Newport Gospel Workshop 1959

  • Track Count 25
  • Total Length 1:33:44
Sample this playlist
  1. 1 The Lord's Prayer The Swan Silvertone Singers 05:53
  2. 2 Swing Down Sweet Chariot Prof. Herman Stevens & the Stevens Singers 01:08
  3. 3 I'm Willing To Wait Prof. Herman Stevens & the Stevens Singers 03:35
  4. 4 Peace in the Valley Prof. Herman Stevens & the Stevens Singers 05:24
  5. 5 Lord, Ease My Troublin' Mind Prof. Herman Stevens & the Stevens Singers 04:26
  6. 6 I Can Make It Prof. Herman Stevens & the Stevens Singers 04:56
  7. 7 Friends Talk About Me Jimmy Jones and The Sensationals 01:58
  8. 8 Oh Lord, How Long / Before This Time Another Year Jimmy Jones and The Sensationals 03:37
  9. 9 I Don't Need Nobody But The Lord Jimmy Jones and The Sensationals 02:58
  10. 10 Love Is The Way The Cougarettes 03:16
  11. 11 Make It To The City The Cougarettes 02:45
  12. 12 God Searched The World Professor Alex Bradford and the Bradford Specials 02:25
  13. 13 Without A God Professor Alex Bradford and the Bradford Specials 05:27
  14. 14 Lord You Been So Good To Me Professor Alex Bradford and the Bradford Specials 03:14
  15. 15 I'm Too Close To Heaven Professor Alex Bradford and the Bradford Specials 06:21
  16. 16 I've Got A Job Professor Alex Bradford and the Bradford Specials 04:59
  17. 17 I'm Getting Nearer My Home Julia Doyle 06:29
  18. 18 I'm So Happy In My Home (Over There) Julia Doyle 05:47
  19. 19 It's Real Julia Doyle 04:46
  20. 20 Introduction by Doc Wheeler The Swan Silvertone Singers 00:44
  21. 21 Sinner Man You Better Run The Swan Silvertone Singers 04:23
  22. 22 Move Up (Incomplete) The Swan Silvertone Singers 01:35
  23. 23 Somewhere Up Ahead (Incomplete) / Closing Monologue by Don Wheeler Prof. Herman Stevens & the Stevens Singers 03:58
  24. 24 The Lifeboat Is Coming pt.1 (incomplete) Prof. Herman Stevens & the Stevens Singers 02:07
  25. 25 ...The Lifeboat Is Coming pt.2 (Incomplete) Prof. Herman Stevens & the Stevens Singers 01:33
Playlist Description

George Wein, the jazz impresario behind the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival (which began in 1954 and 1959 respectively), is responsible for showcasing younger, older, and rediscovered jazz, blues, and folk musicians alike. However, his vision also included adding complementary elements to the festivals, which presented leading and lesser-known figures from the regular Newport Festival programs at morning and afternoon workshops on the festival grounds. By the time of the 1959 festivals (the year the Newport Folk Festival was launched) one of these complementary elements had become a Sunday morning workshop spotlighting gospel music. Prior to this, the richest expression of gospel music had primarily been relegated to churches and was intrinsically bound in the development of fundamentalist religion within the southern Afro-American communities. The Newport workshops broke ground by presenting gospel music in a non-secular environment. Although many of the artists featured were strictly gospel singers, crossover performers like the Swan Silvertone Singers were also included, exposing the young, primarily northern white audience to the primarily southern black gospel artists in an intimate setting. In doing so, the festivals provided many northern white listeners with their first exposure to traditional gospel music. With the help of legendary producer John Hammond and with respected musician and popular disc jockey, Doc Wheeler serving as master of ceremonies, they gathered many of the most impressive gospel singers on a single stage. At a time when soul music hadn't yet developed into a genre of its own, the energy, earthiness, and earnestness of these gospel performances made for an enthralling listening experience. Here, we present in near entirety, the Sunday, July 5th Gospel Workshop presented at the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival.