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Great God Aʼmighty! The Dixie HummingbirdsCelebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music$
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Jerry Zolten

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152722.001.0001

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“Move On Up a Little Higher” (1945–1949)

“Move On Up a Little Higher” (1945–1949)

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Great God Aʼmighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds

Jerry Zolten

Oxford University Press

The years after World War II were glory days for African American gospel as inventive performers started seriously to build on tradition. An overall healthy economy spawned thriving record and radio industries as more slots on the radio dial were allotted to the entire spectrum of black music from jazz to blues to gospel. By the late 1940s, urban radio stations were beginning to introduce programs hosted by and directed to African Americans—although anyone could and did tune in. The Dixie Hummingbirds adapted to new postwar tastes and styles through personnel changes and the maturation of Ira Tucker as a lead singer, songwriter, and arranger.

Keywords:   Dixie Hummingbirds, African American musicians, black gospel music, Ira Tucker, postwar years

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