Shoulda beens, round one

It must be difficult getting a new song to break in Southern Gospel. When a monthly chart that runs two or three months behind the actual airplay is considered to be the standard for the genre, the rise/fall rate of a song is slow as molasses. Add to that the constant supply of new versions of old songs diluting the market and keeping new songs away from consumers. It’s no wonder record labels have difficultly creating a buzz for a truly new CD . . . one with a concept, new songs, great production quality, etc.

With that in mind, I want to point out some “Shoulda beens” from time to time on this website. Great songs that got overlooked.

“Don’t Be Caught Dead Without Jesus” caught my ear right away when I reviewed the Brian Free and Assurance CD titled 4 God So Loved in 1996. Read that review here. This song had a novelty element going for it, good production by Garry Jones, and a nice performance by bass singer Bob Caldwell. Another song from this CD, “Jesus Came Out Alive” slowly made it’s way up and down the chart. By the time that process was over it was time for a new Assurance recording to come out, so “Don’t Be Caught Dead” got overlooked. It shoulda been a hit.

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David Bruce Murray

<p>David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray’s Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.</p>

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  1. Anonymous
    Reply January 24, 10:20 #1 Anonymous

    I LOVE ‘Don’t Be Caught Dead Without Jesus’! I’ve been looking for music or a chord chart for this song for ages. Any idea where I could find it?




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