Before the digital age made recording singings relatively easy, intrepid singers made reel-to-reel or cassette recordings. These are valuable archives of our history, and I'm pleased to be able to offer some digitized recordings here, thanks to the generosity of singers such as Dan Brittain.
If you have recordings of old singings and would like to make those available, please contact me.
An invaluble resource for vintage recordings is hollowsquare.org, which has many digitized cassette recordings of historical singings. Rather than copy them here, I suggest you visit that site!
Chattahoochee Convention, Bremen GA, 1973
Fa-So-La Singers (1950s or 60s)
Blackmon Memorial, Villa Rica GA, 1972
Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Carrolton GA, 1973
Little Vine PBC, near Bremen GA, 1973
New Hope Memorial, Carrolton GA, 1973
United Convention, Carrolton GA, 1973
Holly Springs GA, 1974 & 1978
Chocoloca GA, 1973
Funeral Singing for Nettie A. Green, Oneata AL (?), Nov. 14, 1984
The Fa-So-La Singers are believed to be members of the family of Elder Elmer Kitchens of Jasper, AL. The tracks were digitized from four original 45RPM records recorded in the 1950s or 1960s. These recordings are a donation to the Sacred Harp singing community by Elder Fletcher and Joyce Pool of Ordway, Colorado. Research continues into who sang on these records and when they were made.
Dan writes: "This was always a small singing maybe 30; but usually good quality.
You can hear Buell, Hugh, Buford, Charlene and some of the other
Uploaded 25 March 2011
Uploaded 26 Sept 2010