Mahalia Jackson, Albertina Walker, The Caravans, Dorothy Norwood, The Jackson Southernaires, Thomas Dorsey, James Cleveland, The Williams Brothers, The MIssissippi Mass Choir and the Georgia Mass Choir are only a few of the legendary gospel acts that can be found on Malaco Music Group's gospel compilation CDs that celebrate the heritage of gospel music over the last century.
The Malaco Music Group, home to gospel music's premier gospel labels has been laying down gospel tracks since the early forties through label imprint Savoy Records, based in New York City. Savoy, originally a label that boasted some of the greatest artists in blues and jazz, converted to all gospel in the early fifties and became home to many legendary gospel artists at one time or another. In the sixties, as Malaco Records slowly shifted from booking agency to record label, they saw an opportunity to acquire Savoy and when they did, a rich catalog of gospel music came with it.
Since that acquisition, Malaco has created two other gospel imprints, 601 Records and Muscle Shoals Sound Gospel, and signed distribution deals with some of the other great labels in the industry such as Blackberry Records (The Williams Brothers) and Juana Records (Eddie Ruth Bradford).
In the late nineties, Malaco began a best-selling series that has been released during black history month called Celebrate The Heritage of Gospel, featuring legendary artists and gospel hits and treasures from the past. Produced by Jerry Mannery (Exec. Director Gospel Division of Malaco Records) and Milton Biggham (Exec. Director, Savoy Records), each album boasts many of gospel music's biggest names and best hits such as:
Go Tell it on the Mountain, Mahalia Jackson; Oh How I Love Jesus, Reverend James Moore; Precious Lord, Take My Hand, Thomas Dorsey; Still Standing, The Williams Brothers; There's a Leak in This Old Building, La Shun Pace; His Eye is on the Sparrow, Mahalia Jackson; Johnny and Jesus, Dorothy Norwood.
Other compilation CDs boast the best that the women in gospel have to offer, choir hits, and hard to find artists such as: The Gospel Harmonettes, The Raspberries, Charles Watkins, Roberta Martin, The Gospel Clefs, Rosie Wallace, Ruby Terry, The Angelic Gospel Singers, and more.
For a complete song listing, simply click on the album cover for song title and artist.