Brother Joe May

Brother Joe May Story

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Here's a 1972 two-record set of 24 gospel songs made popular by Brother Joe May between 1958, when he joined Nashboro after nine years on Specialty, and the time of his demise in 1974. Macon-born May, also known as "the Thunderbolt of the Middle West," was a Pentacostal practioner of the Willie Mae Ford Smithschool of gospel singing. May's powerful tenor impressed and inspired many. It includes some live church recordings and sides made with the Joe May Singers. Notable cuts include the rousing "I've Been Dipped in the Water." This is a fine collection.