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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.


Civil Rights and Gospel.

Bernice Johnson Reagon, singer, cultural historian and director of Smithsonian's Program in Black American Culture. Reagon sings contralto with Sweet Honey in the Rock, one of the country's leading a cappella groups. She's been described as a "song shaper and song preserver." In her work with the Smithsonian, Reagon tries to maintain obscure and dying Baptist choral traditions.


Mavis Staples Gets the Full "Prince Treatment."

Soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples. As a member of the Staple singers for more than 30 years, she's had hits like "Respect Yourself," and "I'll Take You There," which went to Number One in the early 70s. Mavis Staples has also made several solo albums during the 70s and 80s. Mavis Staples was featured in Prince's 1988 "Lovesexy" tour, and Prince produced Staples new album, "Time Waits For No One." (Rebroadcast. Original date 6/2/89).


Soul-Turned-Gospel Singer Al Green

Green is one of the greats of soul and gospel music. He's probably best known for his hit, "Let's Stay Together." He'll talk about his secular musical career in light of being a born again Christian.


Gospel Saxophonist Vernard Johnson.

Alto Saxophonist Vernard Johnson. He's best known for his Gospel playing, performing with preachers like, E.V. Hill, Billy Graham, and Bishop L. H. Ford. His saxophone was considered too raucous for the Gospel circuit when he began playing there in the mid-60's, but eventually he became a favorite on the evangelical circuit.


Al Green Discusses His Career and Conversion.

Singer Al Green. Green's one of the greats of soul and gospel music. He's probably best known for his hit, "Let's Stay Together." He'll talk about his musical career, and about his being "born again" as a Christian.(Rebroadcast. Originally aired 6/21/91)


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