The Definitive Southern Gospel Collection – 1983

cathedrals1983liveinatlanta150It has been nearly two months since the last definitive Southern Gospel collection feature.  As we all celebrate some time off for the 4th of July holiday, I know I enjoy spending some time listening to music.  This feature will take a look at the twenty best albums released in Southern Gospel music in the year 1983.

The Cathedrals were enjoying their first dominant period during this era.  They won group  and song (“Step Into The Water”) of the year at the Singing News fan awards.  Singing News was still awarding Queen of Gospel Music (instead of female vocalist) during this time period.  Connie Hopper won that honor in 1983.

kingsmen1983alabama150We Shall Behold The King by the Rex Nelon Singers picked up Southern Gospel album of the year at the Dove Awards in 1983.

The definitive top 20 albums released in the year 1983 are as follows:

  1. Live In Atlanta – Cathedrals (RiverSong)
  2. We Shall Behold The King – Rex Nelon Singers (Canaan)
  3. Live At The University Of Alabama – Kingsmen (Heart Warming)
  4. Louisiana Live – Hemphills (Heart Warming)
  5. I Think I’ll Read It Again – Gold City (Heart Warming)
  6. Passin’ The Faith Along – Gaither Vocal Band (Dayspring)lesters1983glorylandgoldmax
  7. More Than Just Good Ole Boys – Dixie Melody Boys (Lifeline)
  8. Everybody Ought To Praise His Name – Singing Americans (RiverSong)
  9. The Wonder Of Wonders – Inspirations (Canaan)
  10. Think On The Good Things – Hoppers (Lifeline)
  11. Keep Rolling On – Florida Boys (Canaan)
  12. Live Featuring The Speer Sisters – Speers (Heart Warming)
  13. Voices In Praise A Cappella – Cathedrals (RiverSong)
  14. I Am With Thee – Heaven Bound (Windchime)
  15. Gloryland Gold – Lesters (Skylite)dumplinvalley1985damascusroad150
  16. Because He Loved Me – Primitive Quartet (Windchime)
  17. He Redeemed Me – Squire Parsons (Dawn)
  18. Keepsake – McKameys (MorningStar)
  19. Have You Heard – Freemans (Custom)
  20. Damascus Road – Dumplin Valley Boys (Custom)


Listen to a mash-up of music from the twenty best albums of 1983.  Enjoy!


3 thoughts on “The Definitive Southern Gospel Collection – 1983

  1. 1983 was a great year. The 2 Cathedral releases you’ve named are in my top 3 favourites of theirs, along with Prestigious Cathedral Quartet from 1984.
    Passing the Faith by GVB also was/is still a fav of mine.

    I’m curious though, as to which albums you didn’t include….how many were released in total that year? Is it possible to know?

    1. There were 51 albums on my list for 1983. Some notable albums that just missed making the top 20 are as follows:

      1. ‘Aeroplane’ – Fox Brothers
      2. ‘Favorites Old And New’ – Cathedrals
      3. ‘God’s On Our Side’ – Spencers
      4. ‘I Will Follow’ – Brush Arbor
      5. ‘Just In Time’ – Gordon Jensen
      6. ‘Live At The Joyful Noise’ – Masters V
      7. ‘Mail Order From Heaven’ – Singing Cookes
      8. ‘Memories – A Tribute To Dale Shelnut’ – Dixie Echoes
      9. ‘Moving On’ – Bibletones
      10.’Personally Yours’ – Jerry and the Goffs

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