Hidden Gems: Blackwood Brothers – “Give Us This Day”

We’re going way back to about 1962 for this hidden gem. This was the title cut from the Blackwood Brothers RCA Camden album. As it is a Camden LP and not a Victor LP, some of the material was previously released (in fact, a couple of the cuts are with Bill Lyles), so I’m really not sure when this song was actually recorded. Some of you readers may be able to educate me here (Dean, John C.??) . I do believe that it is Bill Shaw, James Blackwood, Cecil Blackwood, and JD Sumner singing. This is a slow song, but not really a true ballad. This cut does have some of the smoothest harmony that I’ve ever heard from the Blackwood Brothers. Even JD blends well on this cut, singing a lot of “modern harmony” notes up under the baritone on this song. It is definitely not your typical Blackwood Brothers song, but actually the arrangement is more like the Statesmen, as they were the ones known for the modern harmony and nonstandard chords. If you have this LP, or this song on one of the many compilations that have been released over the years, give this track another listen, it’s a very beautiful cut from one of our all time great quartets.

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6 Responses to Hidden Gems: Blackwood Brothers – “Give Us This Day”

  1. Dean Adkins says:

    The single was on single 6686 along with The Good Book. Late 50’s.

  2. burkesbrainwork says:

    Thanks Dean, I figured you’d know!

  3. JD blended a lot better altogether back then.

  4. John C says:

    I love “Give Us This Day”. Like Dean said, “The Good Book” was the flip side of that record. The Blackwood Brothers used “The Good Book” on the Arthur Godfrey Show when they returned to the show after the death of Bill Lyles and R.W. Blackwood.

    JD always had the ability to blend on those modern harmony numbers. However, much like today, people seemed to enjoy the flash and splash of the low notes and the dive bomb endings instead of great harmony singing. That’s why you see the Blackwoods of that era move toward a more agressive style of singing. Selling records was a top priority.

    Nobody likes it but the people!

  5. Dan Wilkins says:

    This song stands out among smooth harmony songs in all of Southern Gospel music. The chords are very complex, and the level of their performance just adds to the legendary abilities of these guys. They could sing! Not just the big flashy stuff, but also the intricate, tight mellow stuff. Yes, even JD!

  6. Rick says:

    I also have often been struck by the unique beauty of the song “Give Us This Day.” (I wish it hadn’t been a “Camden” so I could hear it in stereo!) Another song by the BB that has that beautiful, modern harmony is “He’ll See You Through” on the Live album “On Stage” from 1962. For the past several years I’ve been collecting all of the Blackwood Brothers’ RCA Victor Stereo (not mono) albums from 1959 to 1965. I’m still missing five or so. The folks on this blog seem to be in the know — any good sources for me to check? I don’t need them to be in perfect shape, just in stereo.

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