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14:27

Marion Williams Avoided Secular Music and Became a Gospel Legend

On this, the Christmas archive show, we feature an interview with the late Marion Williams -- one of the greatest gospel singers of her generation. She refused to sing secular music even though she was offered lots of money to do so. She influenced such singers as Little Richard and Aretha Franklin.

23:48

The Holmes Brothers: The Fresh Air Concert

Fresh Air Terry Gross's most pressing question for the blues and gospel group is, Why hasn't she heard of them before? For over twenty years, the real life brothers Sherman and Wendell, along with bandmate Popsy Dixon, have performed soulful, vocal-driven music. Their new album is called In the Spirit.

24:01

The Holmes Brothers: The Fresh Air Concert

Fresh Air Terry Gross's most pressing question for the blues and gospel group is, Why hasn't she heard of them before? For over twenty years, the real life brothers Sherman and Wendell, along with bandmate Popsy Dixon, have performed soulful, vocal-driven music. Their new album is called In the Spirit.

41:02

The Dixie Hummingbirds' New Frontman

Ira Tucker will replace founder James Davis as the lead singer of the long-running gospel group. The ensemble inspired the vocal styles of several secular soul and R&B singers. Tucker talks about keeping the faith while on the road.

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