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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Galileans-Songs by the Galileans


This may be one of the first vocal groups known to cut a record in the history of Pentecostal music. I by no means am saying it is the first, but I do not know of any others at this time.

However, they are often attributed to being the "original" Galileans. There have been other bands to call themselves The Galileans. I guess copyrighting and trademarking names for Gospel groups was not considered in the early days of vinyl releases. This unfortunately makes it hard to come across records by the true originals. I happened upon this copy because the seller had another Pentecostal record I was interested in. I figured if they have one then go through the rest of their inventory-somebody may have traded in more! And sure enough, I found this!

Mary Jo Glass is the indelible "accompanist" for the group. I think she's the backbone of the group. It's simple enough music-piano and harmonies provided by Don Hudgeons, Wayne Jetton, Larry Estes, and Eddie Robinson. But let's face it: those guys wouldn't be that much to listen to if it wasn't for Sister Glass' contribution to this music. She also joins in the vocals!

Mary is, of course, the wife of Rev. Charles Glass of the First Pentecostal Church of Sherman, TX. She started playing piano at age 11 and singing solos in her father's church. In 1952 she married Rev. Glass and they went to the Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, MN.  After evangelizing for some years, they located to Sherman, TX, founded the First Pentecostal Church (now just First Church) and The (original) Galileans grew from there.

Don (or Louis Donald-he apparently went by his middle name) Hudgeons was born May 1, 1930. He went to be with the Lord Jan 21, 2011. He was a trustee and board member of the First Church for 40 years, a Sunday School superintendent, worked in construction, and helped with several community projects through Tatchio & Associates.

Larry Estes, born Aug 31, 1944, died on November 3, 2015. He was a lifetime member of the First Church. He was a director of the music department and also served on the Board of Trustees. He was a youthful 16 years old when he founded The Galileans. According to his obituary, they were the first to record a long play record ever in the United Pentecostal church. Apparently, they released four records.

I am sad to say there's nothing I can find about Eddie Robinson or Wayne Jetton.

This is a great historical record. I am not sure if this was their debut record or what year it was released. The faithful reader of this blog may wonder why I did not include a picture of the back cover. The simple answer is the back cover is just pure white. No text at all. No year at all printed on the album jacket or the record label. And because there are other bands called The Galileans (I even purchased one hoping it would turn out to be the venerable UPC quartet, but it was not), finding the true original band is a bit harder in the Internet age when these records are not chronicled and catalogued very well.

Well, here is hoping I help change that! Here is one of four! It is a start! Onward and upward to find the rest!

Download and enjoy HERE!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Ev. Albert R. Skaggs & The Silence Sisters-Old Time Pentecost


Most records I come across have very little information on the back covers. This one may be the total opposite. There's a wonderful background bio for the Evangelist Albert R. Skaggs to start. Rev. Skaggs also lists the names of everybody involved.

The "Silence Sisters" are his wife (Carolyn Skaggs) and Vickie Silence. I note that Ernest Silence is the point of contact for record orders.

Since a lot of information is already available on the back cover for you to read, I would like to mention that Rev. Skaggs sadly passed away on March 14th, 2014 at age 69.  He was a licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church for 45 years. His credits include starting out as an assistant pastor at the Brownstown First Pentecostal Church in Indiana. He was a foreign missions ambassador out of The Tabernacle in Seymour, IN. He also served on the board for the Urshan Graduate School of Theology in St. Louis, MO.

He owned several construction companies, provided jobs to many, and invented the Turtl Access Crawl Space System. This enabled him to come up with the Church In A Day program, which helped construct multiple churches across North America.

His obituary, unfortunately, does not talk about his contribution to Pentecostal music. So that's where I step in. Lest we forget all this wonderful man contributed to his journey through this strange land, here is at least one of his albums I've been fortunate to come across. And try searching for his music online...search engines think you've made a mistake and will pull up results for Ricky Skaggs.

Even the page on Amazon.com, where I found this album, is gone.

So here, restored digitally and preserved for future generations to find, is a great classic album of strong Pentecostal music that the Internet has forgotten. Lest we forget...

Download and enjoy HERE.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Denny Family-Be of Good Cheer


First off, I apologize for not posting on here sooner. I really tried to get this record ready to share towards the end of August, but this turned out to be a bit of a hard record to transfer to digital. Skips and pops make for a much more time consuming transfer time, especially when I have to re-record tracks that skipped and literally keep my finger beside the needle to keep it from skipping again. Then I have to "splice" the best parts together in my editing program.  Then there's removing excessive pops and clicks.  The process can take up to an hour per song, depending on the quality of the recording.

Then there were car problems...but I won't get into that! But just some general over all life stuff happened. So, if you're wondering if I am still going to keep this blog going, the answer is a firm YES, expect a lot more! I have stacks of wax to share! Hopefully, this blog continues for years upon years, should the Lord tarry, and this becomes a reference point for many Pentecostal records.

Up today is The Denny Family trying to be of good cheer. Oh, the cover...what can I say about that cover? I have to be honest: It was the cover that drew me to this record. I was searching "family" on "Religious and Devotional" records on Ebay and saw this. My spider-sense told me it was Pentecostal and it had an image of the back cover. I saw "United Pentecostal Church" on the back cover and SOLD!

This is a cover that likely would be on a "bad cover" website. It looks like it could be the poster art for the classic Nicholas Ray movie, Bigger Than Life. The poor kids look less than of good cheer, at the very least! Of course, we all know this family was a very loving and good family, and a strong standing pillar in the Pentecostal community. Here they are in 2009 truly in good cheer and still sharing music:


Now, Rev Carl Denny has since gone to be with the Lord. He passed away on February 16th, 2012. Here is a memorial video honoring his life.
The record notes indicate that Rev. Denny was a pastor of Walnut Ridge, AR.  A quick Internet search uncovers a fun fact: He started his ministry with the 1st United Pentecostal Church of Kennett, Missouri.

A great musical legacy has come from that church.  It started in the 1930s when pastor J.A. Nochta formed what is allegedly the first choir formed in the Pentecostal church (hey, their website says so!) and he also formed a music school. I probably do not know the full depth of all the music that has come from that church, and maybe never will, but I sure will try to find out! For now, I know of The Denny's, Mac and Norman Luna, and (of course) Rev. Carroll McGruder and all the music he was involved in.

I do not know Rev. Denny made any other records than this. I would have to suspect yes, especially given the rich musical legacy that has come from the Kennett, MO church.

This record came from the Christian Record Club. Oh, look at the classic records on the back cover! I was very fortunate enough to find a copy of Vesta Mangun's A Little Light after I came across this record.  I need to find out more about this record club and their releases! I really need to find a copy of Murrell Ewing's record "Out of the Depths." (If you are reading this and have a copy in great condition, send me a message on my Facebook page or email me!)

Another notable thing about this record, even if minor...notice how the track numbers are listed on the back cover? Side two doesn't start over with track one. I found that to be just a little interesting, but that could be because I am a record collecting nerd and have not noticed that kind of thing before.

One last thing, and I may bring this up in the future. I notice that I am running lower and lower each month on free digital downloads on Bandcamp. I get 200 free downloads per month. I never thought it would be an issue. It seems as more people find out about this blog, the more people are downloading, which is great! And I think seeing this blog become more popular is a welcome problem to have! But what should I do if I run out of free downloads? Start charging per download instead? Even if it's just like a dime? I am not in this to make money, as anybody knows. I toyed with the idea of donating any proceeds from sales to a charity, but really was not sure about the legalities of that and tax reporting purposes and all that. So let me know in the comments or by email or on Facebook...keep the downloads free or start charging if this site becomes more popular? If we run out of free downloads for the month, people can still stream the music. But I would hate to see anybody not able to download it. It's kind of a hard choice to make. Let me know what you all think!

This is a great record! And it's been lovingly digitally restored to bring to you today. Please enjoy it HERE!