GOSPEL HITS FROM THE 80s

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I Won’t Be Back For More by The Caravans

The Caravans were an American gospel music group that was started in 1947 by Robert Anderson. It reached its peak popularity during the 1950s and 1960s, launching the careers of several artists, including Delores Washington, Albertina Walker, Bessie Griffin, Cassietta George, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar, Josephine Howard, Rev. James Cleveland, and more.

Peace Be Still by The Angelic Choir Of Nutley

Peace Be Still is the live album of gospel singer James Cleveland and The Angelic Choir of the First Baptist Church of Nutley, NJ, a choir directed by Rev. Lawrence Roberts. It was recorded on September 19, 1963, at Trinity Seventh Day Adventist Church in Newark, NJ, and released in 1964 under Savoy Records.

I Am Blessed by Maceo Woods

Reverend Maceo Len Woods (April 23, 1932 – January 11, 2020), was an American gospel musician and noted organist, who founded Christian Tabernacle Church. He started his music career, in 1954, with the release of, Amazing Grace, which was released by Vee-Jay Records. His 25 releases have spanned 50 plus years in recording music, and he has released albums with a myriad of noteworthy labels.

Jesus Made A Way by Mighty Clouds Of Joy

The Mighty Clouds of Joy was formed in 1959 in Los Angeles, CA as a traditional-based style group. It wasn’t until 1961 as the group became famous, they added bass,drums, and keyboards to the standard guitar backup and developed a funky sound that split the difference between gospel, and rhythm and blues. In a break with tradition, the groups sound incorporated Soul, R&B, and Rock; all of which flourishes into their musical mix (one of their early hits was produced by Gamble and Huff) without diluting the essential religious essence of their material.



I Know It Was The Blood by The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers

The Pilgrim Jubilees, also known as The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers, is an American traditional black gospel music group originally from the cities of Jackson, Mississippi, and Chicago, Illinois, where they were established by Elgie Graham and Willie Johnson, in 1934. The group has released 25 albums with six record labels Nashboro Records, Peacock Records, Savoy Records, Malaco Records, MCA Records, and Benson Records. Five of those albums charted on the Billboard magazine charts.

Lord Remember Me by The Soul Stirrers

The Soul Stirrers were an American gospel music group, whose career spans over eighty years The group was a pioneer in the development of the quartet style of gospel, and a major influence on the soul, doo-wop, and Motown, some of the secular music that owed much to the gospel.

I’m Going Home by Bishop Walter Hawkins

Bishop Hawkins started his career in one of his brother’s chorales, the Northern California State Youth Choir of the Church of God in Christ. The choir recorded an album in 1968 as a local fundraiser. When a song from that album, “Oh Happy Day”, became a crossover hit, Buddah Records purchased the master and released it as “the Edwin Hawkins Singers”. This led to him accompanying his brother Edwin to establish the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

He Touched Me by Elvis Presley

Presley’s earliest musical influence came from the gospel. His mother recalled that from the age of two, at the Assembly of God church in Tupelo attended by the family, “he would slide down off my lap, run into the aisle, and scramble up to the platform. There he would stand looking at the choir and trying to sing with them In Memphis, Presley frequently attended all-night gospel singings at the Ellis Auditorium, where groups such as the Statesmen Quartet led the music in a style that, Guralnick suggests, sowed the seeds of Presley’s future stage act:

Lifting His Name by Helen Bailor

Baylor opened for Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and B.B. King while still in her teens, and performed in the musical Hair. In 1967/68 she worked with producer the releasing two singles, “The Richest Girl” and “What About Me Boy”, as Little Helen for the Soultown label. In the 1970s she joined hit Broadway musical Hair and followed this period of her career as a session musician for artists that included Captain & Tennille, Les McCann, and Rufus. As a member of Side Affect her vocals featured on their third album What You Need, from which “Always There”, a song co-written by Ronnie Laws was an R&B chart success. Later in the 1980s, her career would falter as a consequence of drug abuse.

Peace Be Still by Vanessa Bell Armstrong

Armstrong made her solo debut on Onyx/Muscle Shoals Sound Records in 1983 with the album Peace Be Still. The title track has since become one of Armstrong’s signature songs. Armstrong’s second album Chosen hit number one on the US Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.[1]

Armstrong performed on the 1st Annual Soul Train Awards ceremony.[2] Her 1986 album Following Jesus won a Soul Train Music Award for Best Gospel Album – Solo in 1988. She is also a seven-time Grammy Award-nominee.

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Anthony Olushola Undiandeye

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