Let’s Explore The Blues – Georgia Tom


Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Son...

Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Georgia Tom, (Thomas Dorsey) is considered by many to be the father of black gospel music.  He was born in Villa Rica, Georgia in 1899, living to the ripe old age of 93, passing away in 1993.  His early career was spent with such famous blues men as Tampa Red.  Later in his career, he turned to gospel, writing many current standards.  These include “Peace In The Valley” (recorded by Mahalia Jackson) and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand“.  His songs have  been recorded by a veritable who’s who of the music world.  think, Elvis Presley, think Aretha Franklin, even Roy Rogers.  Now to some music.

First up is a blues number sung by the man himself.

Maybe It’s The Blues

This next one is a recording of Mahalia Jackson.

Peace In The Valley

Here is Elvis singing Precious Lord

As a final treat, we have Thomas Dorsey discussing gospel music  and the story behind Precious Lord.  Great stuff.

About John

I enjoy travel, sports, music and anything else that jumps up at me for the moment, which is why I blog. There will be lots of music and travel posts and a smattering of sports and humour. I enjoy promoting Canada and am unabashedly a proud Canuck.

Posted on July 23, 2012, in Artists, Blues, History, Music and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Edward Hotspur

    I love She Blinded Me With Science.

  2. Edward Hotspur

    I love him! “Science!”

  3. A gripping life

    Good stuff.

  4. Really good, not a big blues fan, but this was good.

  5. Peace in the Valley is captivating. Sounded like Aretha Franklin before I read the artist.

  6. Nice post. I played every clip. What a treat, and I’m very impressed that you included Elvis in your tribute.

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