Song Hall Of Fame: “Bring My Children Home”

Hall of Fame (350x202)The month of June is just around the corner.  It is time for me to honor another of Southern Gospel’s greatest compositions by placing it into the Southern Gospel song hall of fame.

Today’s inductee goes back to 1988.  “Bring My Children Home” was recorded by the Nelons on the album, Get Ready.

Not only is Get Ready one of the greatest albums in the Nelons discography, “Bring My Children Home” happens to be one of the greatest songs the group recorded.

This masterpiece was penned by Jerry Thompson.

Song Hall Of Fame: “Green Pastures”

Hall of Fame (350x202)The weekend is almost here.  It is time to honor another of Southern Gospel’s greatest compositions by placing it into the Southern Gospel song hall of fame.

Today’s inductee goes back to 1963.  At least that is when songwriter H.W. Van Hoose penned the song for the Stamps Quartet Music Company.

“Green Pastures” was barely heard of until the Goodmans recorded it on their 1981 recording, Goin’ Higher.  The song charted for the group and became a favorite.

Here is a recent performance of the song by bluegrass/country legend, Emmylou Harris.

Song Hall Of Fame: “It Sure Sounds Like Angels To Me”

Hall of Fame (350x202)Happy Monday!  It is time to honor another of Southern Gospel’s greatest compositions by placing it into the Southern Gospel song hall of fame.

Today’s inductee goes back to 1984; “It Sure Sounds Like Angels To Me”.  It is the first song to land in the song hall of fame from both the Greenes, who recorded the song and Jean Canter, the songwriter..

The song was found on the group’s 1984 album, Greenhouse.  It was also the first top five radio hit from the Greenes.

Song Hall Of Fame: “I Will Glory In The Cross”

Hall of Fame (350x202)It is time to honor another of Southern Gospel’s greatest compositions by placing it into the Southern Gospel song hall of fame.

Today’s inductee goes back to 1978; “I Will Glory In The Cross”.  It is no surprise another of Dottie Rambo’s compositions finds a home in the Southern Gospel song hall of fame.

The song was found on the group’s 1978 album, Queen Of Paradise.  A song that is often times overlooked when compiling a list of Dottie’s greatest songs; but one of her all time best.

Song Hall Of Fame: “King Jesus”

Hall of Fame (350x202)It is time to honor another of Southern Gospel’s greatest compositions by placing it into the Southern Gospel song hall of fame.

Today’s inductee goes back to 1973; “King Jesus”.  A slew of artists recorded the song during this time but it was one rendition that became the most popular.  That rendition was from the Oak Ridge Boys.

The song was found on the group’s 1973 album, Street Gospel.  A year later (1974) the Oak Ridge Boys would record a live version of “King Jesus” on Gospel Gold.

Maurice Delamont is honored by writing this Southern Gospel classic.

Song Hall Of Fame: “Tears Are A Language God Understands”

Hall of Fame (350x202)It has been two and a half years since I’ve inducted one of Southern Gospel’s greatest compositions into the Southern Gospel song hall of fame.

Today’s inductee goes back to the early 1970’s; “Tears Are A Language God Understands”.  The earliest recording of the song came in 1971 when it was released by the Orrells on the Heart Warming Records album, Enough Of God’s Love.

Southern Gospel legend, Gordon Jensen, penned “Tears Are A Language God Understands”.  Gordon was also a member of the Orrells, which by the late 1970’s became known as Gordon Jensen and Sunrise.

The Florida Boys brought the song to the masses when they performed it on the Gospel Singing Jubilee program in 1973.

Song Hall Of Fame – “Clinging To A Saving Hand”

Hall of Fame (350x202)Slowly, but surely, I will be bringing back all my old regular features of Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row.  Today, I wanted to bring back the song hall of fame feature that honors the best songs in Southern Gospel’s history.  Since it has been a while since we had the last honoree, I thought I would provide a recap of all the songs inducted in to my Southern Gospel song hall of fame so far.

  1. “The Lighthouse” (Ronny Hinson)
  2. “Beulah Land” (Squire Parsons)
  3. “I’ve Come Too Far” (Nancy Harmon)
  4. “I’m Standing On The Solid Rock” (Harold Lane)
  5. “Love Will Roll The Clouds Away” (Frank Stamps)
  6. “I’m Free” (Bill Gaither; Gloria Gaither)
  7. “Had It Not Been” (Rusty Goodman)
  8. “We Shall See Jesus” (Dianne Wilkinson)
  9. “Sheltered In The Arms Of God” (Dottie Rambo)
  10. “He Is Mine And I Am His” (George Speer)
  11. “What A Day That Will Be” (Jim Hill)
  12. “Redemption Draweth Nigh” (Gordon Jensen)
  13. “When He Was On The Cross” (Ronny Hinson; Mike Payne)
  14. “The Night Before Easter” (Dwayne Friend; Donnie Sumner)
  15. “I Know” (LaVerne Tripp)
  16. “I Am Redeemed” (Phil Cross)
  17. “I Can’t Even Walk” (Colbert Croft; Joyce Croft)
  18. “I Won’t Have To Worry” (James Goss; Jimmy Jones)
  19. “I Call Him Lord” (Dottie Rambo)

Today’s inductee in to the Southern Gospel song hall of fame is an early 1970’s Southern Gospel classic, “Clinging To A Saving Hand”.  The song was written by mainstream country DJ legend, Bill Mack.  Bill is currently a member of the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame as well as the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

Bill Mack is noted mainly for his mainstream country compositions including the 1997 mega smash breakthrough song for LeAnn Rimes; “Blue”.  But it was “Clinging To A Saving Hand” that made the greatest impact in the Southern Gospel world.  Recorded by many of the biggest artists in the industry during the early ’70’s, this song has endured through the years and crossed genres being recorded by artists such as Bill Monroe, LeAnn Rimes, Connie Smith and Conway Twitty.

One of the best Southern Gospel versions of the song can be found in this particular YouTube clip (published by akdal83) of the Dixie Echoes and the lead voice of Dale Shelnut.  Enjoy!

Song Hall Of Fame – “I Call Him Lord”

Hall of Fame (350x202)This week brings back the Southern Gospel song hall of fame series.  This feature highlights the best songs ever written/performed in Southern Gospel music.  There is no doubt that Dottie Rambo would be at or near the top of everyone’s list, if asked to name Southern Gospel’s best songwriters.

Her catalog contains thousands of songs.  This week, I want to induct “I Call Him Lord” in to the Southern Gospel song hall of fame.  The song was first recorded on the Rambos 1975 album, There Has To Be A Song.  This listener considers “I Call Him Lord” one of Dottie’s best compositions.

Here is a YouTube clip of the Rambos performing this week’s inductee; “I Call Him Lord”.  Enjoy!