May 13, 2013 4 Comments
I was completely surprised during our Sunday morning service yesterday. Since October, I’ve served as our church pianist, so I was sitting at the piano yesterday ready to start playing for our “Prelude”/”Meet and Greet”/”Organized Chaos” time, when I was called to the pulpit along with one of my fellow deacons. It turns out Curtis had been going through some boxes of records from his parents’ house over the weekend. I was then presented with this:
What you are looking at is an album with six 78 rpm records of The Blackwood Brothers, on the old Blackwood Brothers Quartet label. A little research has shown that these records are from 1949, when the group was still based in Shenandoah, Iowa. Personnel were Dan Huskey – Tenor, James Blackwood – Lead, RW Blackwood – Baritone, Bill Lyles – Bass, and Jackie Marshall – Piano. Here is the label of one of the albums:
The songs contained in this album are:
Only A Look/Hide Me In Thy Bosom
Peace Like A River/Joy, Joy
Over The Moon/Do You Know Him
There’s A God Somewhere/What Could I Do
My Desire/Working On The Building
The last record contains two songs per side, but is unfortunately broken. It has:
Side A: The Old Time Faith Is What We Need/How About You
Side B: Is He Satisfied/Amazing Grace
Anyone out there ever been able to successfully repair a broken 78? I’d thought about trying some epoxy, or even some super glue. I’d love to be able to repair it, even if only long enough to create a digital copy of the recording.
The album cover and pages are in excellent shape, and with the exception of the last album, the records look to be in excellent condition as well. I can’t tell you what it means to me that Curtis would give me this treasure, and I know he reads the blog, so for the 3000th time in the last 24 hours, thank you so much! Once I successfully get these converted to digital, I’ll update you readers on how they sound, and give you some thoughts on this stunning piece of SG history.