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**

Top Ten Back Then

Today we go in to the vault and look at a top ten back then selection from July 1990.

27 years ago this month, the Hoppers were riding high with their first ever #1 song, “Here I Am”.  The song spent four months a top the chart (May to August 1990) and went on to win song of the year.

Songwriter Sylvia Green, who spent her singing career with the Bradys, penned this masterpiece.

Other Memorable Moments from July 1990:

  • Martina Navratilova won the 97th Wimbledon women’s tennis final.
  • Stefan Edberg won the 104th Wimbledon men’s tennis final.
  • Boris Yeltsin quit the Soviet Communist Party.
  • 7.7 earthquake hit the Philippines.
  • Ukraine declared its independence.
  • 77th Tour de France was won by American Greg LeMond.
  • President George HW Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Best Of The Last Decade (2007-2016)

In the ‘ask me anything’ feature, a reader asked me about the last Southern Gospel album I was really excited about.  It got me to thinking about the last decade in Southern Gospel music and the definitive albums released over the last ten years.

During the summer of 2017, I will be giving you my list of the (20) best albums in Southern Gospel music over the last decade.  I will just be printing track listings.  Click on the links to read the original reviews and hear the songs from the recording.

Count Me In (2012) – Hoppers (SpringHill): “Mighty Is The Word”; “That’s What I Love About Him”; “I’ll Take You Home”; “He Didn’t Just Carry The Cross”; “I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About To Happen”; “If I Can Help Somebody”; “Count Me In”; “I’ll Worship Only At The Feet Of Jesus”; “I Am Whatever You Need”; “I Will Serve Him”; “I Wish We’d All Been Ready”.

Living In The Moment (2013) – Beyond The Ashes (Stow Town): “So Amazing To Me”; “Living In The Moment”; “Oh The Thought That Jesus Loves Me”; “No Sin Greater Than God’s Grace”; “Peace In The Midst Of The Storm”; “Walking With My Eyes On Jesus”; “I Can’t Do This By Myself”; “Where The Gold Begins”; “When Love Whispers Your Name”; “Your Love Comes Shining Through”; “Over For Good”.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Roger Fortner, currently with the McKameys, has had a long career dating back to the early 1970’s with the Inspirations.  Roger also spent time with the Singing Americans, Hoppers and the Greenes at one time in his career.  Roger has only showed his singing prowess over the course of the last decade with the McKameys.

2017 Song Of The Year??

I’m back!  One week ago Singing News announced the top ten list for the 2017 edition of the fan awards.  The only category I follow each year is song of the year.

This year’s nominees included:

  1. “Calling” – Karen Peck & New River (#1)
  2. “He Does” – Greater Vision (#3)
  3. “I Love You This Much” – Whisnants (#3)
  4. “If We Ever Gotta Look” – Hoppers (#7)**
  5. “It’s What He’s Done” – Wilburn & Wilburn (#1)**
  6. “Living In The Promised Land” – Triumphant Qt (#3)
  7. “My Father’s House” – Nelons (#7)**
  8. “Never Forsaken” – Tribute Qt (#1)**
  9. “Somebody’s Miracle” – Brian Free & Assurance (#4)
  10. “Still” – Legacy Five (#4)**

As is the case every year, Daywind Records dominated the song category claiming 8 of the 10 nominees.  Above I highlighted the peak spots on the chart as of the announcement.  The ** signifies the five songs deserving of making it to the final round.

Two songs deserving of a top ten spot were, “Home” by Jason Crabb and “He Welcomes The Beggar” by 11th Hour.  What songs did you feel were overlooked this year?

Best Of 2016: #2

isaacsWe are one day away from crowning the best Southern Gospel album and recorded song of 2016.  But, first lets see who claims the runner-up spots.

The Isaacs gave listeners a sixteen song collection this year with the album, Nature’s Symphony In 432.  Much has already been said regarding the tuning used to record the album.  To the average listener, you will not notice any significant difference.

The Isaacs never disappoint when offering listeners new music.  Becky and Sonya have collaborated to write some of the best material of their career.  Ranked 2nd among the best Southern Gospel albums of 2016 is Nature’s Symphony In 432.

The (5) Best Songs From The Album:  (1) “Rocks”, (2) “I Love You More”, (3) “Keep Breathing”, (4) “Dining With The King” and (5) “Lord Of My Heart”.

hoppers-2There has been some great material recorded in 2016.  When I started this annual countdown, I mentioned there were 464 songs found on the 42 albums I reviewed.

When the dust settled, the song ranked 2nd among the best of the year was the Hoppers, “If We Ever Gotta Look”.  It has been a long time since a single song invaded my musical playlists as much as “If We Ever Gotta Look”.

Phil Cross and Tery Wilkins came together to pen this song that will linger for years to come.

Best Of 2016: #3

hoppersFor all those enjoying the week off to celebrate the holidays; thanks for stopping by.  And for all those having to work this week; I see you’re sneaking a peek at work.  Today we honor the album and recorded song ranked 3rd among the best in Southern Gospel music for 2016.

The Hoppers took four years, since Count Me In (2012), to give listeners an album of new music.  2016 also saw the Hoppers pair with Daywind Records to release Life Is Good.

Life Is Good hearkens long time Hoppers listeners back to albums like Power (2000), Great Day (2003) and The Ride (2006).  The Hopper legacy will celebrate 60 years in 2017.

The (5) Best Songs From The Album:  (1) “If We Ever Gotta Look”, (2) “Jesus, The One”, (3) “By And By”, (4) “Grace Will Get To You” and (5) “Song Of Moses”.

debThe Down East Boys proved yesterday why they are one of the best of 2016 when Ransomed ranked 4th among the best albums released this year.

The best up-tempo Southern Gospel quartet song of the year is from the Down East Boys, “One Way, One Name, One Door”.

This song, penned by Roger Duncan, ranks 3rd among the best recorded Southern Gospel songs of 2016.