Monday, November 19, 2007

"Precious Lord..."

Michael Hoinski writes about an effort to find and preserve black gospel:
This year marks the 75th anniversary of gospel’s bedrock song, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Recorded by Chicago piano man Thomas Dorsey following the death of his wife and infant son in childbirth, it typifies the genre in its calling on a higher power in time of need. While Dorsey went on to become “the father of gospel music,” Robert Darden, a former Billboard gospel music editor turned professor of journalism at Baylor University, may become its savior.

In March, Darden started work on the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. Its mission is to identify and acquire black gospel recordings, primarily from the music’s mid-20th-century golden age, and digitize them to create a virtual encyclopedia of a musical style unparalleled in its religious zeal. (more)
Thomas Dorsey: 


  1. When I clicked on the video, I got a message that the video is no longer available. Too bad! I was looking forward to watching it.

  2. Linda,
    It still loads just fine for me. Don't know what may be causing your problem?

  3. I tried it again today, and it worked. Powerful!


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