Video of the Day: 1957 Weatherfords
Dean Adkins just uploaded a priceless gem to YouTube:
Glen Payne (lead), Armond Morales (bass), and Lily Fern Weatherford (alto) have the solos; Earl Weatherford (with the handlebar mustache) joins in at the baritone part. This early Weatherfords footage, from the same lineup that recorded the landmark album In the Garden two years later, is the earliest Weatherfords footage—and earliest Glen Payne footage—that I have ever seen.
Compare Payne’s voice in 1957 with his voice forty years later in 1997. It reveals utterly remarkable consistency throughout his career.
Oh, and an extra bonus: Once you’ve watched it several times to soak in the rich perfection of the performance, watch it one more time and focus on the expression on the choir members’ faces. The expression of the young lady with blond hair right past Glen Payne’s shoulder is particularly intriguing.