Hidden Gems: Blackwood Brothers – “Give Us This Day”
June 4, 2008 6 Comments
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.