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Sunday Sounds – The Blind Boys Of Alabama

Today’s Sunday Sounds features the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama and their version if the iconic “Amazing Grace”.

Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn written by English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807) published in 1779. With a message that forgiveness and redemption is possible regardless of the sins people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, “Amazing Grace” is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world, it is estimated that it is performed 10 million times a year.

This particular version taken from a Daytrotter Session, recorded on the 29th March 2010, departs slightly from the norm as the song is sung to the tune “House Of The Rising Sun” which is very much regarded as being an american traditional folk song, also known as “Rising Sun Blues”.  Alan Price of The Animals who had the biggest hit version of the songs has often claimed that the song was originally a sixteenth-century English folk song about a Soho brothel, and that English emigrants took the song to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans setting.

“Amazing Grace” – The Blind Boys of Alabama

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June 13, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Gospel, Old Music | | Leave a comment

The Blind Boys Of Alabama

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The Blind Boys Of Alabama popped un on my shuffle play last night thus giving me the idea to post about them.

The Blind Boys of Alabama are a gospel group from Alabama that first formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind at Talladega, Alabama in 1939. The three main vocalists of the group and their drummer/percussionist are all blind.

As of 2008, they continue to tour nationally and internationally, with Jimmy Carter singing lead vocals. In 2006, Clarence Fountain, the group’s former long-time lead vocalist and founding member limited his touring for health reasons. Another founding member, George Scott, died on March 9, 2005 at the age of 75.

Releases by the group in recent years have been favorites at the Grammy Awards—they won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album every year between 2002 to 2005. The Blind Boys of Alabama were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

It was their 2001 album “Spirit Of The Century” that was my gateway to their music.

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From this album here is their take on a great Blind Willie Johnson song

“Nobody’s Fault But Mine” – The Blind Boys Of Alabama

To buy the music of The Blind Boys Of Alabama click HERE

October 21, 2009 Posted by | Blues, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

   

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