Smack Down!! “Message Of His Coming”

One of the most popular features on Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row in the early days of the blog was a feature, song covers Smack Down.  It has been nearly a year since the last Smack Down.

Today we look at an RE Winsett classic, “Message Of His Coming”.  The Hemphills were the first to record the song on their 1981 album, Good Things.

Today’s battle takes the Goodmans 1982 version (Chosen) and pits it against the recent cover by the Williamsons (Give Them Jesus).  Which version comes out on top.  You decide.

  • Artist:  Goodmans
  • Album:  Chosen
  • Release Year:  1982
  • Featured Vocalists:  Michael English; Sam Goodman

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  • Artist:  Williamsons
  • Album:  Give Them Jesus
  • Release Year:  2018
  • Featured Vocalist:  Karl Rice; Donnie Williamson
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Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #31

Happy Monday.  Lets get the week started by continuing our countdown of the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.

Landing at #31 is the Happy Goodmans, post Howard and Vestal Goodman.  In 1981 Rusty, Sam, Tanya and Johnny Cook joined forces to release Goin’ Higher.

The album garnered several top ten hits, including this top five song penned by Thomas Alexander; “I’ve Already Won The War”.

VOTE: Best Southern Gospel Album Of The 1980’s: Round 3

Today begins voting in round three of the March madness competition in search of the best Southern Gospel album of the 1980’s.

Each reader is allowed ONE VOTE PER DAY.  Polls will be open through Friday (03/30/18).

VOTE: Best Southern Gospel Album Of The 1980’s: Round 2a

Today begins voting in round two of the March madness competition in search of the best Southern Gospel album of the 1980’s.

Each reader is allowed ONE VOTE PER DAY.  Polls will be open through Friday (03/23/18).  Be sure to look for (2) posts today to account for each bracket in round two.

VOTE: Best Southern Gospel Album Of The 1980’s: Bracket 1; Round 1

Today begins voting in round one of the March madness competition in search of the best Southern Gospel album of the 1980’s.

Each reader is allowed ONE VOTE PER DAY.  Polls will be open for one week.  Be sure to look for (4) posts today to account for each bracket in round one.

Top Ten Back Then

Today we go in to the vault and look back 40 years at a top ten back then selection from August 1977.

One of the most popular groups during this era was the Happy Goodman Family.  They clicked off top ten hit after top ten hit during the 1970s.

Landing at #6 on the Southern Gospel radio singles chart in August 1977 was “Wait’ll You See My Brand New Home”.  The song was penned by songwriting legend and group member, Rusty Goodman.

I was always partial to Teddy Huffam and the Gems version from their 1977 recording, That All May Be One.

Other Memorable Moments from August 1977:

  • Radio Shack announced the TRS-80 computer.  Within weeks, thousands were ordered.
  • President Jimmy Carter established the department of energy.
  • The United States and Panama signed the Panama canal zone accord.
  • David Berkowitz was arrested in New York, accused of being the “Son Of Sam” killer.
  • Nolan Ryan strikes out 300 batters for 5th straight year.

The Southern Gospel Notebook: August 1983

Sorry for my absence, but the busyness of life keeps you from your hobbies at times.  So, today I thought I would offer another page from my Southern Gospel notebook.  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.  Today’s post took my notebook entry from August 1983.  These were my twenty favorite songs.  Enjoy!

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

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  James McFall penned the Southern Gospel classic, “Thank God I’m Free”.  Did you know, his children traveled in the early 1990’s as the McFalls.

The group introduced another of James’ hits, “I Still Trust You”.  The McFalls had a top 40 hit with the song.  It would later be recorded by the Dunaways and Isaacs.