gospel Music

Zolten, Jerry

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ISBN 10: 0195152727 / ISBN 13: 9780195152722
Published by Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, NY, 2002
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First edition. Glossy photographic illustrated hardcovers; 370 pps. with index, bibliography, discography, index of groups, gospel song titles. SIGNED BYTHE AUTHOR ON THE TITLE PAGE AND ALSO SIGNED ON THE FRONT FREE ENDPAPER FIVE MEMBERS OF THE DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS: Willie Coleman, Lyndon Jones, Cornell McKnight, Torrey Nettles and one other. The story of one of the most famous and enduring gospel music groups of all time and their profound effect on the rise and expansion of the popularity of that music genre. The group was founded in 1928. Fine. No dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # E6167

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Title: Great God A'Mighty: The Dixie Hummingbirds--...

Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, NY

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First

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From the Jim Crow world of 1920s Greenville, South Carolina, to Greenwich Village's Café Society in the '40s, to their 1974 Grammy-winning collaboration on "Loves Me Like a Rock," the Dixie Hummingbirds have been one of gospel's most durable and inspiring groups.
Now, Jerry Zolten tells the Hummingbirds' fascinating story and with it the story of a changing music industry and a changing nation. When James Davis and his high-school friends starting singing together in a rural South Carolina church they could not have foreseen the road that was about to unfold before them. They began a ten-year jaunt of "wildcatting," traveling from town to town, working local radio stations, schools, and churches, struggling to make a name for themselves. By 1939 the a cappella singers were recording their four-part harmony spirituals on the prestigious Decca label. By 1942 they had moved north to Philadelphia and then New York where, backed by Lester Young's band, they regularly brought the house down at the city's first integrated nightclub, Café Society. From there the group rode a wave of popularity that would propel them to nation-wide tours, major record contracts, collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon, and a career still vibrant today as they approach their seventy-fifth anniversary.
Drawing generously on interviews with Hank Ballard, Otis Williams, and other artists who worked with the Hummingbirds, as well as with members James Davis, Ira Tucker, Howard Carroll, and many others, The Dixie Hummingbirds brings vividly to life the growth of a gospel group and of gospel music itself.

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Jerry Zolten is an Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and American Studies at Penn State University Altoona. The co-author of Speaking to an Audience, he has written profiles of blues artists for Living Blues magazine and penned the liner notes to two of The Dixie Hummingbirds latest compilation CDs. A part-time record producer and promoter, he lives in Warriors Mark, Pennsylvania.

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