Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Oak Ridge Boys
In the early mornings when I was attending the University of Tennessee in the first part of the 1970s, I used to watch a gospel music show on the television. It came on right before the Today Show where I would try to catch a bit of news before it was time to head off to school.
My favorite videos they would show on The Golden Gospel Hour were the ones by The Oak Ridge Boys. The group was developing a contemporary look and sound which appealed to me more than the traditional Southern Gospel groups. "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" was written by contemporary Christian music pioneer Larry Norman. The Oaks do a beautiful job with the song.
I prefer the gospel singing Oak Ridge Boys to the later country music incarnation. They were still good, but I like the Christian themes that they started out with.
I'm going to give you a two fer in this post as I include a song with a more traditional Southern gospel sound, but with the similar theme as the first song. This song is "Jesus Is Coming Soon".