Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Soul (Gospel) of the Movement: A Prayer for Peace

The Dixie Hummingbirds - Our Prayer for Peace

Before the Blind Boys of Alabama became the premiere veteran gospel group in the public sphere, that honor was held by the Dixie Hummingbirds. Their longevity in the business (over 60 years) and the classic recordings featuring leads James Walker and Ira Tucker brought them much acclaim from the gospel and secular worlds, culminating in their joining Paul Simon on "Loves Me Like a Rock" (which they recorded on their own in 1973, scoring an R&B hit). Today's selection is a live version of their '60s meditation on racial equality.

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