Saturday News Roundup #194

Worth Knowing

  • Jimmy and Mona Blackwood celebrated their 50th Anniversary this week.
  • Southern Sound announced that their former bass singer Alan Brewster, who left in 2010, has returned.

Worth Watching

Here’s a video of Marcy Kelsey Beckett singing “God Walks the Dark Hills,” with backup harmonies by Tribute Quartet. She was a member of The Songmasters in the 1970s and 1980s; they were the first full-time group to cut a Dianne Wilkinson song, and they were also the group to discover and introduce a young, talented soprano named Debbie Spraggs. Spraggs, of course, would go on to marry a dashing young Hoppers pianist by the name of Roger Talley.

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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  1. When i try the video it tells me it is no longer available…

  2. James Blackwood was married to Mona. Does Jimmy’s wife have the same name as his mother?

  3. James’ wife was named Miriam, and went by Mim.

    • You’re right. I was confused.

    • John, thanks! So I did get it right up above, then? Jimmy’s wife’s name is Mona, while James’ was Miriam/Mim, correct?

      • I don’t know about Jimmy’s wife’s name, but I am certain of James’s wife’s name.

  4. The Video has been removed from Youtube.

  5. Tim, When you click on the “Video” link and it brings up the You Tube screen, click on “Video” link again under
    worth watching and it will take you to a Social Cam of the video of God Walks the Dark Hills.

  6. Thanks, everyone, for letting me know that the YouTube link was no longer working! It was of an orchestra performing “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” out on a street. (Of course, they called it by the name it’s known by in classical music, which is slipping my mind right now. “Ode to Joy”?)

  7. Wow, she has a voice! Loved that!

  8. For those interested, samples of the new Cathedrals Family Reunion project are available here: