Various Artists

Preachers and Congregations, Vol. 3: 1925-1929

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Document's third volume devoted to African-American preachers and congregations offers 24 examples dating from the second half of the 1920s. Fully half of these were made in 1925, and have vocals that may seem comparatively rigid and unyielding. The earliest of these (tracks five through 12) were made by Calvin P. Dixon, billed by Columbia as "Black Billy Sunday," a handle that was also used by Rev. Dr. J. Gordon McPherson. Tracks one through four were waxed in Dallas by the Reverend William McKinley Dawkins, who delivered very proper, forceful vocals, distinct and clearly enunciated in a manner that might bring to mind the succinct singing of Thomas Edison's preferred recording artist, Vernon Dalhart. Reverend Mose Doolittle's Victor record was cut in Chicago on September 28, 1926. His "Testimonial Meeting" and "Get on Board" combine speech, chanting, and group vocal. The work of Reverend P.C. Edmonds is sketchily documented by two tinny-sounding Paramount sides cut in Chicago in August 1929. Reverend J.F. Forest of Roger William Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama, on the other hand, comes across with great potency on tracks 17-24. These "Sermons with Sistern and Bretheren" were gathered by a Gennett field recording unit in August 1927.

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Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
3:08 Spotify
2
3:02 Spotify
3
3:05 Spotify
4
2:58 Spotify
5
2:54 Spotify
6
2:52 Spotify
7
2:53 Spotify
8
2:54 Spotify
9
2:52 Spotify
10
2:55 Spotify
11
2:54 Spotify
12
2:52 Spotify
13
3:06 Spotify
14
2:35 Spotify
15
3:11 Spotify
16
3:08 Spotify
17
3:00 Spotify
18
2:53 Spotify
19
2:46 Spotify
20
2:53 Spotify
21
2:57 Spotify
22
2:47 Spotify
23
2:45 Spotify
24
2:49 Spotify
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