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#46: R&B Stars Sing the Gospel
"Touch The Hem Of His Garment"
by Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers


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It was unusual for an R&B act to do a gospel album in the '50s. They would sing for the devil or the lord, but not for both! Ray Charles took what he heard in the church and applied it to secular music, but I don't think he ever made a straight up gospel album. The church folk tended to shun those who left the fold, but this began to change with Sam Cooke, a huge star in the gospel world with the Soul Stirrers. Although he was chastised by the gospel community when he started to sing pop, he was just too talented and beloved to be ostracized for very long. Alternatively, in the C&W field it was assumed that an artist would do a religious album and most of them did. There was no stigma attached.

When an artist had many gospel releases (like Al Green or the Staples Singers) I picked out 2-3 for the gallery.


Faye Adams
Faye Adams
Faye Adams
Faye Adams
LaVerne-Baker
LaVerne Baker
Big-Maybelle
Big Maybelle
Ruth-Brown
Ruth Brown
Solomon-Burke
Solomon Burke
Solomon-Burke
Solomon Burke
Mitty-Collier
Mitty Collier
Mitty-Collier
Mitty Collier
Mitty-Collier
Mitty Collier
Sam-Cooke
Sam Cooke
Sam-Cooke
Sam Cooke
Sam-Cooke
Sam Cooke
Reverend-Gary-Davis
Reverend Gary Davis
Reverend-Gary-Davis
Reverend Gary Davis
Lorraine Ellison
Lorraine Ellison
Aretha-Franklin
Aretha Franklin
Aretha-Franklin
Aretha Franklin
Aretha-Franklin
Aretha Franklin
Al-Green
Al Green
Al-Green
Al Green
Marv-Johnson
Marv Johnson
Kelly-Brothers
Kelly Brothers
Kelly-Brothers
Kelly Brothers
Kelly-Brothers-AKA--King
Kelly Brothers (AKA King-Pins)
B.B.-King
B. B. King
Little-Richard
Little Richard
Little-Richard
Little Richard
Johnny Nash
Johnny Nash
Billy-Preston
Billy Preston
Lou-Rawls
Lou Rawls
Dee-Dee-Sharp
Dee Dee Sharp
Staple-Singers
Staple Singers
Staple-Singers
Staple Singers
Staple-Singers
Staple Singers
Candi-Staton
Candi Staton
Candi-Staton
Candi Staton
Sweet-Inspirations
Sweet Inspirations
Sonny-Terry-Brownie-McGh
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Big-Mama-Thornton
Big Mama Thornton
Doris-Troy
Doris Troy
Ike-&-Tina-Turner
Ike & Tina Turner
Billy-Ward-&-His-Dominoe
Billy Ward & His Dominoes
Josh-White
Josh White
Jackie-Wilson-Linda-Hopk
Jackie Wilson Linda Hopkins
O.V.-Wright
O.V. Wright
O.V.-Wright-with-the-Sun
O.V. Wright with the Sunset Travelers
Various---Motown-compila
Various - Motown compilation
Various---Motown-compila
Various - Motown compilation




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