Cathedrals projects with Mack Taunton on the cover—but possibly not vocals
Actually, On the original recording of “Uncloudy Day”, that was Bobby Clark… I am awear that my dad is on the cover of the album, but it is Bobby singing on that whole album. I asked my dad about that years ago. He said, “That’s just the way things worked back then” You released what you had and promoted the group that was working.
That’s why on the reunion video, my dad says “eat your heart out bobby” in the middle of his solo break.
That prompted me to revisit several Cathedrals albums with Mack Taunton and George Amon Webster on the Cover.
First, though, another comment from Steve:
Point of interest, there a few albums from Th Cathedrals that has my dad on the cover yet has Bobby singing… I’m not sure, but I believe that “The Family Album” is another one. I think the first album my dad sang on with The Cathedrals was “Focus on Glenn Payne”.
Focus on Glen Payne was released in 1968; I’m Nearer Home (with “Unclouded Day”) was released in 1970, thus showing that several of the Cathedrals albums with Mack Taunton on the cover but Bobby Clark on vocals were released out of order.
Family Album (1968). There are no baritone solos on this project; the only tenor solo is “God Will Take Care Of You.” It does sound like Bobby Clark.
Focus on Glen Payne (1968). There is only one song that features a solo from the baritone and a solo from the tenor, “Something Within” (which featured all four members). It’s still unmistakably Danny Koker on the baritone, but this time it does sound like Mack Taunton on tenor.
I Saw the Light (1968). Danny Koker is unmistakably the baritone on this project; he has solos on “Cheer the Weary Traveler,” “I Saw the Light,” and “Will the Lord Be With Me.” The tenor has several solos, most notably on “Who am I,” “Mama’s Teaching Angels,” and “Cheer the Weary Traveler.” Based largely on “Who am I,” I’m suspecting this might be another album with Bobby Clark on vocals but Mack Taunton on the cover. Can anyone confirm this?
Jesus is Coming Soon (1969). George Amon Webster contributes the baritone vocals to this album, which leads me to think that Mack Taunton is both the cover and actual tenor. (Webster joined after Mack Taunton was already tenor).
I’m Nearer Home (1970). Danny Koker contributes baritone vocals to “In the Shelter Of His Arms,” “Does Jesus Care,” and “Jesus Use Me.” So this album is clearly material recorded at least a few years before the release date. It does sound like Bobby Clark, particularly on “Down From His Glory.” Can anyone confirm this?
It’s Music Time (1970). I didn’t catch any baritone solos on this project, so it’s harder to place definitively. I’m guessing it’s Mack Taunton on the vocals, though.
A Little Bit of Everything (1970). George Amon Webster is on this project (which makes it Mack Taunton on tenor). It would stand to reason that this was recorded with the current lineup, since it was a Canaan release, making it the group’s first major-label release in several years (I believe).
Everything’s Alright (1971). Again, George Amon Webster on baritone vocals. This is another Canaan release.
Request Time (1971). This is a compilation of songs from the Danny Koker and Bobby Clark era, even though the current lineup at that time appeared on the cover.
Right On (1971). Though I believe it is George Amon Webster at the baritone part, I’m not certain who is singing tenor. The two songs featuring the tenor are “Redemption Draweth Nigh” and “After All.” It could be Mack Taunton, but it could also be Roger Horne, who sang briefly with the group in 1972 (and possibly 1971).
Somebody Loves Me (1971). George Amon Webster sings baritone on this project. The tenor has three solos, on “Eastern Gate,” “Because He Lives,” and “I Should Have Been Crucified.” I am thinking (but not certain) it’s Mack Taunton.
By Welcome to Our World (1972), Roger Horne was definitely singing the tenor part.
I know of at least several readers of this blog who have some or all of these projects. Could you take a listen to them and either confirm or challenge my observations in the comments?