This week continues our look at the top ten albums of the decade of the 1960’s. The rankings were a result of you, the readers, voting in the search for Southern Gospel’s best album series last year. Today we are going to take a look at the album ranked 7th.
After Jake Hess rose to popularity spending 15 years as lead singer of the Statesmen, he ventured out and formed the Imperials in 1964. During his three years as member/lead vocalist of the Imperials, the group recorded twelve albums. The one to find a home among the top ten albums released during the 1960’s was the 1967 LP, To Sing Is The Thing.
The album contained such favorites as “Glory Land”, “He Lifted Me”, “Heaven Came Down”, “I’ve Got It”, “Jesus I Believe What You Said” and “These Hands” among others. The vocal line up on this recording was Jim Murray (tenor), Jake Hess (lead), Gary McSpadden (baritone) and Armond Morales (bass).
Here is a musical montage of the album ranked #7 among the best released in the 1960’s, To Sing Is The Thing.