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The Fairfield Four

During the 1940s, the Fairfield Four were among the top-ranked gospel quartets, along with the Dixie Hummingbirds, Five Blind Boys, and Soul Stirrers. Originally a gospel duet created in the early '20s by the pastor of Fairfield Baptist Church in Nashville to occupy his sons, Harry and Rufus Carrethers, they became a gospel trio with the addition of John Battle. The group was transformed into a jubilee quartet by the '30s and began the first of numerous personnel changes. They recorded for RCA Victor and Columbia during the decade and were known for their reinterpretations of standard hymns, featuring bright, close baritone and tenor harmonies. When the Fairfield Four sang, they utilized the full extent of their voices, moving easily from deep, rolling basslines to the staccato upper peaks of the tenor range, all executed with precise, intricate harmonies and ever-shifting leads.

The Fairfield Four reached their broadest audience when the Sunway Vitamin Company sponsored a nationally broadcast radio show for them daily at 6:45 a.m. on WLAC, Nashville. At the same time, they also continued touring; it was a grueling schedule, especially with the drive to Nashville, and often the group would be missing a member or two on the show. In 1942, the quartet recorded for the Library of Congress, but by 1950, it all became too much. Coupled with some financial trouble and a dwindling radio audience, the Fairfield Four broke up, though one member, Reverend Sam McCrary, used the group name to perform with other quartets. In 1980, the Fairfield Four from the '40s was reunited for a concert in Birmingham, Alabama, by Black gospel specialist Doug Seroff. In 1989, they were designated as National Heritage Fellows by the National Endowment for the Arts. They continue to perform, though the original members are either deceased or retired. ~ Sandra Brennan & Bil Carpenter
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Still Rockin' My Soul

1. Rock My Soul

2. Come On In This House

3. Baptism Of Jesus

4. Children Go Where I Send Thee (Feat. Lee Ann Womack)

5. Jesus Gave Me Water

6. I Love The Lord (He Heard My Cry)

7. My Rock

8. I Got Jesus And That's Enough

9. Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around

10. Highway To Heaven

11. I Love The Lord (Reprise)

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Track List: Standing On The Rock

1. Don't Leave Me By Myself

2. Hope To Shout In Glory

3. I Can Tell You The Time

4. My Prayer

5. Come On To This Altar

6. I Love The Name Jesus

7. Does Jesus Care

8. Leave It There

9. Love Like A River

10. Who Is That Knocking

11. His Eye Is On The Sparrow

12. How I Got Over

13. This Evening Our Father

14. Hear Me When I Pray

15. When The Battle Is Over

16. Standing On The Rock

17. Somebody Touched Me

18. On My Journey Now

19. Old Time Religion

20. Talking About Jesus

21. No Room At The Inn

22. When We Bow

23. Let's Go

24. Don't Drive Your Children Away

25. Packin' Every Burden

26. Poor Pilgrim

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Track List: Wreckin' The House: Live At Mount Hope

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Track List: Standing In The Safety Zone

1. Tree Of Level

2. My God Called Me This Morning

3. Children Go Where I Send Thee

4. Born Again

5. Keep Me Near The Cross (Servant's Prayer)

6. Roll Jordan Roll

7. Standing In The Safety Zone

8. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

9. Last Month Of The Year

10. How I Got Over

11. Dig A Little Deeper

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