Saturday News Roundup #75
In the News
- Wes Hampton opened up the Gaither Vocal Band archives, posting sound clips from two songs that the Gaither Vocal Band recorded in 2008, but did not release. They’re definitely worth a listen!
- Singing News is doing a showcase and straw poll at the National Quartet Convention. They announced this week that they will also permit voting via Facebook. (This is for the straw poll only, not the official awards.)
- On Monday, Apple launched iCloud, which will let you stream any song in your iTunes library to Windows desktops and any Apple device for $25-year. It’s not exactly revolutionary, since LaLa, Amazon, and Google have all released programs with similar functionality. I don’t get as excited over the latest Apple announcements as some do, though, since we’ve already seen them use their walled garden policy to block a Christian app that speaks to what the Bible says about marriage being between a man and a woman from all iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad). Still, they have enough clout in the market that it’s worth a mention here.
- Seals “Low Note” Hilton, a well-known bass singer of the 1950s, passed away on Tuesday after a three-month illness.
- Dennis Humphries of HisSong was hospitalized this weekend with chest and stomach pains. He is on bed rest for two days and will be seeing a doctor next week.
- Anthony Facello was hospitalized earlier this week with chest pains. After doctors determined that it was not a treatable condition, he is now back on the road.
- Update, 10:05 A.M.: Southern Gospel soloist Archie Watkins slipped while doing yard work yesterday, breaking his ankle and tearing ligaments. He also sings tenor for Smoky Mountain Reunion and spent forty-five years singing tenor for the Inspirations.
- FridayNightRevival launches a debut project review series with a post on Brian Free & Assurance’s debut.
Video of the Week
I was going to post the Aaron Swain video here, but Thursday was a slow enough news day that it got its own post. So let’s pull one from the (fairly recently posted) archives: Here’s a video of Gerald Wolfe filling in on lead as the Cathedrals sing “Plan of Salvation”:
It’s also intriguing to see a live staging of the song this early in its run; it offers a peek at how the rendition developed over the years, on its way to becoming a classic.
As always, consider the news roundup comments section an open thread.