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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Nila & Hugh Rose-Just To Walk With Him

I do not know how many albums J. Hugh Rose and his wife Nila released. I continue to look for some in my searches high and low for obscure gems of Pentecostal music. But this collection compiles a good number of tracks from the early days of vinyl. And if there's one great thing about the Harvestime radio ministry, they certainly did keep some of this music preserved.

I believe this was released sometime around 1993 or 1994, but I am not positive. I think the audio quality on this album leaves something to be desired. I did my best to "clean up" the tracks in Audacity. Not exactly pro audio editing techniques, but I feel the end result of what I am sharing with you here is actually an improvement from the original release. Still not as clear as I would hope the music could be but certainly an improvement from the original tracks.

J. (Joseph) Hugh Rose was born November 21st, 1934 in Jewett, Ohio. He served as the indelible announcer of the Harvestime radio ministry for forty years. His music entertained and ministered to many through his time on this planet. His signature songs "The Lord's Prayer" and "Down From His Glory" (a classic  -and a personal favorite of mine- covered by a number of Pentecostal artists) blessed saints at weddings, funerals, church dedications, and at camp meetings.

He did not stray too far from home and pastored in Jewett at the Harrison Hills United Pentecostal Church. He also served on the Ohio District Board and the Board of Education for the United Pentecostal Church.

He passed away on September 23, 2010.

I mentioned that I do not know how many records he released, but I do know of two from images I found online. I will continue to look for these albums and will be sure to share them here, especially if they feature more tracks than what was on this album. He had a record on the Lefevre Sound label and what looks like a cassette album in the 1980's.

The album I bring to you today may not be a Christmas record, but "Down From His Glory" is an amazing Christmas song to celebrate the season!

You can download his wonderful music HERE!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Biggest Gift Goes to Jesus CFC '77

Would it be Christmas without a Christmas For Christ album?

Not that this is a Christmas album, but usually uninformed record shop sellers will put this in their "Christmas" section rather than in the "Christian," "Religious," or "Gospel" sections.

Today, Christmas For Christ is still going, but I am not sure when they stopped putting out records. There are none for sale at the Pentecostal Publishing House.

And I think it is a shame. These compilations are marvelous collections. And I know if there are more, I will be sure to find them and share them here for as many I can find!

Yeah, I don't have a lot to say about the record, but mainly because I wrote more about the ministry last year. I will say the singers chosen for this collection may be the best ever among Pentecostal music. For most of them, I have other records to share by them, so I will write more about those individual singers in later blog posts.

And, wow, I really have some great and rare music to share in the coming year! "Stay tuned" as they say! Some of the most recent records I found even took me by surprise! God is good and I know He helps me find some great stuff to share here!

You can download the holiday greatness HERE!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Clark and Chloe Lott-Grace So Amazing

Anybody who has been reading my blog for a while now knows I typically share older vintage Pentecostal music. That's not to say I do not have more current music or will never share it. But let's admit it: there's something about the old time gospel songs, isn't there?

So today I share something a bit more modern but still hearkening to the classics of the past. This album comes from 1994. This is one of the favorite treasures of my collection. The new songs presented here feel like old standards, but they are all written by Rev. Lott and his wife. Kevin McManus produced the record and no doubt his technical and musical expertise brought out the amazing results we hear here. This isn't just studio music. You can feel the Spirit of God permeate these tracks and no doubt they brought church to the recording the studio the days they recorded these songs.

If his name is not familiar, Kevin has produced countless albums for the United Pentecostal Church, but he may be most recognizable for his work with The McGruders. He has also worked with Bill and Gloria Gaither, The Melody Boys, Gold City, The Kingsmen, JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, among so many others. He may be to southern gospel music what George Martin was to the Beatles.

Rev. Lott is from the Calvary Tabernacle church in Trinity, TX. His roots in the district go back to the 1950's when, as a young man, he recalls placing ceiling joists in the first tabernacle at the United Pentecostal Campground in the Texas District. He also serves as a board of trustees member for the Urshan Graduate School of Theology.

Those are the few tidbits about his ministry I've been able to find online. What's less known is about his music. Is this album his first? It seems hard to believe, but who knows? If he devoted his life to the ministry instead and never recorded his songs before, that is possible. If you know of any earlier records by him, please let me know.

In the meantime, it's my delight to bring this treasure to you today. Already going on 23 years old but it's as timeless as the day it was released. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ship Ahoy!

There are records in the history of the United Pentecostal Church that were released simply to raise money for one cause or another. This record was released to raise money for the UPC headquarters in St. Louis and to help with a new facility to meet the needs of a great generation. That's as the indelible Rev. Stanley Chambers states it on the introduction to this landmark record.

The names here are an unbeatable who's who of the United Pentecostal Church in the early days of their foray into music media. Rev. Stanley Chambers is the fearless leader here. The United Pentecostal Church was formed on Sept 24th, 1945 when it was voted that Pentecostal Church International and the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ would join and become the United Pentecostal Church. Rev. Chambers became the first general secretary of the UPC in 1955.

This record raised money to help fund the famous world headquarters of the church in St. Louis, where it would remain until 2015 when the decision was made to sell the building and move. The move in 2015 was due to space concerns, a declining neighborhood, and the higher costs of maintaining an aging building.

Other names of note here:

Thomas and Sue Jackson wrote The Acts of the Apostles for the Pentecostal Publishing House in 1970. The book served as a youth study guide.

Cleveland M. Becton (CM Becton) is famously known as being one of the great voices of Harvestime Radio, though he held several positions in the United Pentecostal Church over the years, including general secretary from 1982-1998. Though most of his ministry was not musical, he had a great interest in music at an early age. He learned how to play piano when he was ten years old. Then he picked up the accordion and played both instruments in church. When he was 15 years old, he played with The Stamps Quartette. That was until, in 1945, he decided that was not the life for him and he went to the first year of The Pentecostal Bible Institute in Tupelo, MS. The rest, as they say, is history.

If you don't recognize the name J.R. Ensey, I will say thank you for visiting my blog to learn more about the history of the United Pentecostal Church. I take it you're new to the church, and that's great! If you recognize his name, well...I really don't need to say more. His books should fill the library of any scholarly Pentecostal student. It would take too long to note all his accomplishments and contributions to the church, but mostly in books. This is a rare audio recording of his music.

The same can also be said of Daniel Segraves. This is the first album I've seen where he's made music. Before I found this record, I only knew him as an author.

Donna Fisher, and her husband Donald Fisher, went on to work at the Jackson College of Ministries. Her husband served as vice-president. Of course, this is where Lanny Wolfe led the college choir and released some of the most amazing United Pentecostal records, either as a trio, the college choir, or more. She also worked in the Youth Department, Foreign Missions, and for the Word Aflame Press. After leaving JCM, she and her husband went to the Conquerors Bible College in Portland, OR, where they served as president of the school.

You can download or stream this wonderful piece of Pentecostal history HERE.