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I was anticipating this feature on one of the tuly accomplished and innovative groups ever to sing gospel music.../i know their recordings are hard to find, but I can personally testify that they're worth the trouble to find...and hear!
Liked the photo of the All-Star Quartet as well, that group had such potential, and never quite lived up to it...but, oh, the talent within!
By Inquirer1 on Wed, December 31, 2003 - 6:10:50
Another great job as usual John. While we were spending Christmas in Florida, my dad went out and bought the "Bad Boy of Gospel Music" book by Calvin at Books-A-Million. It is probably the most interesting book about a gospel singer that I've read.
By Alan Kendall on Thu, January 01, 2004 - 7:22:53
Good to see you're back with another history lesson. Great synopsis of the ups and downs of this unique group.
By Dean Adkins on Thu, January 01, 2004 - 1:12:39
The three originals -- Newton, Butler and Robinson -- appeared at the 1973 NQC and were terrific. Calvin's book is most entertaining. Great to see you back with another great article, John.
By norm graham on Thu, January 01, 2004 - 1:22:51
I've heard precious few recordings of this group, but were familiar with the individuals through the writings of others. As usual, you filled in many gaps in my knowledge.
Never knew Calvin Newton and Paul Downing sang together. To my ear, Paul was one of the underrated basses.
By Mike Ray on Fri, January 02, 2004 - 11:05:50
Thanks John for this history lesson on the Sons of Song. I had forgotten about them. They truly were a unique sounding group. I also never knew Paul Downing and Calvin Newton sang together. And I agree, Paul was underrated as a bass singer.
By Glenn Camp on Mon, January 05, 2004 - 3:05:00
Another incredible job, John. I always thought I knew a lot of southern gospel history - until I started reading your articles. They are priceless. Please keep it up..
By Brad Harris on Mon, January 05, 2004 - 9:23:26
Excellent article John. Welcome back!
By James Hales on Mon, January 05, 2004 - 9:31:59
John, another great article. BTW, I loved that term Gospel music "mafia".
By Deon Unthank on Sat, January 10, 2004 - 3:39:16
"BTW, I loved that term Gospel music "mafia"."
It's a fitting description, don't you think?
By John Crenshaw on Sat, January 10, 2004 - 5:06:01
Great article. I play some of Calvin's music on my SGM radio station ( http://www.live365.com/stations/152577
). Homeland, Daywind or somebody needs to re-release the Sons of Song music on CD along with some of the great old SGM groups like has been done for the Cathedrals and much of the Gaither groups. Thanks again for the article, John.
By Tony Partigianoni on Sun, January 11, 2004 - 10:56:11
When and how did Paul Downing die? I know it's been several years ago.
By James Allen on Thu, September 02, 2004 - 9:27:02
I was doing random searches on the internet tonight, and found this website. I am very glad to see that there are so many people that were as touched as I was by the music made by my grandfather and others. However, I have to add one thing to the statement that his passing away was seemingly unnoticed by most in the gospel music industry. At his funeral, the procession was miles long, and there was standing room only at the service. Most of these were people that I had never even seen or met before, but who had been touched by his wonderful voice, and his mastery of the piano.
Thank you for this tribute to his and others music.
By Reagan Rodney (granddaughter of Bob Robinson) on Tue, September 14, 2004 - 9:29:36
I was a dj at a radio station (WAMI) in Opp, Alabam in 1959 and the Sons of Song were featured regularly on a daily show called Quartet Convention. I still remember the only LP we had of the Sons of Song....it was pink and semi-transparent. One of the more interesting arrangements of "The Old Gospel Ship" was on that album as I recall. I sure would like to get a copy of that LP.
I also remember that the Sons of Song came thru Opp one time singing for Gubernatorial candidate A. W. Todd.
By Sid Gilchrist on Wed, December 08, 2004 - 3:25:16
I REMEMBER THE SIXTIES, WALLEY FOWLER PROMOTED SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC IN ATLANTA,GA.I MET DON& BOB AT THE CITY AUDITORIUM.WE BECAME GOOD FRIENDS
THEY WERE OUTSTANDING,IF THEY WERE SINGING TODAY
LIKE BACK IN SIXTIES I BELIEVE THEY WOULD AT THE
TOP OF THE CHARTS.I HAVE AN OLD EIGHT TRACK TAPE
ENTITLED WASTED YEARS BY THEM,I WOULD LIKE TO RESTORE IT ON A CD KNOW OF ANYONE PLEASE E MALE ME.THANKS DEAN
By DEAN STEPHENS on Tue, April 19, 2005 - 8:13:18
FYI, there is a two-volume set that has over forty songs recorded by the Sons of Song in the Southern Gospel Legends series. If you have not hear this group, you will be simply amazed.
By Tony on Mon, February 16, 2009 - 1:35:43
I recently secured Calvin Newton's phone no. and had a wonderful conversation with him. I was also able to purchase some of the Sons of Song DVD
and CD's. We talked about the late '50's. I was there the night he left the Oakridge Quartet, and also the night of the Sons of Son's first appearance in Atlanta.
By Dr. Melvin L. Payne on Sat, May 16, 2009 - 11:21:02
Another great job as usual John...Thanks John for this history lesson on the Sons of Song. You filled in many gaps in my knowledge.
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