The Original “Get Away Jordan”

Several recordings of “Get Away Jordan” don’t credit the song’s writer, just listing it as “traditional.” The song was introduced by Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes in the mid-1950s, and BMI’s song repertory credits Coates as the song’s writer.

Ever wonder how the writer of a song like this might have interpreted it?

Wonder no more.

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  1. WOW!! New favorite version. That was awesome.

    • No kidding! I couldn’t find a version on video, but the audio on this one was so incredible that I knew I had to pass it along!

  2. Love it!!!

  3. I LOVE this!!

  4. The firsts, somehow, are always the best.

    • Well, they usually are, but I think there are exceptions. Two that come to mind:

      (1) The Collingsworth Family’s recent rendition of “Resurrection Morn” is, I think, far better than the Bill Gaither Trio original. The original was far too rushed – it would be like trying to do “We Shall See Jesus” as fast as “Boundless Love.”

      (2) I think that the London Homecoming performance of “The Old Rugged Cross Made the Difference,” the day after Rex Nelon’s death, is far superior to the original renditions (Speer Family, I believe, etc.) The context made it a particularly poignant moment.

      • Yes, I agree that not ALL firsts are the best. I was using a bit of hyperbole to express how much I liked this version of “Get Away Jordan.” Thanks for the examples. That Collingsworth family sure can sing a song.

      • Oh, OK! 🙂

  5. If you can get your hands on a 1991 Speciality CD called the Best of Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, you’ll hear some great music on 24 cuts including “Get Away Jordan.” These recordings were made much earlier and originally released on records. Eleven of the songs were written by Coates including “That’s Enough” and “No Hiding Place” (used in the movie “Ghost”)

  6. Hi Daniel, Thanks for sharing this version of “Get Away Version.” It sounds as is the old Statesmen tried to do it like this group. Both versions are good.

    • You’re welcome! I understand that the Statesmen learned it from this rendition (though whether live or on recording I do not particularly recall presently).

  7. I know this is a late comment, but the Caravans recorded it after the Harmonettes. Check out this version on youtube: . It sounds even more like the Statesmen.

    • Cool! I’ll check that link out.