Gospel

I owe this list to the four years I spent living in Mississippi. Before that, my knowledge of gospel was pretty much limited to Mahalia Jackson, which isn’t a bad start. Living in a region where they play gospel on the radio and you feel it filling the air around the small churches made me aware that a whole lot—like 87%-of what I loved in soul music had bubbled up from the gospel fountain. Anthony Heilbut’s The Gospel Sound doesn’t go a whole lot beyond the “Golden Age,” but it’ll give you everything you need to hear what followed.

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