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The Johnson Family Singers

We Sang for Our Supper (CD)

Kenneth M. Johnson (author) Charles Wolfe (Introduction by)

ISBN: 9781578060344

Publication Date: Dec 1997

Format: CD-Audio

Also available as: Paperback  

The Johnson Family Singers rose to acclaim in the US during the 1940s and 1950s. This memoir, written by one of the three sons, focuses not only on family singers that became famous on popular radio but also on American gospel music. In a frank, objective narrative Kenneth M. Johnson looks back on his singing days and details both the successes and struggles the Johnsons experienced.
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The Johnson Family Singers, a gospel group from North Carolina, rose to national acclaim during the 1940s and 1950s. This memoir was written by one of the three sons who sang with them. It focuses not only upon family singers that became famous on popular radio but also upon American gospel music. Although neglected by scholars and historians, it is loved by aficionados and is cherished by many devoted Christians everywhere.

Here, in a frank, objective narrative Kenneth M. Johnson looks back on his singing days and details both the successes and struggles the Johnsons experienced during the years when their stirring music filled the air. He discusses what occurred behind the scenes and on the road to stardom. He tells how children who grew up in a singing family managed school life and how they balanced their social development with entertainment schedules. He gives details of the stresses that fame placed on family life, especially on his parents' troubled marriage, and of their survival through their love of gospel song. He speaks of humble beginnings, of the illegitimacy of family members, of legal problems, and of the heart-felt hymns that propelled the Johnsons onward and were their mainstay.

On many Sabbaths CBS radio broadcast their program. Listeners getting ready for services were likely to hear the familiar litany: "Each Sunday morning at this time Columbia presents fifteen minutes of hymns and sacred songs with the Johnson Family Singers... a father, mother, and four children. Southern-born, steeped in the tradition of the Deep South, the Johnson Family Singers bring to the well-beloved, familiar songs of Christian people everywhere a sweetness and simplicity of interpretation."Told with remarkable candor, The Johnson Family Singers: We Sang for Our Supper recounts the public and the private life of the gospel group touted on the airwaves as "one of America's foremost singing families.
Pages 277
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Dec 1997
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
Subject/s Sacred & religious music  
Kenneth M. Johnson is a retired United Methodist clergyman living at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

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