Annotation

The wedding of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, recorded live in front of more than 20,000 people (Griffith Stadium, Washington, DC, July 3, 1951), is one of the most extraordinary sound document in the history of Gospel.

Annotation last modified on 2011-12-16 10:02 .

Tracklist

CD 1: 1951
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Let the Lower Lights Be Burning
Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Rosette Gospel Singers 3:16
2 There's a Fountain Filled With Blood
Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Rosette Gospel Singers 2:28
3 What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Rosette Gospel Singers 2:55
4 Amazing Grace
Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Rosette Gospel Singers 3:26
5 I Want Jesus to Walk Around My Bedside (Before I Die)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight acc. Sam Price Trio 2:50
6 Royal Telephone
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight acc. Sam Price Trio 2:40
7 Milky White Way
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight acc. Sam Price Trio 3:30
8 His Eye Is on the Sparrow
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight acc. Sam Price Trio 3:28
9 Wedding ceremony of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Russell Morrison: Announcements / Because
John Massey, Frances May White / Vivian Cooper 4:29
10 Wedding ceremony of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Russell Morrison: Marriage Prologue & Benediction / Prayer
Rev. Samuel Kelsey / Bishop Wells 5:11
11 Wedding ceremony of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Russell Morrison: Wedding Ceremony, Parts 1 & 2
Rev. Samuel Kelsey, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Russell Morrison 7:14
12 Wedding ceremony of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Russell Morrison: Gospel Train
The Sunset Harmonizers of Washington, DC 3:15
13 Wedding ceremony of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Russell Morrison: Thank You Jesus
The Harmonizing Four of Richmond 4:20
14 Wedding ceremony of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Russell Morrison: God Don't Like It
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Rosette Gospel Singers 3:59
15 Wedding ceremony of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Russell Morrison: So High!
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Rosette Gospel Singers 3:58
CD 2: 1952-1953
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Come Unto Me
Sister Rosetta Tharpe acc. James Roots Quartet 2:35
2 Have a Little Talk With Jesus
Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Red Foley acc. James Roots Quartet 2:00
3 Tell Him You Saw Me
Sister Rosetta Tharpe acc. James Roots Quintet 2:46
4 When I First Sought the Lord Changes
Sister Rosetta Tharpe acc. James Roots Quintet 2:29
5 The Last Mile of the Way
Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Anita Kerr Singers acc. James Roots Quintet 3:05
6 There'll Be Peace in the Valley for Me
Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Anita Kerr Singers acc. James Roots Quintet 3:06
7 Near the Cross
Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Anita Kerr Singers acc. James Roots Quintet 2:58
8 In the Garden
Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Anita Kerr Singers acc. James Roots Quintet 2:41
9 Let's Talk About Jesus
Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Southwinds acc. James Roots Quartet 2:44
10 Old Landmark
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight acc. James Roots Quintet 2:22
11 Pressing On
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight acc. James Roots Quintet 2:27
12 Never Let Go His Hand
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight acc. James Roots Quintet 2:32
13 All Alone With Christ the Lord
Sister Rosetta Tharpe acc. James Roots Quintet 2:53
14 Let's Go On
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight acc. James Roots Quintet 2:26
15 I'll Met You Over Yonder
Sister Rosetta Tharpe acc. James Roots Quintet 2:47
16 How Well Do I Remember?
Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Southwinds acc. James Roots Quintet 3:02
17 I Just Couldn't Be Contented
Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Southwinds acc. James Roots Quintet 2:08
18 Crying in the Chapel
Sister Rosetta Tharpe acc. Kelly Owens Quartet 2:28
19 There's Peace in Korea
Sister Rosetta Tharpe acc. Kelly Owens Quartet 2:21
20 Feed Me Jesus
Sister Rosetta Tharpe acc. Kelly Owens Quartet 3:06
21 Smile It Through
Sister Rosetta Tharpe acc. Kelly Owens Quartet 2:40

Credits

CD 1: 1951

bass guitar:
Abie Baker (tracks 5–8)
membranophone:
Herbert Cowans (jazz drummer) (tracks 5–8)
[unknown] (Special Purpose Artist - Do not add releases here, if possible.) (tracks 12–15)
organ:
Larry Johnson (gospel organist) (tracks 1–4)
[unknown] (Special Purpose Artist - Do not add releases here, if possible.) (tracks 9–11, 14–15)
guitar:
[unknown] (Special Purpose Artist - Do not add releases here, if possible.) (tracks 12–13)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (tracks 5–8, 14–15)
piano:
Sammy Price (jazz/blues/boogie pianist) (tracks 5–8)
[unknown] (Special Purpose Artist - Do not add releases here, if possible.) (tracks 10, 14–15)
additional composer:
arranger:
Elvis Presley (track 7)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1939-01) (track 14)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1951-07) (track 15)
choir vocals:
Richmond's Harmonizing Four (Vocal group) (track 13)
The Rosette Gospel Singers (female vocal group) (tracks 1–4, 14–15)
The Sunset Harmonizers of Washington, DC (Vocal group) (track 12)
composer:
C.H. Gabriel (track 8)
Lowell Mason (track 2)
[anonymous] (Special Purpose Artist) (track 4)
Guy d’Hardelot (track 9)
John Chamberlain (track 12)
Charles Crozat Converse (1868) (track 3)
Philip Paul Bliss (1871) (track 1)
lead vocals:
Vivian Cooper (1950s vocalist) (track 9)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (tracks 1–4, 14–15)
lyricist:
John Chamberlain (track 12)
William Cowper (English poet) (track 2)
C.D. Martin (track 8)
John Newton (English poet) (track 4)
Edward F. Lockton (track 9)
Frank Teschemacher (track 9)
Joseph Medlicott Scriven (1855) (track 3)
Philip Paul Bliss (1871) (track 1)
spoken vocals:
Rev. Samuel Kelsey (Priest) (tracks 10–11)
John Massey (Participant of Sister Rosetta Tharpe wedding ceremony) (track 9)
Russell Morrison (Husband of Sister Rosetta Tharpe) (track 11)
Bishop Wells (Priest) (track 10)
Frances May White (Participant of Sister Rosetta Tharpe wedding ceremony) (track 9)
vocals:
Marie Knight (US gospel/R&B vocalist) (tracks 5–8)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (tracks 5–8)
writer:
Landers Coleman (track 7)
R. H. Harris (track 5)
Thermon Ruth (track 6)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 4, 14–15)
publisher:
Rokstone Music Ltd (track 4)
Universal Classics & Jazz (Japanese company - read the annotation before using!) (track 4)
Universal Music Publishing Group Japan (work publisher - do NOT use as a release label) (track 4)
Warner/Chappell Music (logo subtitle: "A Global Music Publishing Company") (track 9)
arrangements:
Amazing Grace (Mark O’Connor arrangement) (track 4)
Amazing Grace (Mullaney and Abbott's arrangement of the hym, ~1972) (track 4)
Amazing Grace (arr. Daniel Lanois) (track 4)
Amazing Grace (arrangement by Himes of the hymn, for brass band) (track 4)
Amazing Grace (for wind ensemble, Maldonado) (track 4)
Amazing Grace (Ernie Rettino/Debby Kerner Rettino arrangement) (track 4)
Amazing Grace (John Rutter's arrangement of the popular hymn) (track 4)
Amazing Grace (Keith McCutchen's ~2005 arrangement of the hymn) (track 4)
Because (track 9)
Get on Board Little Children (arrangement from “The Spiritual Medley”) (track 12)
Gospel Train (arrangement for cellos) (track 12)
There Is a Fountain (4Him arrangement) (track 2)
What a Friend We Have in Jesus (Sid Feller and Joe Guercio arrangement/'adaptation', recorded by some artists incl. Jim Nabors, The Supremes) (track 3)
アメイジング・グレイス (Flute Ensemble Triptyque arrangement) (track 4)
is the basis for:
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (track 4)
Amazing Grace (Jonathan Richman’s version) (track 4)
Grace Like Rain (track 4)
When This Lousy War Is Over (set to the tune of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus") (track 3)
仁愛的心 (track 4)
later parody versions:
later translated versions:
later versions:
Amazing Grace (Heinz Gietz's arrangement of the hymn, ~1979) (track 4)
Amazing Grace (incl. 4th verse by Beecher-Stowe) (track 4)
live recording of:
Because (1951-07-03) (track 9)
God Don't Like It (1951-07-03) (track 14)
So High! (1951-07-03) (track 15)
Thank You Jesus (1951-07-03) (track 13)
The Gospel Train (1951-07-03) (track 12)
recording of:
Amazing Grace (popular hymn first published 1779, catch-all) (1951-02-21) (track 4)
His Eye Is on the Sparrow (1951-02-21) (track 8)
Let the Lower Lights Be Burning (1951-02-21) (track 1)
Milky White Way (1951-02-21) (track 7)
Royal Telephone (1951-02-21) (track 6)
There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood (1951-02-21) (track 2)
What a Friend We Have in Jesus (1951-02-21) (track 3)
referred to in medleys:
Waarheen, waarvoor (Mieke Telkamp song) (track 4)

CD 2: 1952-1953

bass guitar:
Bob Moore (U.S. bassist and bandleader) (tracks 1–4)
Ernie Newton (contrabassist) (tracks 5–17)
Johnny Williams (jazz bassist) (tracks 18–21)
membranophone:
Gene Brooks (1950s jazz drummer) (tracks 18–21)
Farris Coursey (tracks 1–4, 9–17)
organ:
Alfred Miller (jazz organist) (tracks 5–8)
Kelly Owens (Organist) (tracks 18–21)
guitar:
Jack Shook (tracks 3–8, 10–17)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (tracks 1, 4, 10, 15–17, 19, 21)
electric guitar:
Grady Martin (country/rockabilly guitarist) (tracks 1–17)
piano:
Fletcher Smith (Pianist) (tracks 18–21)
James Roots (jazz pianist, organist) (tracks 1–17)
choir vocals:
Anita Kerr Singers (Mixed vocal group) (tracks 5–8)
The Southwinds (Male vocal quartet) (tracks 9, 16–17)
composer:
William H. Doane (track 7)
Charles Austin Miles (1912) (track 8)
Thomas A. Dorsey (gospel musician aka "Georgia Tom") (1937) (track 6)
Artie Glenn (1953) (track 18)
lead vocals:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (tracks 1, 3–9, 13, 15–21)
lyricist:
Frances J. Crosby (track 7)
Charles Austin Miles (1912) (track 8)
Thomas A. Dorsey (gospel musician aka "Georgia Tom") (1937) (track 6)
Artie Glenn (1953) (track 18)
vocals:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (tracks 2, 10–12, 14)
Red Foley (track 2)
Marie Knight (US gospel/R&B vocalist) (tracks 10–12, 14)
writer:
M. Asher (track 20)
A. C. Littlefield (track 9)
Don Robey (track 9)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 1, 11, 14)
[unknown] (Special Purpose Artist - Do not add releases here, if possible.) (tracks 2–3, 12, 15–17, 19)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1952-01) (track 4)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1952-12) (track 13)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1953-07) (tracks 20–21)
publisher:
Mijac Music (track 18)
cover recording of:
In the Garden (1952-01-11) (track 8)
Peace in the Valley (1952-01-11) (track 6)
Crying in the Chapel (1953-07-27) (track 18)
is the basis for:
Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross (Heritage Singers arrangement) (track 7)
later translated versions:
Cesta rájem (track 18)
recording of:
Come Unto Me (1952-01-10) (track 1)
Have a Little Talk With Jesus (1952-01-10) (track 2)
Tell Him You Saw Me (1952-01-10) (track 3)
When I First Sought the Lord Changes (1952-01-10) (track 4)
Near the Cross (1952-01-11) (track 7)
The Last Mile of the Way (1952-01-11) (track 5)
Let's Talk About Jesus (1952-03-05) (track 9)
All Alone With Christ the Lord (1952-12-06) (track 13)
Never Let Go His Hand (1952-12-06) (track 12)
Old Landmark (1952-12-06) (track 10)
Pressing On (1952-12-06) (track 11)
How Well Do I Remember? (1952-12-07) (track 16)
I Just Couldn't Be Contented (1952-12-07) (track 17)
I'll Met You Over Yonder (1952-12-07) (track 15)
Let's Go On (1952-12-07) (track 14)
Feed Me Jesus (1953-07-27) (track 20)
Smile It Through (1953-07-27) (track 21)
There's Peace in Korea (1953-07-27) (track 19)