Sunday, July 01, 2007
Farewell to "The Boss"
Bill Moss & The Celestials - Keep On Using Me Jesus
As promised, today's selection is in tribute to gospel's Bill Moss, who passed away at age 76 this past week. As I mentioned in my post on Tuesday, Moss and his group, The Celestials, did a lot to bring a contemporary sound to the genre (his family pointed out in interviews this week that he helped bring the electric piano, for instance, into gospel), but he never lost the "good news" focus and worked all the way up until his health failed him. Today's selection comes from the great comp Repent Ye Funky Heathens, and it finds Moss and the group taking a page from Bill Withers' "Use Me" to create a statement of total dedication to God. RIP Bill, and thank you for bringing some "get down" to the gospel for which today's gospel artists should be thankful.