Wow, it’s hard to believe that it has been a decade since the Y2K scare! As this decade comes to a close, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the songs from the Singing News Top 10 CD from 1999 and compare it to the one that came out this year.
He Made A Change The Cathedrals
I Belive In A Hill Called Mount Calvary The Gaither Vocal Band
In Time, On Time, Every Time Gold City
Trail of Tears The Crabb Family
My Name is Lazarus Greater Vision
I’ll Live Again The Kingsmen
Roll That Burden on Me The McKameys
Shoutin’ Time The Hoppers
One Holy Lamb Poet Voices
King Jesus Won by One
What Salvation’s Done For Me Booth Brothers
Jesus Made A Believer Out Of Me Kingdom Heirs
I Want To Thank You Karen Peck & New River
I Know It Was The Blood The Perrys
Hello After Goodbye Legacy Five
Loving The Lamb Mark Trammell Trio
I Want To Know That You Know Greater Vision
When God Ran The Kingsmen
The Old White Flag Triumphant Quartet
The Rose Inspirations
All You’ll See Is The Clay Primitive Quartet (Bonus track so we won’t mention this in the commentary)
Interestingly there were only 2 groups that were on both releases, Greater Vision and The Kingsmen.
1999 had 6 male quartets, 3 mixed family groups, and 1 trio
2009 had 5 male quartets, 1 mixed family group, and 4 trios (I counted Karen Peck & New River as a trio but I guess they could qualify as a mixed family group as well)
I won’t bother with personnel changes but would like to look at how many groups are still around compared to the 1999 list. The Cathedrals retired, The Crabb Family split into 4 different groups (counting The Bowlings), The Kingsmen name was retired (so the group continued as The Carolina Boys and are known again as The Kingsmen), Poet Voices retired then reformed and folded again, Won by One retired but has recently announced a return. All the groups but one in the 1999 list have had a vocal change so the consistency award goes to The Hoppers.
I hope you enjoyed this look to the past. I’m looking forward to any discussion or observations you might have!