Gold City’s “Four In The Fire”

I was listening to my iPod on the way home yesterday, and Gold City’s “Four In The Fire” played.  I noticed something in listening to the song, it sounds to me like on the choruses, Ivan Parker is singing both the lead and baritone lines.  I ran this by Brandon, and he said he thought he heard Jerry Ritchie’s voice on the first chorus, but not the subsequent ones.  Has anyone else noticed this?   Gold City recorded this tune on 1985’s Sing With The Angels, which was Ritchie’s last album with the group.  Jerry Ritchie has solo lines on the verses, so he had to have been there for at least some of the recording sessions for this song.

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Your Top 10 SG News Stories of 2008: A Statistical Analysis

Several bloggers have posted their top 10 news stories for the past year, but I thought I’d do something a little different.  Here are the top 10 news stories on this blog, based on the number of views each post received over the past year.

  1. Matt Dibler Leaves The Inspirations
  2. Greg and Charlotte Ritchie Leave Jeff & Sheri Easter
  3. Dottie Rambo Passes Away
  4. Guy Penrod’s Sabbatical from GVB
  5. Jerry Ritchie Passes Away
  6. Bobby All Hospitalized
  7. GVB’s Lovin’ Life Track Listing Released
  8. Monument Quartet Changes
  9. Scott Rogers Departs Crossway
  10. The Segos Controversy

I find this to be quite an interesting list.  There are some surprising inclusions over glaring omissions here.  I would have expected Wilburn to have appeared here, and definitely the GV tenor swap.  However, by a quick count, Kitson’s replacement of Waldroup was down around #18, and I hadn’t even found the GC lead swap yet.  I think this provides an interesting look into what you, the reader, found to be the most interesting news stories.  Also, understand that I didn’t count non-news items (reviews, pure opinion posts, etc.) in this list.  Quite interesting, to say the least.

In Memory: Jerry Ritchie

According to several sources, Jerry Ritchie passed away after a long bout with cancer.  He was the father of Greg Ritchie, who until recently was the drummer for Jeff and Sheri Easter, and father-in-law to Charlotte.  Jerry was the original lead singer with Gold City, and sang lead on their first big hit, “In My Robe Of White”.  My first major SG concert was when I was about 5 years old, and my dad took me to Coonskin Park in Charleston, WV to hear Gold City.  The group at the time was Brian Free, Ivan Parker (who hadn’t been there long), Jerry Ritchie, and Tim Riley.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of grieving.

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