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Soul Stirrers- Lord, Remember Me(Eddie Huffman)
Soul Stirrers- Lord, Remember Me(Eddie Huffman)
Published: 2009/03/15
Channel: DaEnTaPrise
The Soul Stirrers - "I
The Soul Stirrers - "I'm a Soldier"
Published: 2010/04/06
Channel: shanachietube
Nearer My God To Thee - Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers
Nearer My God To Thee - Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers
Published: 2009/01/17
Channel: funkeyjunk
Soul Stirrers 1989 Lift Him Up
Soul Stirrers 1989 Lift Him Up
Published: 2008/01/12
Channel: dshock11
soul stirrers-stand by me
soul stirrers-stand by me
Published: 2009/03/19
Channel: DaEnTaPrise
The soul stirrers - He Did It for Me - Live - Gospel
The soul stirrers - He Did It for Me - Live - Gospel
Published: 2012/03/24
Channel: gospel
Soul Stirrer
Soul Stirrer's Medley - Martin Jacox, Will Rogers & Company
Published: 2012/09/24
Channel: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music
Stay With The Lord - The Soul Stirrers
Stay With The Lord - The Soul Stirrers
Published: 2017/06/04
Channel: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music
"He
"He's Been A Shelter For Me' Soul Stirrers/Paul Foster !! [Be Blessed]
Published: 2011/10/05
Channel: aflame4God
"Stand By Me Father" - The Soul Stirrers
"Stand By Me Father" - The Soul Stirrers
Published: 2015/01/26
Channel: ABKCO Records/Films
The Soul Stirrers feat Arthur Crume - Touch The Hem Of His Garment
The Soul Stirrers feat Arthur Crume - Touch The Hem Of His Garment
Published: 2011/10/07
Channel: IUSECAMERAS
The Soul Stirrers:Oh What a Meeting.flv
The Soul Stirrers:Oh What a Meeting.flv
Published: 2011/12/13
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The Soul Stirrers:  Never Turn Back
The Soul Stirrers: Never Turn Back
Published: 2008/07/11
Channel: PurpleSnowman29
Soul Stirrers - I
Soul Stirrers - I'm A Pilgrim
Published: 2008/04/17
Channel: bcimasschoir
Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers- Be With Me Jesus Live at The Shrine Auditorium in 1955.
Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers- Be With Me Jesus Live at The Shrine Auditorium in 1955.
Published: 2011/08/05
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The Soul Stirrers - Wonderful (Sam Cooke)
The Soul Stirrers - Wonderful (Sam Cooke)
Published: 2008/07/03
Channel: dalkey130388
Touch The Hem Of His Garment - Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers
Touch The Hem Of His Garment - Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers
Published: 2011/04/11
Channel: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music
The Soul Stirrers feat Arthur Crume - He
The Soul Stirrers feat Arthur Crume - He'll Welcome Me
Published: 2011/10/07
Channel: IUSECAMERAS
Somebody Knows - The Soul Stirrers
Somebody Knows - The Soul Stirrers
Published: 2017/06/04
Channel: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music
Farther Along - Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers
Farther Along - Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers
Published: 2011/12/21
Channel: Charlotte Lewinsky
Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers - Lord Remember Me
Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers - Lord Remember Me
Published: 2013/04/08
Channel: Nostalgicjukebox
The Soul Stirrers
The Soul Stirrers
Published: 2015/02/01
Channel: Tom Meros
"He
"He's Been A Shelter For Me & I'm A Soldier" - By The Soul Stirrers
Published: 2011/05/29
Channel: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music
The Soul Stirrers & The Gospel Legends Live/The Last Mile of the Way
The Soul Stirrers & The Gospel Legends Live/The Last Mile of the Way
Published: 2016/11/27
Channel: Truegospelman
The Soul Stirrers ‐ Listen To The Angels Sing
The Soul Stirrers ‐ Listen To The Angels Sing
Published: 2015/01/14
Channel: masa rabbit
The soul stirrers - New Jerusalem - Live - Gospel
The soul stirrers - New Jerusalem - Live - Gospel
Published: 2012/03/25
Channel: gospel
"If I Had A Hammer" (1967) Soul Stirrers
"If I Had A Hammer" (1967) Soul Stirrers
Published: 2014/02/18
Channel: Gospel Nostalgia
The Soul Stirrers "Striving" (1970)
The Soul Stirrers "Striving" (1970)
Published: 2015/03/22
Channel: Gospel Explosion
The soul stirrers - By His Grace - Live - Gospel
The soul stirrers - By His Grace - Live - Gospel
Published: 2012/03/24
Channel: gospel
The Soul Stirrers (Martin Jacox) - Free At Last
The Soul Stirrers (Martin Jacox) - Free At Last
Published: 2012/01/01
Channel: spinning45s
The Soul Stirrers / So glad he
The Soul Stirrers / So glad he's on my side
Published: 2015/03/06
Channel: Antonio Oinotna
The Soul Stirrers Feat. R.H. Harris - Feel Like My Time Ain
The Soul Stirrers Feat. R.H. Harris - Feel Like My Time Ain't Long
Published: 2011/06/27
Channel: kevinthemaster225
Soul Stirrers -Interview With A Legend
Soul Stirrers -Interview With A Legend
Published: 2009/04/10
Channel: DaEnTaPrise
The Soul Stirrers / Glory Bound Train
The Soul Stirrers / Glory Bound Train
Published: 2016/04/20
Channel: Antonio Oinotna
The Soul Stirrers "Touch Walk Along With Me" (1987)
The Soul Stirrers "Touch Walk Along With Me" (1987)
Published: 2013/11/11
Channel: Gospel Explosion
The Soul Stirrers - He
The Soul Stirrers - He's A Friend Of Mine (Album 1972)
Published: 2012/01/29
Channel: Gospel Explosion
The soul stirrers - Jesus Be a Fence - Live - Gospel
The soul stirrers - Jesus Be a Fence - Live - Gospel
Published: 2012/03/25
Channel: gospel
Johnnie Taylor and The Soul Stirrers -When the gates swing open
Johnnie Taylor and The Soul Stirrers -When the gates swing open
Published: 2009/05/21
Channel: Tjmministries T. Moore
Shine On Me - The Soul Stirrers Featuring R.H. Harris
Shine On Me - The Soul Stirrers Featuring R.H. Harris
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music
Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers - That
Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers - That's Heaven To Me
Published: 2013/04/08
Channel: Nostalgicjukebox
Oh, What A Meeting - The Soul Stirrers, "A City Called Heaven"
Oh, What A Meeting - The Soul Stirrers, "A City Called Heaven"
Published: 2013/11/13
Channel: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music
Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers - He
Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers - He's My Guide (Take 13)
Published: 2013/04/07
Channel: Nostalgicjukebox
The Soul Stirrers - I
The Soul Stirrers - I'm Staying Here With Jesus (1982) HD
Published: 2012/04/05
Channel: Gospel Explosion
The Soul Stirrers - Peace Be Still
The Soul Stirrers - Peace Be Still
Published: 2012/09/25
Channel: Gospel Explosion
The Soul Stirrers /  Butterfly
The Soul Stirrers / Butterfly
Published: 2015/03/06
Channel: Antonio Oinotna
The Soul Stirrers -  Hey Brother
The Soul Stirrers - Hey Brother
Published: 2013/10/13
Channel: DooWop Darrell
The Soul Stirrers - Glory Bound Train (1982) HD
The Soul Stirrers - Glory Bound Train (1982) HD
Published: 2012/04/05
Channel: Gospel Explosion
Stand By Me Father (SAR 101) with Johnnie Taylor lead singer - The Soul Stirrers
Stand By Me Father (SAR 101) with Johnnie Taylor lead singer - The Soul Stirrers
Published: 2012/08/11
Channel: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music
The Soul Stirrers - Well Done (Album 1966)
The Soul Stirrers - Well Done (Album 1966)
Published: 2012/02/04
Channel: Gospel Explosion
Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers - Be With Me Jesus
Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers - Be With Me Jesus
Published: 2013/04/09
Channel: Nostalgicjukebox
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The Soul Stirrers
Origin Trinity, Texas, United States
Genres Gospel
Years active 1926-1960s
Members Willie Rogers
Ben Odom
Gene Stewart
Michael Grady Jr.
Past members

Sam Cooke
Paul Foster
Jesse J. Farley
Johnnie Taylor
Jimmy Outler
Lou Rawls
Martin Jacox
Thomas Breuster
Jackie Banks
Roy Crain
R.H. Harris
Bob King
Julius Cheeks
James Phelps


Arthur Crume
Leroy Crume
Dillard Crume
Rufus Crume
James Davis
James Hardy
Frank Davis
Calvin Henderson (Drummer)
Luther Gamble
Eddie Huffman
Justin Morris
Jackie Heard
Glenn Darden (Drummer)
Gary Blackshear (Drummer)

The Soul Stirrers are an American gospel music group, whose career spans over eighty years. The group was a pioneer in the development of the quartet style of gospel, and a major influence of soul music, doo wop, and motown sound, some of the secular music that owed much to gospel.

The group was formed by Roy Crain, who had launched his first quartet, which sang in a jubilee style, in 1926 in Trinity, Texas. In the early 1930s, after Crain moved to Houston, he joined an existing group on the condition that it change its name to "the Soul Stirrers." The name "Soul Stirrers" yields from the description of one of Roy Crain's earlier quartets as "soul-stirring". Among the members of that group was R. (Reubert) H. Harris, who soon became its musical leader. The Soul Stirrers formed as a Jubilee quartet, transformed their sound, influenced by many hard gospel singers such as Mahalia Jackson and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Reubert Harris, also from Trinity, Texas, brought several changes to the Soul Stirrers that affected gospel quartet singing generally. He used a falsetto style that had its antecedents in African music, but which was new to the popular jubilee singing style of the time. He pioneered the "swing lead", in which two singers would share the job of leading the song, allowing virtuoso singers to increase the emotional intensity of the song as the lead passed between them without disturbing the four part harmony. That innovation led the Soul Stirrers, while still called a quartet, to acquire five members.

The Soul Stirrers made other important changes in those years: ad-libbing lyrics, singing in delayed time, and repeating words in the background as both a rhythmic and emotional support for the lead singers. The Soul Stirrers along with other quartet performers, dropped the "flatfooted" style of jubilee quartets before them and expanded their repertoire from spirituals and traditional hymns to the newer gospel compositions. The group also loosened the rigid arrangements that jubilee quartets had favored to permit individual singers within the group more space for individual development.

In 1936, Alan Lomax recorded the Soul Stirrers for the Library of Congress's American music project, and those four unissued recordings are in the American Folklife Center collection today. They later moved to Chicago, where they broadcast a weekly radio show (WIND) with other famous groups including Golden Gate Quartet, and The Famous Blue Jay Singers. As the gospel quartet style of singing became more popular, groups would perform in competitions called "song battles" to further increase the genre's popularity.

As World War II began, it became more difficult for many gospel quartet groups to make a living. This resulted in some quartets supplementing their income by doing "live performances at churches, schools and neighborhood centers," (Rubin). Despite the economic situation, throughout the 1940s and leading into the 1950s, many gospel quartet groups were able to pursue their careers successfully. The Soul Stirrer's nationwide touring gained them an even larger audience.

The Soul Stirrers signed with Specialty Records, where they recorded a number of tracks, including "By and By" and "In that Awful Hour". Harris quit in late 1950 to form a new group, citing dissatisfaction with what he viewed as the crookedness of the business and immoral behaviour by musicians he saw on the "Gospel Highway" touring circuit. He was briefly replaced on lead by Paul Foster, then by Sam Cooke.

One of the early singles with Cooke was "Jesus Gave Me Water", a major hit that brought the Soul Stirrers acclaim. Thomas L. Breuster was replaced by Bob King and, briefly, Julius Cheeks. When Cooke left in 1957 to pursue a career in pop music, the Soul Stirrers' preeminence in gospel was essentially over, though a brief period of success with Johnnie Taylor sustained the group for a time. Various line-ups continued touring and recording throughout the last half of the century to a small and devoted following. The group — and all of its members — was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 as one of rock's Early Influences, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Tony Heilbut, The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times. Limelight Editions, 1997, ISBN 0-87910-034-6.
  • Horace Clarence Boyer, How Sweet the Sound: The Golden Age of Gospel. Elliott and Clark, 1995, ISBN 0-252-06877-7.
  • Jerry Zolten, Great God A' Mighty!:The Dixie Hummingbirds - Celebrating The Rise Of Soul Gospel Music, Oxford University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-19-515272-7.
  • Michael Corcoran, "All Over The Map: True Heroes of Texas Music". Austin: University of Texas, 2005.
  • Peter Guralnick, "Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke". New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2005.
  • Rachel Rubin ed., "American Popular Music". Amherst: University of Massachusetts, 2001.
  • Daniel Wolff, "You Send Me". New York: William Morrow and Company, 1995.
  • Mark Burford, "Soul Stirrers" in Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music. New York: Routledge, 2005.

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