I happened to have my music playlist on shuffle the other day and the coincidence of two songs with the same title happened to play back to back. It made me think of all the songs in Southern Gospel music that have the same title, but are totally different songs.
Thus, this new feature is born; the Southern Gospel song list. The first song I want to feature is the song that happened to be the one that played back to back; “Welcome Home”. I have at least a dozen songs with the title “Welcome Home” in my music library. Of those, I will feature song snippets of all the “Welcome Home” songs that are different.
It all starts in 1966 with the Dixie Echoes and the song “Welcome Home” recorded on the album, Echoing. They would re-record it on their 1976 album, Get On Board. The Florida Boys also recorded this particular song on their 1968 album, Make Happy Tracks. The Happy Goodmans would also add their touch to this song on their 1968 Grammy award-winning album, The Happy Gospel Of.
The Speer Family, in 1966, on the album A Singing Heritage recorded the up-tempo “Welcome Home” most Southern Gospel listeners are familiar. The song was also recorded in 1967 by the Kingsmen on the album Sing Out. The Dixie Echoes would also record this version in 1967 (Coming On Strong) and 2006 (Sounds Of Sunday).
The Bishops were next to record a song with the title “Welcome Home”. Their’s came with the 1988 album, Live At Fayetteville Community Church.
Was there any other “Welcome Home” songs that I missed?