Monday, February 2, 2015

Seven Examples Of "I Shall Not Be Moved" (African American Gospel Versions)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases seven examples of the African American Gospel song "I Shall Not Be Moved". Note that this religious song is sometimes considered an African American Spiritual. I believe that this song might have been composed after United States slavery. If that is the case, then I consider it an early Gospel song. In any event, the choirs and individual vocalists in the videos and sound files below sing "I Shall Not Be Moved" in various African American Gospel styles.

The content of this post is presented for religious, cultural, and aesthetic reasons.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are featured in these videos and thanks to the publishers of these videos and sound files on YouTube.

Click for an example of lyrics for this song. A sound file of Mississippi John Hurt singing "I Shall Not Be Moved" is also given below as Example #3.

Also, click for more comments about the song "I Shall Not Be Moved". My only disagreement with the editor of that blog is that he or she describes "I Shall Not Be Moved" as an American folk song. That said, technically all African American Spirituals and early Gospel songs which have no known composers can be considered American folk songs.

In addition, click for examples of the American union song and civil rights song "We Shall Not Be Moved".

These examples are presented in chronological order based on their publishing date on YouTube with the oldest example given first.

Example #1: "I shall not be moved"

Grebon007 Uploaded on Mar 11, 2008

Sister Daphine Davis and the New Mission Baptist Church Gospel choir of Fayetteville,NC

Example #2: Easternnaires and Sis. Walker I Shall Not Be Moved

pkteemax Uploaded on Aug 10, 2008

Easternnaires and Sis. Walker singing I Shall Not Be Moved at end of year concert

Example #3: i shall not be moved - Mississippi John Hurt

hirkyjerky Uploaded on Oct 9, 2009

Example #4: "Pops" Staples - I Shall Not Be Moved

Sam Collins Published on Apr 7, 2012

Example #5: The Calvanes - I Shall Not Be Moved (Live Acappella Gospel!)

bluesandrhythm, Published on Jun 18, 2012

Performed at UGHA November 1995. What a wonderful group!

Example #6: The Harmonizing Four -- I Shall Not Be Moved (

VintageMusicFm, Published on Oct 18, 2012

The Harmonizing Four was an American black gospel quartet organized in 1927 and reaching peak popularity during the decades immediately following World War II. ...

The group recorded for Decca Records in 1943 and toured in the postwar years, performing at such high-profile events as the 1944 National Baptist Convention, to an audience of 40,000; the funeral ceremony for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945; and the wedding ceremony of gospel star Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Russell Morrison, an event recorded for a live album to which the group contributed four songs. During this period the group recorded for different labels, including Chicago company Religious Recording, Coleman, and MGM. As of the early 1950s, they signed with Philadelphia's Gotham Records, where they recorded some 40 songs before moving on in 1957 to Chicago's Vee-Jay Records, where they experienced their greatest popularity. Smith retired in 1962, and following a period in the late 1960s of recording for various labels in various membership configurations, the group was essentially semi-retired for the ensuing decades.

Example #7: The Blind Boys of Alabama - "I Shall Not Be Moved" - Radio Woodstock 100.1 - 2/15/14

RadioWoodstock , Published on Mar 5, 2014

The Blind Boys of Alabama perform "I Shall Not Be Moved" at Bearsville Theater on Saturday, 2/15/14.
Filmed by: Laurie Osmond
Edited by: Dino Davaros

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