Edited by Azizi Powell
This post presents information about Gospel singer Albertina Walker and Gospel choir director Olanda Draper. This post also showcases a 1994 video of Albertina Walker and choir directed by Olanda Draper singing "O Lord, Remember Me".
The lyrics to "Lord Remember Me" as sung by Albertina Walker are included in this post. Selected viewer comments from this video's discussion thread are also included in this post.
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INFORMATION ABOUT ALBERTINA WALKER
"Albertina Walker (August 29, 1929 – October 8, 2010) was an American gospel singer, song writer, actress, and humanitarian. She was popularly referred to as the "Queen of Gospel Music"...
Walker was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ruben and Camille Coleman Walker. Her mother was born in Houston County, Georgia, and her father in Bibb County, Georgia. They moved to Chicago between 1917-1920 where they lived out their lives. Albertina had four siblings born in Bibb County and four born in Chicago. Albertina began singing in the youth choir at the West Point Baptist Church at an early age, and joined several Gospel groups thereafter...
Albertina was greatly influenced by Mahalia Jackson, her friend and confidante, whom Jackson took on the road when Albertina was just a teenager.
In the early 1950s Walker founded her own Gospel music group The Caravans, enlisting fellow singers from The Robert Anderson Singers (Ora Lee Hopkins, Elyse Yancey and Nellie Grace Daniels). The Caravans' membership has included: James Cleveland, Bessie Griffin, Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews, Loleatta Holloway, John McNeil, Cassietta George, and Delores Washington. Her discovery of these artists resulted in the nickname "Star Maker". Walker retired The Caravans in the late 1960s, performing as a solo artist."...
INFORMATION ABOUT O'LANDA DRAPER
"O'Landa Draper (September 29, 1963 – July 21, 1998) was a Grammy Award-winning Gospel music artist. He was the founder of the Associates Choir and is considered to be one of the top gospel artists of the 1990s. Draper was nominated for the Grammy Award, Stellar Awards and the Dove Award multiple times.
Draper was known for his choir directing style. Songs that were well known by fans of Draper's work were, "My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord", "Lift the Savior Up, "Stand Up", Gotta Feelin'", "He Touched Me", and "Give It Up".
LYRICS: HE WILL REMEMBER ME
(written by E.M. Bartlett)
When on the cross of Calvary, the Lord was crucified;
the mob stood 'round Him and mocked until He died.
Two thieves were nailed beside Him to share the agony,
but one of them cried out to Him, O Lord remember me.
Will the Lord remember me when I am called to go'
When I have crossed death's chilly sea, will He His love there show'
O yes, He heard my feeble cries, from bondage set me free,
and when I reach the pearly gates He will remember me.
Lee Garcia3 years ago
O, what a shame to kill Him there on that rugged cross;
but such a death was needed to rescue all the lost.
His blood made a ransom to set the captives free,
I know that I'm included and He will remember me.
At His dear feet I'm kneeling, my sins I now confess;
I bow in deep repentance, my soul He'll surely bless.
My blinded eyes He opens so that the light I see,
and when I reach the pearly gates, He will remember me.
posted by Lee Garcia, 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qj9o2AFa1c
Note that the song "Lord Remember Me" as sung by Albertina Walker and others is an adaptation of the hymn "He Will Remember Me" written by E.M. Bartlett in 1976 http://www.hymnary.org/text/when_on_the_cross_of_calvary_the_lord.
Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1y47AZQ6Jk for a YouTube video of a standard rendition of "He Will Remember Me".
SHOWCASE VIDEO: LORD REMEMBER ME, ALBERTINA WALKER
ADRIAN WILLIAMS, Uploaded on Jan 17, 2009
selected comments from this video's discussion thread:
1. Sally Crumpler
"That is just awesome. You can't get any better than old school gospel."
"This was another of Mahalia Jackson's standards....It's on her "Easter Sunday 1967 at Lincoln Center in NYC" concert album."
"That's O'landa Draper directing."
"oh my! this is such a memory! O'lando Draper directing and Albertina singing. I bet they both are having a ball in Heaven now!"
"Contemporary gospel is okay BUT nothing can beat the POWER of the traditional gospel in how it is arranged and delivered. It stops the world in it's tracks every time. Ms. Walker really delivered this."
"Isn't that Derrick Lee, Bobby Jones' music director on the piano??"
7. Barbara Hill
"A high spirit was flowing in Albertina singing this song. What a great performance.
There were lots of young people in this congregation, and you could feel the spirit moving in them. Praies God for remembering us all, and may Albertina's music continue to rein in this younger generation, we need to go back to the old time way. Please continue to share this type of music on youtube. Bless You~~~~~~~~~~~~~"
8. Meak Productions, Inc.
"Bruthas and Sistas.. THIS IS A RARE TREAT at the end of this video. It's not everyday you see Sis. Albertina CUT UP! She was about to LET LOOSE! I LOVE IT! Tina is like a Quiet Storm, and you can tell she be trying to keep her cool. But, when it hits her, IT'S OVER!.. Thanks for the Post. :) R.I.P. Dr. Walker."
9. mack toney
"THIS IS SUCH A NICE TRIBUTE TO A GREAT LADY OF GOD AND IM SURE THE LORD DID REMEMBER HER ON A FUN NOTE WE HAVE TO CREDIT THE CHIOR DIRECTOR HE DID HIS THING AND GAVE THAT RED SUITE A RUN FOR ITS MONEY. GOD BLESS YOU ALL"
"jUST FLAT OUT SINGING!!! Not running throughout the song."
"Flat out singing" is a compliment, meaning singing (sanging) soulfully without theatrical embellishments. (Read the comment given below as #15.)
11. Kensho Zazen
"What a great pouring out of the Spirit even online on you tube....what a blessing she was and is. Thank you for posting this"
12. Tony Blackrhino
"This Sista really knew how to put it down. That's why she was called The Queen Of Gospel following the death of the legendary Mahalia Jackson. After her own passing that same title was passed to the Great Pastor Shirley Caesar. Whoever the title passes to next (Which I hope happens no time soon) will have huge shoes to fill."
"The "Queen of Gospel"...gone, but will never be forgotten...thx for posting!"
"Love this oldie but goodie!! Plus really feeling the rasp in her voice! That's real singing right there! Nothing fancy just heart felt praise!!!"
"Love this song.. Jesus, what an awesome powerful choir!!"
17. Kwenza Mkhize
"The song i used to play when I was at Pmb South Africa. It would be on repeat for a very long time. It still blesses me even now! Praise The Lord!"
"Whew! Albertina you betta sang!! He will remember me! I'm so glad He saved me, and I don't have to go to hell with Satan! I can be with Jesus in heaven forever! And that O'lnda Draper better DIRECT!!"
19. Vincenzo Pietracatella
"There is a difference between singing a song and sangin a song. That difference is the presence of our Holy Spirit in the song. Albertina Walker was not a singer of song, rather she was a vessel thru which the Spirit freely flowed and blesses the saints."
20. Cameel Jackson
"OMG!!...The mu....sical director is beyond himself!!!!...Bless God for youtube!!!!"
21. Queenie.com Queen1958
"my god! that young man direct that choir full of the Spirit glory hallelujah! the musicians were awesome!"
"No voice like Albertina Walker's. So anointed!"
23. "Wow O`landa Draper is directing the choir and Albertina Walker are now both singing and directing in heaven RIP"
24. Gwen Holmes
"Nobody like Olanda Draper!!!!!"
25. Imeh Smith
Is he the conductor.....who went in for it‼️"
26. Gwen Holmes
"Olanda Draper was one of the best choir directors (Olanda Draper & the Associates) of his time. A native of Memphis, TN and rearranged and created some of the best choral songs we sing today. He was well known for his charismatic style of directorship"
27. Imeh Smith
Well Amen to him & that red suit conductor who went in....hard‼️"
"+Gwen Holmes Amen!! Never forget his service to the Lord Jesus he's so underrated today!"
29. Gwen Holmes
"So true Imeh"
"That choir was on point!"
31. D. Louis Gray
"Can anyone tell me where this recording was made? I heard it was made in Memphis (a few years before the Master called her into His Kingdom).
"It was recorded at the Greater Community Temple COGIC, O'Landa Draper's home church. Now I know why he was there haha"
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