Song Hall Of Fame: “I Never Shall Forget The Day”

Hall of Fame (350x202)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 dates back to 1937, or that is at least when the song was published.  “I Never Shall Forget The Day” was written by George Speer, patriarch of the Speer Family.

The earliest recording of the song, on LP, was 1958 on the Speer Family’s Skylite recording, Golden Anniversary.

“I Never Shall Forget The Day” has become a Southern Gospel classic and became a major live concert song for the Hinsons in the 1970’s.

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

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 3; 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.

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.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #38

Continuing the countdown of the best Southern Gospel radio songs of 1980s finds us at #38.

The Hinsons had already established themselves as one of the best groups in the industry, during the 1970’s.  Giving listeners classics like “Camp Meeting Days”, “Hallelujah Meetin”, “That I Could Still Go Free”, “Touch Of The Master’s Strong Hand” and “You Can’t Hold Back The Dawning” to name a few.

But the group’s first #1 song on the Southern Gospel radio singles chart wouldn’t come until July 1982 with, “God’s Gonna Do The Same For You And Me”.  The song was found on the Hinsons 1981 Calvary Records release, Bubblin’.

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**

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**

Summer Vacation And A Found Notebook

This post will be the last until Monday July 17th, as this boy heads out on summer vacation.

As I was doing some cleaning this past week I came across a box in the garage with several notebooks I hadn’t seen in years.  When I was a kid, I used to pull out all my favorite record albums and play my favorite songs, acting like Mr DJ.

In July 1982, I started writing down my 20 favorite songs every month.  I kept up with this every month through December 1994.  It brought back memories when I was a youngster and showed me just how much Southern Gospel music impacted my life as a young boy, into my teen years.

So, I thought as I am away on vacation I would share with you what those 20 favorite songs were that I wrote down in July 1982.  The music is found on the sidebar of the website.  Now that I found these notebooks, expect more of these personal features going forward.