Gospel Group a cappella circa 1930 Wenonah, AL
Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Four Eagle Gospel Singers is an a cappella gospel group from Bessemer. Formed by U.S. Steel employees in Fairfield in the 1930s, it is one of Alabama's oldest gospel groups.
This video is a segment of the larger work, Coat of Many Colors, which was produced by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF8RZd3yu-k
Jefferson County Gospel Quartets
Recorded in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Premiered February 22, 1992, on All Things Considered.
Jefferson County, Alabama, a true crossroads of steel and song, is recognized as the birthplace and capital of a cappella gospel singing. This style of music emerged in the early 20th Century when a boom in the coal and steel industries led to a massive migration of African-American workers to Jefferson County. The workers were housed in segregated company towns and worked for meager wages. With little available recreation, they soon formed singing groups, and Jefferson County established its preeminence in the gospel world.
Although Jefferson County's reign as a gospel center came to an end long ago, two of the oldest gospel quartets still remain in Bessemer, Alabama: The Sterling Jubilees (started in 1929 at the Bessemer Pipe Plant) and The Four Eagle Gospel Singers (started in 1938 at the U.S. Steel Plant in Fairfield, Alabama). Narrator Joe Watson has been the lead singer of The Four Eagle Gospel Singers since 1946.
Producer: David Isay / Editor: Jude Doherty / Mix engineer: Caryl Wheeler / Special thanks to Doug Seroff.
More info at: http://www.newworldrecords.org/liner_notes/80513.pdf