Video of the Day: Dove Brothers, “I Pledge Allegiance”

Apropos of our discussion yesterday on Southern Gospel songs dealing with martyrdom, the most discussed was one the Dove Brothers borrowed from Contemporary Christian Music—more specifically, Ray Boltz’s catalog.

As many of you know, I grew up only knowing contemporary Christian music (after all, I grew up in northern Ohio!) And while I never did care for Ray Boltz’s voice, I thought then and now that the song was a magnificent song. When I (finally!) discovered Southern Gospel six years ago, the Dove Brothers’ incomparable rendition of this song was one of the first things that made me step back in astonishment and muse, “What have I been missing all these years?” It was as if Boltz should never have recorded it, other than perhaps a demo to send to McCray Dove.

Finally, after all these years of just hearing it, two videos of the song have gone online in the last few months. If you’re looking for polished perfection, click here, but here is the one I choose to feature:

No, it’s not perfect—most notably, John Rulapaugh starts off a half-count behind the beat for the first few lines, but he catches up eventually. This version might not have the polished perfection, but it sure has the heart to make up for it!

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  1. Nice. A bit rough around the edges, like you said, but nicely done. I think they might have repeated the chorus a few less times though, and it still would have been good. 🙂 I love the bass.

    When was this video shot, BTW? They all look really young! McCray actually looks a bit like you, Daniel. 😀

    • McCray looks a bit like me? Wow! I’ll have to post on Facebook to see if anyone else sees a resemblance!

  2. Oops, never mind, just answered my own question, it was 2000.

  3. I remember that date it was hot hot hot that day. I also remember when I brought that arrangement to homeland and they really didn’t want to do that arrangement but they let us do it anyway and it was a big hit for us in concert.

    • That must have been really hot if you still remember it ten years later!

      That’s fascinating about Homeland not wanting to let you do it. I’m glad they let you!