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?:  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.

Best Album Openers: “Home”

Lets start a new week by taking a look at another of Southern Gospel’s best album openers.

That opening song on an album sets the tone for the entire recording.  It is even more important when the artist is recording a live album.

This week’s best album opener comes from the Singing Americans’s highly acclaimed 1984 live recording, Live And Alive.  Michael English first recorded this song when performing with the Goodmans.  They were the first to record the song in 1982 (Chosen).

“Home” sets the tone for the rest of the album, which many historians rank as one of the best Southern Gospel albums ever recorded.  The song was a collaboration from the pens of Rusty Goodman, Tanya Goodman Sykes and Aaron Wilburn.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

english-300x300DID YOU KNOW?:  Michael English began his singing career in the 1970’s with his parents and siblings as the Singing Samaritans.  He would sing with them until joining the Singing Americans in 1981.  Southern Gospel listeners know the rest of the story.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Southern Gospel pianist James Rainey was with a half-dozen groups in the span of a decade, most notably the Singing Americans.  I dare my readers to try to name all of those groups that James was at one time a member.  Beyond his rotation on the piano bench, James was also a songwriter.  His biggest hit was the title track to the Singing Americans 1989 recording; Angels On Board.

*Video Credit (Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row)

Ten On Ten (Redux) – Singing Americans

singingamericans1981hymntime500This week the ten on ten (redux) will re-visit the Singing Americans.  On April 16, 2012, I presented the original ten on ten feature for the Singing Americans highlighting the group’s ten best albums.  This redux feature will now shine the spotlight on the three lowest ranking albums of the group’s career.  First, the original list highlighting the Singing Americans ten best recordings.

  1. Live And Alive (1984)
  2. Black And White (1985)
  3. On Stage (1992)
  4. Homecoming Live (1987)
  5. Sensational (1982)
  6. The Exciting Sounds (1981)
  7. Watch And Pray (1990)
  8. Wanted Live (1975)
  9. Everybody Ought To Praise His Name (1983)
  10. Hearts Of Praise, Songs Of Majesty (1986)

The lowest ranked albums in the Singing Americans discography are as follows:

  1. Hymntime (1981)
  2. Song Of Praise (1993)
  3. Our Tribute To God And Country  (1973)

Smack Down!! – “Black And White”

thesingingamericans1985This week’s smack down feature highlights the recent cover by Triumphant Quartet of the Singing Americans, “Black And White”.

This Danny Bunnelle/Dave Clark penned tune was originally recorded by the Singing Americans in  1985.  Which version comes out on top.  You decide.

  • Artist – Singing Americans
  • Album – Black And White
  • Release Year – 1985
  • Featured Vocalists – Dwayne Burke (1st Verse)


  • triumphantqt2015harmonymaxArtist – Triumphant Quartet
  • Album – Living In Harmony
  • Release Year – 2015
  • Featured Vocalist – David Sutton (2nd Verse)