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Help Appreciated in Naming These Gospel Tunes

Postby keener » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:10 pm

My brother has a CD of my Dad recording about 25 Gospel tunes some 40 years or so ago. (The recordings were just home recordings.) He's been able to name all the tunes except for 4 of them. He and I would Greatly appreciate your help in naming these four:

http://www.keenerliving.com/testdir/track03.mp3

http://www.keenerliving.com/testdir/track11.mp3

http://www.keenerliving.com/testdir/track16.mp3

http://www.keenerliving.com/testdir/track23.mp3

I _think_ the first one Might be Where The Soul of Man Never Dies, but sure can't bet on it.

I know it's a strange request, but we would surely appreciate any help you can offer.

All my best
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Re: Help Appreciated in Naming These Gospel Tunes

Postby Bobby Burris » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:47 pm

one is wish that I was on some foggy mountian top. And one is happy all the day.
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Re: Help Appreciated in Naming These Gospel Tunes

Postby Roger Pratt » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:47 pm

Bruce the last one sounds a bit like "Sheltered in the arms of God".
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Re: Help Appreciated in Naming These Gospel Tunes

Postby guitarchuck » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:39 am

Bruce,
I'm pretty sure track 23 is "He's In the Midst". Here's the words: http://www.hymnlyrics.org/lyricsh/hes_in_the_midst.html
Here's a popular modern Southern Gospel group singing it, The Bishops:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoVa_RlaFXoTheThe
The other's sound familiar but I can't seem to place them.
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Re: Help Appreciated in Naming These Gospel Tunes

Postby Billy Anderson » Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:36 am

Bruce, I can't help with the names but I wish there were complete versions for you to post. As I've said before, you were really lucky to have a father who played so well. I'm so inspired, I think I will get my guitar out and see if I can finally learn that D chord. KOPAP. Billy
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Re: Help Appreciated in Naming These Gospel Tunes

Postby keener » Thu Dec 30, 2010 11:10 am

Bobby, Roger, and Chuck: thank you for the input, fellas. Much appreciated. I'll keep checking back over the next few days to see if there are other inputs. Sure would be nice to get them all named.

Billy, thank you. Yes, I am very fortunate to have been born as a son to George Keener. He was a fine guitarist, and the best overall role model I could have ever hoped for. I wish I had learned more from him.

Thank you again guys.
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Re: Help Appreciated in Naming These Gospel Tunes

Postby Richard Hudson » Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:15 pm

Well, here's my take on it.

1. Where The Roses Never Fade
2. It sounds so very familiar, but I'll have to come back to that one. It is an old Southern Gospel Quartet song and I know I have heard it a million times, but it escapes me at the moment.
3. Foggy Mountain Top - or at least it sure sounds like it unless there is a gospel tune with the same or similar melody.
4. He's In The Midst

I don't think I helped very much except in naming the first song, but I am sure about it. I sing that song quite often. Hopefully the second song will come to me later.

Your Dad was a very good guitar player, Bruce. I can see where your talent came from. Thanks so much for sharing these old songs with us. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to these and others you have posted.

Thanks,
Richard
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Re: Help Appreciated in Naming These Gospel Tunes

Postby Richard Hudson » Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:26 pm

Bruce, I don't mean this to derail your thread, but here is my recorded version of Where The Roses Never Fade. I think you will agree that this is your Dad's song #1.

FWIW, I made this song available for free download if you so desire. The song has a very special place in my heart that I won't go into at this time. It will be my gift to my friends on the Chetboard, and especially to you, Bruce, if you care to.

http://www.box.net/shared/e4tdvmxt9i

Thanks,
Richard
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Re: Help Appreciated in Naming These Gospel Tunes

Postby keener » Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:53 pm

Jack and Richard: Thank you so much. I appreciate the help on these tunes. I'm disinclined to go with Foggy Mtn Top as one of them, because they were all supposed to be Gospel. Dad certainly loved all music, and played a lot of the old bluegrass and Merle Travis and Chet tunes, but he had some gospel song in mind for the one that sounds like Foggy Mountain Top.

Richard, thank you most especially, for the help and for the beautiful recording. I've known for some time that my Dad would surely have liked to have known you, and that you could have become very good friends. You confirm that with just about every conversation we have.

I very much appreciate the help on naming these tunes. I'm not entirely sure what David's plans are for distribution, whether to just give away to family or whether to attempt to sell some CDs. I support whatever decision he makes, as I'm just glad to hear these tunes again. I used to love to pick with Dad. While those days are gone now, at least I can still be inspired by listening to him and remembering.

Thank you again
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Re: Help Appreciated in Naming These Gospel Tunes

Postby keener » Thu Dec 30, 2010 6:16 pm

Thank you, Jack and a happy new year to you!

Dad loved the Carter style and played it a lot in gospel tunes. As far as the similarity to Foggy Mtn Top goes, no denying that it is similar. I'm sure Dad had a different tune in mind, though. There were times he'd play a tune like that and I wouldn't know what it was, and then he would sing a bit of it and it would turn out being a gospel song that was "popular" in the 30's, when he was a young fellow going to Church. No doubt this one is one of those. Even if I had been with him at the time that my brother recorded these, about 40 years ago, I probably wouldn't have known the tune unless he told me the name of it (although, back then, I recognized a lot of gospel tunes that I wouldn't today ... too many years without hearing them).

Thanks again.
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