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The Mighty Clouds Of Joy

Contemporary gospel's preeminent group, the Mighty Clouds of Joy carried the torch for the traditional quartet vocal style throughout an era dominated by solo acts and choirs; pioneering a distinctively funky sound which over time gained grudging acceptance even among purists, they pushed spiritual music in new and unexpected directions, even scoring a major disco hit. The Mighty Clouds of Joy were formed in Los Angeles during the mid-'50s by schoolmates Joe Ligon and Johnny Martin; while still in their teens, the original group -- which also included brothers Ermant and Elmo Franklin, Leon Polk and Richard Wallace -- made their recorded debut in 1960 with "Steal Away to Jesus," cut for the Peacock label. Their debut LP Family Circle arrived a year later. In the years that followed, the Mighty Clouds earned a reputation among gospel's greatest showmen; one of the first groups to incorporate choreographed moves into their act, their nimble footwork and bright, color-coordinated outfits earned them the sobriquet "The Temptations of Gospel." More importantly, they were the first group to add bass, drums and keyboards to the standard quartet accompaniment of solo guitar, resulting in a sound which horrified traditionalists but appealed to younger listeners -- so much so, in fact, that the Mighty Clouds became the first gospel act ever to appear on television's Soul Train, where they performed their disco smash "Mighty High." Their crossover success continued with opening slots for secular pop stars including Marvin Gaye, the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon, whom the group backed during a month-long stint at Madison Square Garden. While lineup changes plagued the Mighty Clouds throughout their career, they remained active through the 1990s; in addition to co-founders Ligon and Wallace, their latter-day incarnation also included Michael McCowin, Wilbert Williams, Johnny Valentine and Ron Staples. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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The Mighty Clouds are a group I grew up listening to. They are tops in my book.
johnniemccla i n 2
Will am brothers
let me tell you something Pandora you guys is fantastic .your company better not change one thing . Pandora is my radio station . please don't change not one thing AND I MEAN THAT
arnettaberry 4 0
I love you guys ,I listen to you guys, mighty man of God, sent I was a little girl,now I'm up In age and still listen to you guys . GOD BLESS YOU GUYS, THANK GOD FOR YOU. LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!
sheila63wise
This song remind me of my grandma and my aunt down in Mississippi. I just love it. God Bless you Father Lord. Thank you for loving me and my family. I understand now went I hear (Thank God for a praying Mothers and Grandmother) . And thank you for grace and mercy. Amen
Thank you Lord!
HIS WORD SAID'S I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU. IT'S TRUE GOD IS LOVE.
Let's walk together.
God bless you and your family
markea2008
Loving the Mighty clouds of joy the songs they sing
I remember moma playing this on the way to church Sunday morning I hope to see my loves ones walking around Heaven miss you granddaddy and grandma
Yes nobody but Jesus ......
Loving The Mighty Clouds of Joy for being my group to help me to deal with the death of my sister 4 26 2014
This Music is a Ministry, Golden Gospel
~H-Town Listening,"G O D Can"*978*~5m 1 4 y ~
Ole tyme gospel. Yes, Jesus Will Fix It just try him. Thank you Lord
I am so happy how may young people love old gospel
Love this song
Pray on pray on. We all get lost sometimes, but Lord have mercy, thank God for that prayin mother! God will take you back, pray on
I BEEN IN THE STORM TO LONG IS MY FAVORITE. SINGLE . IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD IT YOU NEED TO GET IT ASAP !!!!!!!!!!!! !
I miss music like this. good time gospel music.
I love this song
I used to listen to these guys with my grandmother all the time and you can feel the spirit when they sing.
This group was my moms favorite group, and I see why. And now they are my favorite as well as lee William and my girl pastor Shirley c
I USED TO LOOK AT A GOSPEL SHOW ON SUNDAYS CALLED JUILBEE SHOWCASE IN CHICAGO ON CHANNEL 26 CALLED NOW THE U SMILE..
Praise his name
HAPPY SUNDAY!!! THANK YOU JESUS FOR ALLOWING MYSELF AND MY FAMILY TO SEE ANOTHER DAY. SOMEONE DIDN'T WAKE UP AND TO THOSE FAMILIES I PRAY FOR STRENGTH. AS WE GO OUT TODAY LORD I PRAY FOR TRAVELING GRACE. AS WE WALK THROUGH THE HALLS OF THE HOSPITAL TODAY TO VISIT MY HUSBAND I ASK THAT YOU HEAL HIM AS WELL AS THE OTHER PERSONS ON THEIR SICK BED. LET YOUR LOVE SHINE BRIGHT ON US LORD. LET ME BE AN EXAMPLE OF YOUR LOVE LORD THROUGH ME;THE WAY I WALK,TALK,AN D THINK. EVERYONE HAVE A BLESSED DAY IN JE
Another wonderful group that i love God Child
One of the best groups in the world
THIS IS A VERY TRUE SONG.....THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY...SECOND FAVORITE GROUP I LIKE OF ALL TIME
There's A Bright Side Somewhere Is A True Song And That's With The Lord Amen
When Noone Else Can God Can Amen Amen Amen
auburnuniver s i t y b i g g e s t f a n
He keeps on blessing me over over again
I love this song, sing it y'all
I LOVE OLD SCHOOL GOSPEL THANK U ALL FOR PAVING THE WAY FOR UPCOMING GOSPEL ARTIST SMILE..
Well say that tall God doesn't put more on me than I can bear cause There's A Bright Side Somewhere Amen Amen Amen
Everyday is a mighty good day When You Get up Prasing God Amen Amen Amen
I know that's right I'm going to walk around heaven with the Lord Amen .
One of these days we will have to give up the cares of this world for everlasting LIFE, hold on a little while longer + 14y 1m
Old I need u now my family it n need
God will bless you and your family
I feel the same way about gospel music, grew up with gospel music since the late 1950's.
Listen to gospel. Music always. Make me feel better ..God is good all the time .the. music help me ...special in my time of need when I am stress I always find. Peace ..
Mom sing it to me as a girl
I have always enjoy gospel singing I even try to sing also and love doing it. Ell Marie Pendleton
I feel conviction when the clouds sing
Hey !!!Kenneth82 r a m s . . . . . d i d n t want you to seem uninformed, But, contrary to where they might have made it.....It is fact that Joe Ligon IS (hence, from,) Troy, Alabama..... S o ya know. :) How you ask??? Hello Im D. Ligon....Joe is my Uncle...Dads Brother. They became famous in L.A.....But Uncle Joe is definitely from the south. Do some searching... G O D BLESS!!
respects
THE FAVORITES SONGS IS MY UP LIFTING IS THE QUESTION IS AND I BEEN IN THE STORM TO LONG. I LOVE IT AND EVERYTHING THEY MADE SMILE.......
God is an awesome God
Thank you Jesus for fixing me.....
God can....God will....
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