Southern Gospel’s Best Songs: Downings

This new series highlights the ten best songs of an artist’s career.  We’ve already looked at the Anchormen and the Steeles.  Today, I want to look at one of the best mixed groups in the history of Southern Gospel music; the Downings.  Here are what I consider to be the ten best songs recorded by the Downings.

1.”Sheltered In The Arms Of God” (Jimmie Davis/Dottie Rambo; Sheltered In The Arms Of God, 1969)

2. “Because He Loved Me” (Alice Wilson; Once More With Feeling, 1971 and This Is How It Is Live, 1971)

3. “Greater Is He That Is In Me” (Lanny Wolfe; Greater, 1973 and Praise Him Live, 1975)

4. “It’s My Desire” (Jimmy Pearce; Praise Him Live, 1975 and Spiritfest, 1976)

5. “I’ve Got Confidence” (Andrae Crouch; This Is The Day, 1970 and This Is How It Is Live, 1971)

6. “He Rescued Me” (Jimmy Pearce; I Feel So Good About It, 1974)

7. “Operator” (PD; Spiritfest, 1976)

8. “Gettin’ Ready Today” (Joe Hatfield/Dottie Rambo; Sheltered In The Arms Of God, 1969 and Praise Him Live, 1975)

9. “Oh I Need Him” (Andrae Crouch; A Love Story…Love Beyond Compare, 1973)

10. “On The Sunny Banks” (Dottie Rambo; Up With The Downings, 1969)

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