In 2003, Daywind Records released an album called Ultimate All-Nite Sing. The album is “emceed” by Dr. Jerry Goff, and the songs appear (at face value) to be a collection of live cuts from various artists on a group show. Here is the track list:
An Old Convention Song – The Cathedrals
Shake Hands With A Poor Boy – The Kingsmen
What Sins Are You Talking About – The Speers
When I Get Carried Away – Gold City
Learning To Lean – The Blackwood Brothers
I’ll See You In The Rapture – Jerry & The Singing Goffs
Didn’t It Rain – Teddy Huffam & The Gems
Happy Rhythm – The Statesmen
Call Me Gone – The Hinsons
I’ll Put On A Crown – Tony Gore & Majesty
Through The Fire – The Crabb Family
Praise God, It’s Settled, I’m Saved – The Perrys
In reality, however, this is nothing more than a compilation of songs from various artists (and eras) that have been strung together with intro’s by Goff (whose emcee work was obviously recorded in a studio and added after the fact). And while some of the songs are indeed culled from live albums (or supposedly live albums, anyway), others are the original studio cuts with canned applause added to bookend the track (and in at least one instance, some painfully obvious canned laughter for one of Dr. Goff’s jokes).
What’s entertaining about this album, though, is how it’s attempting to come across as one long show, despite the fact that some of the groups didn’t even exist when others recorded these songs. The Blackwood Brothers cut of “Learning To Lean” came out in the early 70’s, before some of the Crabb Family were even born, making this lineup of artists impossible on one single show.
Ok, so let’s just accept it for what it is – a cheesy attempt at a compilation with a bit of a twist. That leaves me to the oddity within an oddity – the Hinsons’ recording of “Call Me Gone.” Originally recorded in 1982 on their Hinsongs album, the song became a fast hit for the group and was later recorded live on their Lift The Roof Off live album. That means that a live cut of the song was definitely available. The version on this collection, however, was the original studio cut (again, bookended by canned applause). Why would they go with the studio cut instead of the live version?
This album is available for purchase on iTunes and streaming on both Spotify and YouTube. If you get a moment, I’d suggest giving it a listen in its entirety. At the very least, it’s entertaining to hear Dr. Goff tell Wally to sit down at the piano for “I’ll See You In The Rapture,” only to break into the studio version from the 1970’s.
Cheese. Bad cheese. No wonder SG sales keep dropping.
This reminds me of a DJ on Sunday afternoons on WJAZ Albany, GA. back in the 60’s. He would put on an album and used canned applause and call it a concert.
This would have been a good concert if it were possible to get all of them on one program.
Back in the day J.G. Whitfield would have got all these gospel groups to be in Bonifay, Fl for that sing.
My first one to attend was 1971 in BonIfay, Fl.
I remember an allnite sing in Birmingham, AL. last Saturday night in 1968.
Here’s the lineup.
The Kingsmen Quartet
‘Little” Steve Sanders
The Florida Boys
Dixie Echoes & Hal Kennedy
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet
The Statesmen Quartet
The Happy Goodman Family.
The LeFevres promoted a sing in Columbus, GA. I went to a couple of them.
Lineup on the first one.
The Thrasher Brothers with Jerry Goff
The Florida Boys
The Happy Goodman Family
THe Second One
The Blue Ridge Quartet
The Speer Family
The Happy Goodman Family.
How long has it been since you seen a lineup like these for a one night concert?
I know of one promoter having 3 groups recently together.
Jim Brady Trio
Mark Trammell Quartet
Yes I know we don’t have the attendance that we once had.
What is the reason?
We all have our reasons why it has happened.
I will list a few.
The Singers have dropped their bands. The sing canned music.
The Singers do not sing traditional Southern anymore for the most part.
The Singers are trying to reach a wider audience, while all the while they are losing the fan base they once had.
The Producers are over producing, emphasizing arrangements more than singing.
THE DRUMS ARE TOO LOUD IN THE MUSIC TODAY. Tone them down.
The Singers spend too much on their stage outfits.
Some Southern Gospel concerts have the appearance of a rock concert, with all their flashing lights and video equipment.
Yes I am a fan and have been for years.
But I will not pay too hear a group in person sound like their cd projects.
As a matter of fact, If I go I would rather buy the concert special, because they are more simply made and to me sound better.
I’M OFF MY SOAPBOX
I did have an idea decades ago to piece together live performances from various live albums and do the same for videos / DVDs in an effort to make a modern day all night sing type of thing for my own use. I missed out on the real thing and NQC, so it was trying to program my own all night sing collecting not just the artists I wanted, but the songs. But, this is sort of like the Cathedrals Live In Jacksonville thing which is hokey.