Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Gospel Memories Broadcast Pays Tribute to Historic Church

Hello, gospel music fans everywhere! Gospel Memories airs live this Sunday, May 6 from 3:00 to 7:30 a.m. Central Time US on Chicago's WLUW 88.7 FM, and streams live at

Highlights of Gospel Memories' Sixth Anniversary Show:
-- Last month, Chicago's Roberts Temple COGIC (left; source: Chicago Defender) received landmark status from the city for its role in the Civil Rights effort. The church held the open-casket funeral services of Emmett Till, the Chicago teen whose brutal murder in Mississippi in 1955 helped spark the modern Civil Rights movement.

To pay tribute to Roberts Temple, Gospel Memories will feature recordings of Brother Isaiah (Roberts) COGIC Choir, with soloist and former Argo Singer Lorenza Brown Porter. Roberts was pastor of Roberts Temple COGIC, a church planted by his father, Bishop William Roberts. We will also feature music from another famous family member, Sis. Minnie Pearl Roberts, who was one of the earliest Pentecostal singers to make a phonograph record.

Also, our "Preacher Feature" will be a sermon snippet (ca. 1960s) delivered by Brother Isaiah Roberts.

Note: to learn more about the Roberts Family, be sure to read Elder Mack C. Mason's Saints in the Land of Lincoln.

-- In Loving Memory -- the music of two gospel legends who went home this past month:

James Davis - founding member of the Dixie Hummingbirds

Mildred Clark - of the Kansas City Melodyaires

A special "Mother's Day" message from the mid-60s from legendary Chicago DJ Lucky Cordell.

Benediction: "The Lord's Prayer" is brought to you by the Echoes of Eden of St. Paul Baptist Church of Los Angeles, California, feat. Prof. J. Earle Hines (Rev. John Branham, Pastor) - 1940s

-- A rare recording of the Sallie Martin Gospel Singers

Other music -- familiar and not-so -- from:
Gospel Soulettes of Philadelphia
Tommy Ellison and the Five Singing Stars
Rev. John Thomas Singers
Gospel Chimes
Pilgrim Jubilee Singers
Famous Davis Sisters
Dr. C.J. Johnson (he was old school before it was cool)
Zion Travelers
Metropolitan Spiritual Church of Christ (KC) feat. Rev. Henri Lawson
Spiritualaires of Hurtsburo, AL - a new release from CaseQuarter!
Chicago's Mt. Eagle B.C. Choir feat. Ernest Franklin
"Pops" Harris and the Masonic Quintet (singing an Anthony Heilbut original!)
Original Five Blind Boys feat. Roscoe Robinson
Swan Silvertones

...and plenty more where this comes from!

So tune in and turn on to the joyful sound of "Gospel Memories"...the soundtrack of That Old Time Religion.

Bob Marovich, Host
"Gospel Memories" -- Taking You Back to The Old Landmark
First Sundays, 3:00 to 7:30 a.m. Central Time US
WLUW 88.7 FM Chicago

1 comment:

jcdonaldson said...

Hello Bob,

I know that you state on your blog that you rate/review new music. Well, I am the executive producer of an album from a group in Anderson, IN. The group is called G-TAC and the album is entitled Heartburn.

You can hear a few of our tracks online @

Let me know what you think.