Welcome to the Earlygospel.com website
The Half Ain't Never Been
"The story of the blues is
a story that has been told a number of times ... as far as black music
as a whole is concerned it is a half-story. This emphasis has drawn
attention away from other important vocal traditions, particularly the
sacred vocal traditions, from the song-sermons of the Baptist and
Sanctified preachers to the gospel songs of the church congregations and
of the 'jack-leg' preachers and evangelists".
- Paul Oliver, Songsters and Saints -
Race Records, Cambridge University Press, 1984.
This is the sister
website to 'Earlyblues.com', helping to redress the balance by
specialising in early gospel music and particularly lesser known singers
and groups, from the spirituals and sacred songs in the 1870s through
the evolution of gospel music to the end of WW II.
The website includes the
origins of gospel music, a chronology of key dates and significant
events, influential churches in the American south, bibliographical
summaries of preachers and their congregations / 'jack-leg' preachers
and evangelists / gospel singers, essays and articles specialising in
early gospel music, current and future research projects, a discography
including key recordings, and a bibliography of key reference
literature. Additional materials including images, maps, plans and
diagrams are included whenever appropriate, subject to the necessary
permissions being granted for on-line publication.
As this is a new website being developed over time, please be patient if the reference you are
looking for is in the 'Coming Soon' category.
If you have any comments, contributions
(information/articles/essays) or any other queries, please email me, Alan White at
Thanks to my wife Christine
and my good
friend blues/gospel historian Max Haymes for
their guidance and assistance in developing this website.
For the record: this is an
educational website and
no content may be copied for commercial use (see
Note to Educators and Church
representatives: The material on this website is often used (with
permissions granted) by educators within schools and the church. If
you require permission please email me with the details
to be a huge help in my Worship Arts class. The material is thoroughly
researched and extremely informative. Because of this site, my students
will grow tremendously in their knowledge of Gospel Music's history.
Keep up the good work!"
- Billy Buchanan, University Christian School, Jacksonville, FL, USA
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