Sunday, July 8, 2012

Standard African American Funeral Songs, Part I

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part I of a two part series of standard songs for African American funerals.

Click for Part II of this series.

I don't mean to imply that these are the only songs that are sung at home going ceremonies (funerals) for African Americans.

The content of this post is presented for religious and aesthetic purposes. The copyrights remain with their owners.

My thanks to the vocalists and musicians who performed in these videos. My thanks also to the composers, videographers, and uploaders of these featured videos.

(These videos are posted in no particular order.)

Video #1: The Caravans - Lord Keep Me Day By Day

Uploaded by DaSourcespr06, May 07, 2008

The Original version of The Caravans flagship song "Lord Keep Me Day by Day" feat. Eddie Williams. ca.1958


"Lord Keep Me Day By Day" was written by Eddie Williams. Click for the lyrics to this song.


Video #2: Aretha FRANKLIN - "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" (1984/LIVE)

yaskam, Uploaded on Mar 23, 2009

Thanks to WADE ! Aretha reaches for Gospel. "WITH HER SOARING VOICE and sometimes fiery abandon, Aretha Franklin has had a long, variable but frequently incandescent career. She's been a queen of soul, she's sung jazz and the blues, but the basis of her style has been gospel music (...)

-snip- This song is also known as "Take My Hand Precious Lord". Click for a video of a rendition of this song by its composer Thomas Dorsey. Also click,%20Precious%20Lord%20Lyrics.html for the lyrics to this song.


Video #3: Lauryn Hill & Tanya Blount- "His Eye Is On The Sparrow"

uploaded by melinda974 | August 19, 2007


Click for information about "His Eye Is On The Sparrow". Also click for lyrics to this song


Video #4: Mahalia Jackson - Amazing Grace

Uploaded by Taddypoe on Mar 9, 2007

The Queen of Gospel breaking down Amazing Grace.


Click for lyrics to this song.


Video #5: I'll Fly Away

Uploaded by souloptics on Sep 3, 2009

Greatness of Gospel 2009 (I'll Fly Away) -snip-

Click for a rare film clip of Rock & Roll vocalist Jackie Wilson singing a faster tempo version of "I'll Fly Away". And click for a montage of vintage African American photographs and a performance of "I'll Fly Away" by Blues guitarist Mississippi John Hurt.

Also, click for the lyrics to "I'll Fly Away".


UPDATE: 1/16/2013


Click Gospel By Walter Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, & Tramaine Hawkins, particularly for the song "Going Up Yonder".

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