The Southern Gospel Notebook: July 1984

Before I left for vacation, I posted about several notebooks I found while cleaning the garage.  As a kid, into my teen years, I wrote down my twenty favorite songs every month.

I started this in July 1982 and continued until December 1994.  The response was overwhelming to my first post and therefore it will continue.

Today’s post took my notebook entry from July 1984.  These were my twenty favorite songs.  Enjoy!

**Music is on the sidebar as a playlist**

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  The Freemans were birthed out of the family of group member Darrell Freeman.  Darrell’s parents and siblings traveled as the Pathways during the 1970s.

After Darrell married Chris, she left the Hinsons and traveled with the Pathways for a couple of years before the group decided to change their name to the Freemans.  The first Freemans album (1983) included Darrell’s parents and brother.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  With the 2017 Academy awards tomorrow, I thought I would look at past best picture winners and see if there was a Southern Gospel song to match the title.  I found six:

“Wings” (1927):  Southern Gospel song by Ivan Parker

“Gone With The Wind” (1940):  Song by the Freemans

“All The King’s Men” (1950): Song by CrossWay

“Ordinary People” (1981): Song by Old Paths

“Silence Of The Lambs” (1992): Song by the Martins

“Unforgiven” (1993): Song by Crabb Revival

Least Remarkable Song Series – #20

freemans2004verybestofandmoremaxTwo days ago I announced the winner of Southern Gospel’s greatest song series.  Today we look at the opposite end of the spectrum by singling out Southern Gospel’s least remarkable songs.  It took me a few weeks to go through a catalog of over 30,000 songs recorded by Southern Gospel artists over the course of the last 60 years.

While there were more than twenty songs to include in this list and some back and forth, I settled on this list of twenty.  It can’t be argued that Ronny Hinson is one of Southern Gospel music’s greatest songwriters.  “The Lighthouse” was in the final ten among Southern Gospel’s greatest songs.

But, even the greatest songwriters can pen a tune that leaves you scratching your head after you hear it.  Such is the case with the song landing at #20 among Southern Gospel’s least remarkable songs; “Already Sold Out”.  In 2005, the Freemans released a greatest hits album titled, The Very Best Of…And More.

The album was mainly filled with prior hits, but did include three new songs.  One of those songs was “Already Sold Out”.  In all the years I’ve been listening to Southern Gospel music, I don’t think I ever had a picture painted of the devil pushing a shopping cart or a reference to a shopping mall or bargain basement sale.

On the rare occasion this song pops up on my shuffle, I am still left scratching my head at the concept presented in the song.  Do you think this song deserves to be considered among Southern Gospel’s least remarkable?  Discuss among yourselves.

*Video Credit (Ryan Carlile)

The Fab Five – April 2015

It is April 1st, 2015.  Time to take a look at the most played Southern Gospel radio singles in my musical playlists over the preceding month.  The Hoskins Family top the list in April while we have two other families in the list; the Freemans and Whisnants.  Mercy’s Well have a career record with their latest single and one song tends to be a little out-of-place.  Oh well, Enjoy!

Hoskins Family

*Video Credit (Various Artists – Topic)

Mercys Well

I’ll Trade This Valley For A Mountain


*Video Credit (#GaitherVocalBand)




*Video Credit (Harrison Freeman)

The Fab Five – December 2014

The holiday season is upon us and a new year is just around the corner.  Time to kick of December 2014 and as each new month begins, it is time to take a look at the five most played Southern Gospel radio songs in my iPod over the preceding month.  The Taylors have a career record with the title track off their 2014 album.  Oklahoma based trio, Master’s Voice has a chart topping single as the Freemans, Wilburn & Wilburn and Legacy Five round out the top five.  Enjoy!






Masters Voice




















The Definitive Southern Gospel Collection – 2007

kingdomheirs2007truetothecallmaxBack to one of my regular features this week; the definitive Southern Gospel collection.  I take a look at a specific year in Southern Gospel music and determine the (20) best albums released in that given year.  I am taking a look at the year 2007.  I started with a list of 75 albums and worked on narrowing it down to the (20) best.

crossway2007beautifulthingmaxThe Booth Brothers started their award show domination in 2007 by winning artist of the year at the Singing News fan awards.  Live In Music City by Legacy Five won album of the year as “I Have Not Forgotten” (Inspirations) won song of the year.  “Give It Away” (Gaither Vocal Band) won both album and recorded song at the Dove Awards in 2007.

The (20) best albums released in 2007 were:

  1. True To The Call – Kingdom Heirs (Sonlite)
  2. A Beautiful Thing – CrossWay (Big Ten House)
  3. Look No Further – Perrys (Daywind)
  4. Journey Of Joy – Karen Peck & New River (Daywind)
  5. You Gotta Love It – Triumphant Quartet (Daywind)
  6. Eyes On The Prize – Freemans (Goldenvine)
  7. Down East Boys - Cross Still StandsFar Down The Road – Greenes (ACA)
  8. Austins Bridge – Austins Bridge (Daywind)
  9. Once Upon A Cross – Mark Trammell Trio (Daywind)
  10. The Cross Still Stands – Down East Boys (Crossroads)
  11. Life Is Great And Gettin’ Better – Jeff & Sheri Easter (Daywind)
  12. Get Away Jordan – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Gaither Music)
  13. Real Faith – Brian Free & Assurance (Daywind)
  14. Big Sky – Isaacs (Spring House)
  15. Vocalized – Ball Brothers (Permanent)
  16. Know So Salvation – Legacy Five (Daywind)
  17. ballbrothers2007vocalizedmaxCarry On – Booth Brothers (Custom)
  18. Stages – Talley Trio (Horizon)
  19. Come Eat Bread – Hayes Family (Crossroads)
  20. Hope Is Alive – Crystal River (BSA World)

Listen to a musical mash-up from the (20) best Southern Gospel albums of 2007.  Enjoy!