Interview with former Jacksonville gospel singers Willie Wright and Ted Brooks

Date: March 19, 1983

Source: S1576 , Container 9 , C83-53, C83-54

Type: Sound

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  • One audio cassette. C83-53: Includes a group performances of "Standing Up for Jesus" and "It's Gonna Rain" in a practice session at the beginning of the recording. Interview with Willie Wright and Ted Brooks discussing their birthplaces and playing with the Royal Harmony Four, a renowned gospel group, which sang throughout Florida and was headquartered in Jacksonville. They also talk about how well members of the group got along and talk about some of their favorite songs, like "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and "Looka There Ain't She Pretty." They also talk about they got involved in music in their youth. C83-54: Ted Brooks talks about the groups' favorite songs, like "Little Wooden Church on the Hill" and "The Gospel Train," and singing American folk songs and singing comic songs in church (such as "The Preacher and the Bear") in church performances. He remarks that people don't sing American folk songs and comic songs in church very much anymore. In addition, he discusses singing songs about Casey Jones and John Henry and learning to read music later on in his career as a singer. William Tucker, then a member of the group Sons of Jubilee, was born in Florida in 1918, went to school in Jacksonville and retired as a warehouse manager at a supply company. He talks about his first time singing in an organized group- - in eighth grade when his teacher formed a glee club and selected him to join in. He had had experience singing in his church's choir as well. In addition, he talks about the differences between singing in a choir and singing in a quartet at the time. In addition, he sang in a barber shop quartet before joining the Sons of Jubilee. In the barbershop group, they sang "Suwannee River," "Old Black Joe," "Little Eyes I Love You," and other songs and he discusses singing nonsense words and sounds in the music, like, ""I Used to have a dear old mother, ca-lank-ca-lank-ca-lank

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