By Kenneth M. Johnson

ISBN-10: 1578060044

ISBN-13: 9781578060047

The Johnson kinfolk Singers, a gospel staff from North Carolina, rose to nationwide acclaim in the course of the Nineteen Forties and Fifties. This memoir was once written via one of many 3 sons who sang with them. It focuses not just upon family members singers that grew to become well-known on renowned radio but additionally upon American gospel song. even if ignored by means of students and historians, it truly is enjoyed via aficionados and is adored by way of many committed Christians everywhere.

Here, in a frank, goal narrative Kenneth M. Johnson seems again on his making a song days and information either the successes and struggles the Johnsons skilled throughout the years while their stirring track stuffed the air. He discusses what happened backstage and at the highway to stardom. He tells how young children who grew up in a making a song kin controlled university lifestyles and the way they balanced their social improvement with leisure schedules. He supplies info of the stresses that popularity put on kin lifestyles, in particular on his mom and dad' afflicted marriage, and in their survival via their love of gospel tune. He speaks of humble beginnings, of the illegitimacy of kin, of criminal difficulties, and of the heart-felt hymns that propelled the Johnsons onward and have been their mainstay.

On many Sabbaths CBS radio broadcast their software. Listeners preparing for companies have been prone to pay attention the standard litany: "Each Sunday morning at the present Columbia offers fifteen mins of hymns and sacred songs with the Johnson relations Singers... a father, mom, and 4 childrens. Southern-born, steeped within the culture of the Deep South, the Johnson family members Singers deliver to the well-beloved, prevalent songs of Christian humans all over the place a sweetness and straightforwardness of interpretation."

Told with impressive candor, The Johnson kin Singers: We Sang for Our Supper recounts the general public and the non-public lifetime of the gospel team touted at the airwaves as "one of America's most popular making a song families."

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So, I set about to write the story of what radio station WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina, had called "one of America's foremost singing families"a family whose career peaked in popularity during the golden days of radio. This account puts together the life and times of the Johnson Family Singers and shows how on several occasions in dire circumstances we not only "sang for our supper" but found great pleasure and excitement in doing it. Here is a tale of a persevering father, a devoted mother, and some talented children who achieved stardom despite modest beginnings.

After a few months at Franklinville, my parents moved up to Pole Cat Creek, just south of Greensboro, birthplace of the famed CBS announcer of World War II days, Edward R. Murrow. Meanwhile, Dad had acquired a good used Model T Ford, which he drove to work at the Proximity Mill. In April 1926, my parents moved back in temporarily with the Chriscos on Gordon Street, where, on the twenty-first of that month, my mother gave birth to her firstborn, a daughter named Doris Louise. She was a beautiful and healthy girl but fretted considerably when she started teething.

Looking back upon the Johnson appellation more than fifty years later, we realize just how close the Johnson Family Singers came to having a different surname! After two years in the White Oak school, my father transferred to the Proximity school, which was nearer to his home in Print Works. He had not been there long, however, when an argument ensued between him and a fellow student named Cobb. Dad told me how he found an old soaked corncob and threw it at the other boy. It hit Cobb in the throat and temporarily knocked him out of breath.

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