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Bessemer [Alabama] Black Gospel Quartets audio tapes

Accession Numbers

89-064

Physical Description

7 audio cassettes           

  • 7 analog audio cassette tapes (TCA-0091A/G)

Dates

1989 October 7-8

Abstract (Descriptive Summary)

These audio tapes record rehearsals, a radio program, and performances of black gospel quartets Four Eagles, Birmingham Sunlights, Shelby County Big Four, Sterling Jubilee Singers, Delta-aires, Silver Queens, and the Fairfield Four.

Access/Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Center-generated and recorded by Bruce Nemerov, audio archivist of the Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University, October 7-8, 1989.

Subject/Index Terms

  • Gospel music--Alabama
  • African Americans--Music
  • Four Eagle Gospel Singers
  • Birmingham Sunlights (Musical group)
  • Shelby County Big Four
  • Sterling Jubilee Singers
  • Delta-Aires (Musical group)

Scope and Content

 Audio tapes (TCA-0091A/B) of rehearsal of Four Eagles (James MacWilliams, Elorzia Coleman, Dell Coleman, Joe Watson, John Lawrence, and John Petty) recorded at the home of John Lawrence, Birmingham, Alabama, October 8, 1989 and of Birmingham Sunlights (Barry Taylor, Steve Taylor, James Alexander, Rickey Spates, and Eddie Washington) recorded at the home of Barry Taylor,   Birmingham, Alabama, October 7, 1989.  Includes brief discussion of P.L. Duncan and the Princely Players with gospel music researcher Doug Seroff.  

Audio tape (TCA-0091C) of radio program by the Four Eagles broadcast over WENN, Birmingham, Alabama, October 8, 1989.   Audio tapes of performance on October 8, 1989 at AFL-CIO Hall, Bessemer, Alabama, by Four Eagles, Shelby County Big Four, Sterling Jubilee Singers, Delta-aires, Silver Queens, the Fairfield Four, and the Birmingham Sunlights.  Includes invocation and exhortation by Deacon Walter Sanders; presentation of the key to the city to the Fairfield Four; and comments by the Birmingham Sunlights on their African tour.  

Audio tape logs, including a list of all songs performed, made by audio archivist Bruce Nemerov are available in paper form in the Center’s reading room. Please contact Center staff for more information.

Arrangement

Audio tapes are arranged by tape number.

Location

Tapes filed by tape number with other audio visual archival materials.  

Description

7 analog cassette audio tapes (TCA-0091A/G) of the Four Eagles' (James MacWilliams, Elorzia Coleman, Dell Coleman, Joe Watson, John Lawrence and John Petty) rehearsal and the Birmingham Sunlights (Barry Taylor, Steve Taylor, James Alexander, Rickey Spates and Eddie Washington). Includes a brief discussion of P. L. Duncan and the Princely Players with gospel music researcher Doug Seroff. Audio logs prepared by Bruce Nemerov include information on performers and the title/description of the music prepared.

Related Materials

 For earlier performances by these two groups, see “Sterling Jubilee Singers/Birmingham Sunlights Collection” (audio tapes and transcript, 89-034).

Publisher

Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University

Subject(s)

African-American entertainers, Gospel music, Sound recordings

Creators

Nemerov, Bruce

Authors

Four Eagles, MacWilliams, James, Coleman, Elorzia, Coleman, Dell, Watson, Joe, Lawrence, John, Petty, John, Birmingham Sunlights, Taylor, Barry, Taylor, Steve, Alexander, James, Spates, Rickey, Washington, Eddie, Seroff, Doug, Saunders Walter Deacon, Mohl, Augustus, Shelby County Big Four, Sterling Jubilee Singers, Delta-Aires, Silver Queens, Fairfield Four

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