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Now part 2 of our retro spotlight on the year 1996.  Enjoy!

Brian Free & Assurance started hitting their stride as a quartet releasing 4 God So Loved in 1996.  The title track has become a classic song for the group.  Another hit song from that recording was the song “Jesus Came Out Alive”.

The Booth Brothers were just getting their recording career started 15 years ago.  One of the first albums to come out by the group was the 1996 effort Praise God Anyhow.  Neil Enloe, of Couriers fame, wrote a song that I enjoyed during this time period titled “Go Ahead And Shout”.

Another group getting their recording career started was the Crabb Family.  This family would go on to be one of the biggest family group’s in Southern Gospel history.  Their 1996 recording Still Holdin’ On garnered the group their first 3 top ten hits.  One of those being the title track “Still Holdin’ On”.

Gold City began their return to greatness among Southern Gospel quartets with the line up of Parrack, Wilburn, Trammell and Riley.  The 1996 recording Preparing The Way was the first for this particular line-up.  One of the biggest songs from that recording was “He’s Still On The Throne”.

Greater Vision was celebrating their 5th anniversary as a group by the time 1996 rolled around.  In addition to their major label release, the group also released The Church Hymnal Series – Volume One.  This popular series would generate three additional volumes.  Listen to the classic “Heaven’s Jubilee”.

The McGruders were nearing the end of their successful run by the time 1996 rolled around.  The group had recording success from about 1989 to 1994 releasing one of Southern Gospel’s all time best live recordings in 1990; Come Fly.  In 1996 the group released their last live album/video titled Plugged In Live.  Listen to “The Finish Line”.

In an era where live albums were still being released, the Perrys Center Stage Live also came out in 1996.  The Perrys were still traveling as a mixed quartet during this time period with both the alto and soprano female vocal parts.  Mike Bowling was also traveling with the group at this time.  “Power In Prayer” featured Libbi and was one of the strongest songs on the recording.

To close out our look at 1996 is the Steeles.  A family group that hit the scene in 1994 with instant radio success.  That radio success eventually translated to concert success.  The 1996 album We Want America Back became a landmark recording for the group.  It went on to win the Singing News fan award for album of the year in 1997.  Listen to “Nothing To Lose”.

Classic Videos – A Trio of Trios

Posted: August 3, 2011 by Steve Eaton in Classic Videos
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In this installment of classic videos, you will see a trio of trios.  The first is from Heaven Bound.  This trio was flying high in popularity during the decade of the 1980’s.  The clip featured is from 1983; “We Are Those Children”.

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Next up is a clip from 1986 featuring the Talleys.  The song featured is “Instrument Of Power”.

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To close out our trio of trios is the McGruders from 1992.  From 1990 to 1992 the Nashville Network aired a newer version of Gospel Jubilee.  The program featured taped studio performances and live performances from Opryland USA.  This particular clip of the McGruders is from Opryland USA and the song featured; “You Got To Have The Want To”.  Enjoy!

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As I was looking at new things to present in 2011, this retro idea came to mind after talking with an individual.  The individual mentioned that they would like me to present my Southern Gospel music collection.  After thinking about it, I thought the best way to share it with everyone is present periodic posts by spotlighting a specific year and provide some music clips from albums released in that year.  So my first retro spotlight shines the light on the year 1986.  While I can’t present music from every album I own released in that year I did pull out a few from my collection.

The Bishops were just starting to make a mark in Southern Gospel music.  They had two recordings prior to 1986, but in 1986 the group released the album, Can’t Stop Now.  The song clip included was one of the first songs I remember hearing on the radio from this group, “Battle Scarred Soldier”.

The Cathedrals were riding high during this time period after several successful recordings leading up to 1986.  Along with Master Builder, The Cathedrals also released Travelin’ Live in 1986.  The clip I chose from this recording was “Homeland.”

The Freemans were recording for Calvary Records at this time period, the same label for the Hinsons.  “Always” became the first top 5 song for the Freemans off of the recording Solid.  The clip I chose was one of my favorite songs from the group during this time period, “God Is Still On The Throne.”

One of my all time favorite Gold City recordings was Double Take, Live In Charleston South Carolina.  The album released in 1986 and featured a song that would go on to be a Gold City classic, “When I Get Carried Away.”  The song clip I chose from the recording is “Loose Him And Let Him Go.”

Every five or so years there is that male trio that makes a name for themselves (Bishops, Greater Vision, Booth Brothers).  During this time period it was Heaven Bound.  Revived was the album released for the group in 1986.  The song clip featured is “Sweet Is Thy Spirit”.

As a kid in the ’80s, my favorite group to see in concert was the Kingsmen.  1986 saw the release of Stand Up At Opryland USA.  The Kingsmen were masters of the live recording during this time period.  “Stand Up”, which was a re-write of a country song was a huge concert song.  I featured “I Sing Because” as the clip.  Listen for a young Arthur Rice take the lead on this tune.

It was around this time frame that I first became introduced to the music of the McGruders.  Before being picked up by Sonlite Records, the McGruders had an album out in 1986 titled I’ve Got To Praise Jesus.  This recording featured several songs written by Carroll McGruder that would go on to be huge hits for other groups, “I Lean On You Lord” and “Thanks”.  The clip I featured was the title cut, “I’ve Got To Praise Jesus.”

One of the biggest songs to come out of albums released in 1986 would probably be the Talleys, “Triumphantly The Church Will Rise.”  Found on their recording, United, this song became an anthem for the group and it was a show stopper when presented live.

Let me know what you think.  Is there a specific year you would like me to highlight in a future retro spotlight?  You can let me know in the comments.