Groups that Stood the Test of Time: 1970s
Continuing the series we started yesterday, let’s look at which groups’ recordings from the 1970s stand up best to the test of time and hold the greatest appeal today.
I’m kicking things off with a list each day. Just for fun, if you like, indicate in your list how many recordings you have by that group from that decade.
- Inspirations (13 projects). The Inspirations’ sound stands the test of time so well simply because it doesn’t change. If you like the Inspirations’ sound now, you’ll like their sound then. This was also their peak era, the era in which they won most of their awards. (That is, until this decade. I don’t know if I’ve said this in this space of the Internet before, but I am of the opinion that the Inspirations’ Fan Awards success this decade is less because they are better than they were in the 80s and 90s and more because they out-lasted their peers. If the Cathedrals with George and Glen, the Kingsmen with Jim Hamill, and Gold City with Tim Riley and either Jon Wilburn or Mark Trammell were still together, they would probably still be dominating the awards.)
- Cathedral Quartet (25 projects). As with their work from the 60s, their 70s projects probably hold even more appeal now than they did then.
- Kingsmen (13 projects). In this decade, the Kingsmen brought the key personnel on board that would take them to the top and started their Big and Live era.
- Rambos ( projects). The Rambos peaked in the 70s. Their live recordings from that era (Alive at Soul’s Harbor and Live) are a “must” for anyone collecting Southern Gospel music from the 70s.
- Happy Goodmans (9 projects). The Happy Goodmans were probably Southern Gospel’s most popular mixed group of the decade, and their projects are still captivating today.
- Bill Gaither Trio (10 projects). In this decade, Bill Gaither went from being an unknown whose songs the big groups were cutting to being the one hiring the big groups to be his opening acts.
- Chuck Wagon Gang (15 projects). (See explanation on #1.)
- Florida Boys (10 projects). Thanks to the exposure of the Gospel Singing Jubilee, this was probably the era in which the Florida Boys had the most exposure.
- Blackwood Brothers (16 projects). Though this was the Blackwood Brothers’ most awarded decade, they released their best work in the 50s and 60s. However, a number of their projects from this decade were quite solid.
- Dixie Echoes (6 projects). This was probably their strongest decade until this one.