American gospel singer Marion Williams (wiki) performs for a Dutch television special, recorded in Utrecht, November 1962: "Somebody Bigger Than You And I" "Mean Old World" "Take Me To The Water" "It Is Well With My Soul" "I Believe" [more inside]
The best CD I've purchased so far this year is the latest from the Blind Boys of Alabama. this record features superb vocalizing, great bluesy guitar, and a Sones(!) and Tom Waits(!!) cover. In an age where "gospel music" has sunk into the quagmire of "Contemporary Christian", its easy to forget that old-school gospel both black and white were huge influences on rock and roll. Little Richard, for one, took his trademark "Whoo!" from Marion Williams and countless rockers from Aretha to Elvis learned to sing in church. Now, can I get an Amen?!