Earlier this year I began a series honoring the best Southern Gospel albums released by decade. The rankings were a result of you, the readers, voting in the search for Southern Gospel’s best album series last year. For the decade of the 1950’s I honored the top five. Here is a quick re-cap.
5. Hymn Sing – Blackwood Brothers (1956)
4. The Bible Told Me So – Statesmen (1958)
3. The Statesmen Quartet With Hovie Lister – Statesmen (1957)
2. The Statesmen Quartet Sings With Hovie Lister – Statesmen (1958)
Now to crown, the top Southern Gospel album released in the 1950’s. To no one’s surprise, that honor goes to the Weatherfords 1959 recording, In The Garden. Many Southern Gospel historians consider In The Garden one of the best albums released in the history of the genre. After the final overall vote tally, the album landed 16th among over 500 albums considered for the series.
The album contained such favorites as “He’s The Lily Of The Valley”, “House Of Gold”, “I Heard God Today”, “In The Garden”, “Let The Lower Lights Be Burning” and “What A Precious Friend Is He” among others. The vocal line up on this recording was Lily Fern Weatherford (tenor), Glen Payne (lead), Earl Weatherford (baritone), Armond Morales (bass) and Henry Slaughter (pianist).
Next week we’ll begin counting down the top ten albums from the 1960’s.
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