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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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“Let's Go Out to the Programs” (1952–1959)

“Let's Go Out to the Programs” (1952–1959)

(p.203) 7 “Let's Go Out to the Programs” (1952–1959)
Great God Aʼmighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds

Jerry Zolten

Oxford University Press

The seven years between 1952 and 1959 were an extraordinarily rich period for the Dixie Hummingbirds and also for African American cultural history. African American artists of every kind continued to the forefront of popular entertainment, particularly in the field of music. Although rhythm and blues especially succeeded in the pop mainstream and influenced more popular genres such as rock ‘n’ roll, gospel remained primarily “insider” music, culture bound, and still celebrated mostly within the African American community. Black gospel occasionally did reach multiracial audiences via radio, records, television, and news stories, but throughout the 1950s, the stars of gospel were for the most part stars within the sphere of African American entertainment.

Keywords:   Dixie Hummingbirds, African American musicians, black gospel music, rhythm and blues, African American entertainment

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