Thursday, May 14, 2015

"All My Sins Been Taken Away" (sound files & video examples)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part series on the African American religious song "All My Sins Been Taken Away" and "All My Sins Are Taken Away. Part II features six YouTube sound files and videos of this song.

Click for Part I of this post. Part I provides an excerpt from Howard W. Odum's 1912 book "Religious Folk-Songs Of The Southern Negroes". This excerpt includes some of Howard W. Odum's general comments about Spirituals and provides comments about and lyrics for the song "All My Sins Done Taken Away."

The content of this post is presented for folkloric, cultural, and religious purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to the unnamed persons who composed this song and thanks to Howard W. Odum for collecting and publishing the lyrics to this song. Thanks also to all those who are featured in these videos and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

These examples are presented in chronological order based on their publishing date on YouTube with the oldest examples given first. I also included a description of the race of the singing groups.

Example #1: All My Sins Been Taken Away

GRPCworship Uploaded on Feb 24, 2009

GRPC Worship 2-22-09
multi-racial choir

Example #2: Buffalo Ragged Five All Of My Sins Are Taken Away CHAMPION 16526

53jaybop, Uploaded on Sep 15, 2011

Richmond, IN Monday, October 24, 1932 Vocal quartet acc; unk g. AJ Skeen is named as royalty payee in Champion files and may have been member of the group.
White American religious group (from the 1930s)
“Black & White Depression-Era American Roots Music: How Time, Place, Need, and Culture Shaped the Contrasting Sounds of the Dixie Hummingbirds and the Buffalo Ragged Five”
By Jerry Zolten.
"In Depression-Era America, two religious performing groups - one Black, one White - found their way into the fledgling American "roots" music recording industry. Both entities considered themselves "spiritual entertainers" and both had designs on professional careers. Their backgrounds and styles could not have contrasted more. One group succeeded, one did not. This paper offers an account of the Dixie Hummingbirds and the Buffalo Ragged Five with a focus on how time, place, economic need, and cultural context - including racism - shaped the sound and career path of each. The Dixie Hummingbirds would go on to become Grammy-winning icons in the genre of African American gospel. The Buffalo Ragged Five would leave a legacy that lived on primarily within family and community."

Example #3: All my sins been taken away

Simon Lin, Published on Nov 25, 2012
Asian male choral group

Example #4: All my sins been taken away

praiseload, Published on May 9, 2013

multiracial male choral group (Asian males & one Black male)

Example #5: I.C. Glee Quartet- All My Sins Been Taken Away

Nico Fournier, Published on Jun 15, 2014

Black Vocal Groups- from 1920-1940 -For further information:
African American vocal group

Example #6: MY SINS ARE TAKEN AWAY - Gloria Bailey

Wesley Henry, Published on Sep 13, 2014
(Black) Jamaican
"Gloria Bailey is one of the most loved Jamaican gospel singers of the 60's & 70's - All our recordings were done under the Henry's Label - Her church did not believe in performing in Concerts so she did not appear on any big stage but her records sold all over Jamaica and in many places of the USA, Canada & England. Many Kids who used to listen when their parents played these songs are now grown and have pleasant memories of those precious moments -

Gloria is still alive and still singing - She has been thru some rough times in her life and although she is a household name among many Jamaica gospel song lovers she did not make a big living from her music - She did not really record them for money- It was all for the Lord."

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