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Mitchell's Christian Singers

A survey of Carolina-based gospel groups active during the first half of the 20th century reveals a regional style and repertoire worthy of closer examination. The a cappella quartet known as Mitchell's Christian Singers was based in the city of Kinston, which is situated in eastern North Carolina by the Neuse River, named for the area's erstwhile inhabitants, the Neusiok Indians. Although this excellent vocal harmony group cut more than 80 sides during the years 1934-1940, none of the members opted for full-time professional musicianship, traveling out of state to make records from time to time, but generally staying close to home. Not surprisingly, the members' full-time employment represented a cross-section of jobs available to African-Americans in North Carolina at that time: tobacco factory laborer, truck driver, stone mason, and coal salesman. Originally the group was known as the New Four Quartet. Their initial contact with the recording industry was instigated by J.B. Long, owner and operator of the United Dollar Store in Kinston and talent scout for the American Record Company. According to bass singer Lewis Herring, after hearing someone else's record of "Dry Bones" the group told Long that they could deliver a superior rendition, and did so a few days later right inside of his store. Convinced by what he heard, Long invited them to perform at his Old Mansion Gospel Convention which was held in June 1934. Dressed up in black shoes, flannel britches, white shirts, double-breasted blue coats, black bow ties, and little white hats with tiny anchors on them, the New Four won the singing contest hands down with their version of "We're Gonna Have a Little Talk with Jesus."

A move to make records in New York caused half of the members to quit the group outright rather than venture outside of Kinston. This left only Herring and baritone singer Louis Panella Davis. The unit was reconstituted with the arrival of Julius Davis and William Brown, a pair of versatile tenors who had sung with the Harmonizing Four. In August 1934, now managed by a former gospel vocalist named Willie Mitchell, the quartet made the long drive to the big city and cut their first 16 sides as Mitchell's New Four Singers under the supervision of producer William Calloway. Provided with seedy lodging and substandard food, the singers were pressed to rehearse for a full half-day before commencing to record; they began singing at 8:00 AM and knocked off at 2:30 in the morning. Although each man received $150.00 for his time, no mention was made of royalties. When they resumed recording in April 1936 as Mitchell's Christian Singers, bass singer Lewis Herring had been replaced by Sam Bryant, and the lineup would remain unchanged for the remainder of the group's professional existence.

More than 80 sides recorded during a six-year period were released on seven different labels owned by the American Record Company. The 78 rpm platters were mainly pressed at a Bakelite-enabled facility owned by the Scranton Button Company. In December 1938, the group was invited to appear at Carnegie Hall as part of John Hammond's Spirituals to Swing concert. Hammond had encountered them on their home turf while traveling through North Carolina in the company of composer Goddard Lieberson, who worked for Columbia Records, helped to introduce the LP and eventually became president of the company. As for Mitchell's Christian Singers, after cutting a dozen sides in Chicago in 1940, they ceased recording altogether and lived out the rest of their lives in Kinston, occasionally performing at churches and community functions. With the exception of one missing title from 1936, their complete works were chronologically reissued in four volumes by Document during the '90s. Some music historians hold that this group's soulful, focused presentation had a direct influence upon early modern gospel and the doo wop vocal harmony technique popularized during the '50s. ~ arwulf arwulf
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Flashbacks #5: Halleluja 1926-1946 - Gospel & Prayers

1. The Old Ship Of Zion

2. Golden Gate Gospel Train

4. Strange Things Happen Every Day

5. Shake Mother's Hand For Me

7. Church, I'm Fully Saved Today

8. Ezekiel Saw The Wheel

10. If You See My Savior

11. Do Lord Send Me

12. My Time Done Come

13. The Prodigal Son

14. Book Of The Seven Seals

18. I Want To Rest

20. I Want Two Wings

21. Lift Every Voice And Sing

22. Them Bones

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Track List: Gospel: Negro Spirituals-Gospel Songs / 1926-1942

Disc 1

1. Let Your Light Shine On Me

2. Mother's Children Have A Hard Time

3. I'll Go Where You Want Me To Do

4. He's Got His Eyes On You

5. The Need Of Prayer

6. True Friendship

7. Goin' On To Heaven In The Sanctified Way

8. Thou Carest Lord For Me

9. Sign Of The Judgement

10. Take Your Burden To The Lord...

12. Memphis Flu

13. He Got Better Things For You

14. No Hiding Place

15. The Black Diamond Express To Hell (I & II)

16. If You See My Savior

17. Precious Lord, Take My Hand

18. The Prodigal Son

Disc 2

1. Oh, My Lord

2. God Shall Wipe All Tears Away

3. I Want Jesus To Walk Around My Bedside

4. When The Saints Go Marching In

5. When I Stand Before The King

6. Tell Me What Kind Of Man Jesus Is

8. Twelve Gates To The City

9. Moan, You Moaners

10. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

11. The Valley Of Time

12. The Sun Didn't Shine

13. Do Lord Send Me

14. Shake Mother's Hand For Me

15. This Train

16. Rock Me

17. I'm Free At Last

18. Wade In The Water

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