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The Golden Gate Quartet Collection

Building on a tradition of vocal harmonies and syncopated rhythms, The Golden Gate Quartet not only popularized Gospel music but helped lay the foundations of Rock and Roll.

Golden Gate Quartet

81 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 19 hours, 32 min)
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Jazz is called the American Art Form, but jazz influences are regional. To many, the purest form of jazz is the Dixieland sound which had its genesis with the brass bands formed by inner-city blacks in New Orleans using instruments abandoned by military units on the New Orleans docks at the end of the Spanish American War. The Delta Blues arose as Dixieland came up the river and fused with Scott Joplin's Ragtime, the mournful sounds of downtrodden black field workers, and the slide guitar of Nashville Bluegrass and country gospel. When the Blues reached Chicago, they developed a rye-soaked nightclub quality and Chicago Blues moved East to Harlem where it became polished and even commercial.

Golden Gate QuartetAnother musical tradition arose in the working-class neighborhoods of larger American cities, practiced by young men who received their first musical training at their neighborhood churches and then took their sound to the front stoops and staircases of the town. These youngsters, from black households but also the sons of Italian and Puerto Rican immigrants, usually did not have access to instruments but would listen to the radio in addition to the vocal training at their churches. They learned to imitate the sounds of a Jazz Quartet using just their voices. When these groups, especially the black ones, sang religious and spiritual songs, their style became known as Jubilee Music. In the late Forties, especially as more white groups became popular, the sound was called Doo-Wop.

Four friends who attended Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia, began singing together in 1935 as The Golden Gate Jubilee Singers (not only did they predate the term Doo-Wop, when they began singing together San Francisco still did not have a bridge named for the group). Willie Johnson took the baritone parts, William Langford and Henry Owens handled tenor and second tenor duties, and the group was anchored by Orlandus Williams' bass.

The 'Gates became popular for local church services and on local Norfolk radio. Their early stylings were closer to Barbershop harmonies, but they soon began employing Jazz elements like syncopated rhythms and scat singing. The landed a regular spot on WIS Columbia, South Carolina, and further expanded their sound by using their voices to imitate instruments; Williams's "boom-boom" bottom replaced the string bass and the tenor's occasion "shang-a-langs" hit the guitar parts. Any of the parts might belt out a "dooo -wop -wop" brass riff.

Golden Gat QuartetA contract with Bluebird Records and a regular spot on WBT Charlotte, North Carolina in 1937 were signs that the 'Gates were headed for the big time. The appeared at Carnegie Hall in 1938 with John Hammond's From Spirituals to Swing review. They remained in New York City, becoming the house act at the Café Society nightclub. In 1940, the group signed with Columbia's Okeh Records and changed their name to The Golden Gate Quartet. They began the syndicated radio program included in this collection and were invited to perform at FDR's 1941 inauguration (becoming the first black act to perform at Constitution Hall), and Eleanor Roosevelt would invite them to the White House on several occasions.

As it would with many other acts, the War took a toll on the Golden Gate Quartet. Johnson and Wilson were drafted into the Navy. The group reformed after the War but had been supplanted by other "hard gospel" groups like The Dixie Hummingbirds and The Soul Stirrers. A slightly reformed Golden Gate Quartet toured Europe in 1955 to popular success. While performing in Paris in 1959, the group was visited backstage by an American Soldier on furlough from his unit in Germany, Cpl Elvis Presley. Elvis had been a fan of the Golden Gate Quartet since childhood, and when he met up with them in Paris he not only remained for the show, he moved into their hotel to sing with them. 

Although the lineup has changed over the years, the Golden Gate Quartet is still active.

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    81 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 19 hours, 32 min
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    total playtime 19 hours, 32 min
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    1. 81 shows - total playtime 19 hours 32 minutes
    2. GGQ 400108 001 Religion is a Fortune.mp3
    3. GGQ 400115 002 I Want to Walk with Thee.mp3
    4. GGQ 400122 003 The Boll Weevil Song.mp3
    5. GGQ 400129 004 When Johnny Comes Marching Home.mp3
    6. GGQ 400206 005 Walk in Jerusalem Just Like John.mp3
    7. GGQ 400213 006 All Over This World.mp3
    8. GGQ 400220 007 Shell be Coming Round the Mountain.mp3
    9. GGQ 400227 008 Red River Valley.mp3
    10. GGQ 400305 009 Lord, Lord, Lord.mp3
    11. GGQ 400312 010 Hallelujah (Wholl Join the Union).mp3
    12. GGQ 400319 011 Yankee Doodle.mp3
    13. GGQ 400326 012 Ghost Riders in the Sky.mp3
    14. GGQ 400402 013 Judgment Day.mp3
    15. GGQ 400409 014 Rock My Soul.mp3
    16. GGQ 400416 015 Good News, the Chariots Coming.mp3
    17. GGQ 400423 016 Going to Heaven.mp3
    18. GGQ 400430 017 Hallelujah, Im a Bum.mp3
    19. GGQ 400507 018 This Train (Is Bound for Glory).mp3
    20. GGQ 400514 019 Get on Board Little Children.mp3
    21. GGQ 400521 020 Soon, I Will be Done.mp3
    22. GGQ 400611 023 Miss Lucy Long.mp3
    23. GGQ 400618 024 Were Alabamy Bound.mp3
    24. GGQ 400625 025 I Know My Good Lords Been Here.mp3
    25. GGQ 400702 026 You Gonna Miss Me (When Im Gone).mp3
    26. GGQ 400709 027 Blow the Man Down.mp3
    27. GGQ 400716 028 The Monkeys Wedding.mp3
    28. GGQ 400723 029.mp3
    29. GGQ 400730 030 Got on My Traveling Shoes.mp3
    30. GGQ 400806 031 Behold the Bridegroom Cometh.mp3
    31. GGQ 400813 032 John Was a Writer.mp3
    32. GGQ 400820 033 Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal.mp3
    33. GGQ 400827 034 Reuben and Rachel.mp3
    34. GGQ 400903 035 Its Me, Oh Lord.mp3
    35. GGQ 400910 036 Every Time I Feel the Spirit.mp3
    36. GGQ 401001 039 Walking in the Light of God.mp3
    37. GGQ 401008 040 Dip Your Fingers in Some Water.mp3
    38. GGQ 401112 045 King Jesus is a-listening.mp3
    39. GGQ 401119 046 Moses Smote the Water.mp3
    40. GGQ 401126 047 Turkey in the Straw.mp3
    41. GGQ 401203 048 Fare Thee Well.mp3
    42. GGQ 401217 050 Babylons Falling.mp3
    43. GGQ 401224 051 Lord I Cant Stay Away.mp3
    44. GGQ 401231 052 When the Love Comes Trickling Down.mp3
    45. GGQ 410107 053 I Aint Gonna be Treated This Way.mp3
    46. GGQ 410114 054 Pop Goes the Weasel.mp3
    47. GGQ 410204 057 Ring, Ring the Banjo.mp3
    48. GGQ 410211 058 Whoa, Back, Buck.mp3
    49. GGQ 410218 059 Daniel Saw the Stone.mp3
    50. GGQ 410225 060 Motherless Child When Mother is Gone.mp3
    51. GGQ 410304 061 Oh Mary, Dont You Weep.mp3
    52. GGQ 410311 062 King Jesus is a Rock in the Weary Land.mp3
    53. GGQ 410318 063 Barbara Allen.mp3
    54. GGQ 410325 064 Camp Town races.mp3
    55. GGQ 410401 065 Go and Ill Go with You.mp3
    56. GGQ 410408 066 He Took My Sins Away.mp3
    57. GGQ 410415 067 Careless Love.mp3
    58. GGQ 410422 068 Poor Lazarus.mp3
    59. GGQ 410429 069 When the General Roll is Called.mp3
    60. GGQ 410506 070 Wont There be One Happy Time.mp3
    61. GGQ 410513 071 See, Cant You Jump for Joy.mp3
    62. GGQ 410520 072 Lean On Me.mp3
    63. GGQ 410527 073 Buckeye Jim.mp3
    64. GGQ 410603 074 Kevin Barry.mp3
    65. GGQ 410610 075 I Opened My Mouth to the Lord.mp3
    66. GGQ 410617 076 When They Ring Them Golden Bells.mp3
    67. GGQ 410624 077 Pony Boy.mp3
    68. GGQ 410701 078 Annie Laurie.mp3
    69. GGQ 410708 079 Roll, Jordon, Roll.mp3
    70. GGQ 410715 080 Hard Trials And Great Tribulations.mp3
    71. GGQ 410722 081 Darby Ram.mp3
    72. GGQ 410729 082 Dont You Talk About It.mp3
    73. GGQ 410930 091 Tell All the World, John.mp3
    74. GGQ 411007 092 Free at Last.mp3
    75. GGQ 411028 095 When I Die.mp3
    76. GGQ 411104 096 Lord, Come by Here.mp3
    77. GGQ 411125 099 I Dont Care Where They Bury My Body.mp3
    78. GGQ 411202 100 Roll The Old Chariot Along.mp3
    79. GGQ 411209 101 One Morning Soon.mp3
    80. GGQ 411216 102 Great Change Since Ive Been Born.mp3
    81. GGQ 420203 109 When the Moon Goes Down in the Valley of Time.mp3
    82. GGQ 420210 110 Gods Gonna Build Up Zions Wall.mp3
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    81 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 19 hours, 32 min
    81 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 19 hours, 32 min
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    1. 81 shows - total playtime 19 hours 32 minutes
    2. GGQ 400108 001 Religion is a Fortune.mp3
    3. GGQ 400115 002 I Want to Walk with Thee.mp3
    4. GGQ 400122 003 The Boll Weevil Song.mp3
    5. GGQ 400129 004 When Johnny Comes Marching Home.mp3
    6. GGQ 400206 005 Walk in Jerusalem Just Like John.mp3
    7. GGQ 400213 006 All Over This World.mp3
    8. GGQ 400220 007 Shell be Coming Round the Mountain.mp3
    9. GGQ 400227 008 Red River Valley.mp3
    10. GGQ 400305 009 Lord, Lord, Lord.mp3
    11. GGQ 400312 010 Hallelujah (Wholl Join the Union).mp3
    12. GGQ 400319 011 Yankee Doodle.mp3
    13. GGQ 400326 012 Ghost Riders in the Sky.mp3
    14. GGQ 400402 013 Judgment Day.mp3
    15. GGQ 400409 014 Rock My Soul.mp3
    16. GGQ 400416 015 Good News, the Chariots Coming.mp3
    17. GGQ 400423 016 Going to Heaven.mp3
    18. GGQ 400430 017 Hallelujah, Im a Bum.mp3
    19. GGQ 400507 018 This Train (Is Bound for Glory).mp3
    20. GGQ 400514 019 Get on Board Little Children.mp3
    21. GGQ 400521 020 Soon, I Will be Done.mp3
    22. GGQ 400611 023 Miss Lucy Long.mp3
    23. GGQ 400618 024 Were Alabamy Bound.mp3
    24. GGQ 400625 025 I Know My Good Lords Been Here.mp3
    25. GGQ 400702 026 You Gonna Miss Me (When Im Gone).mp3
    26. GGQ 400709 027 Blow the Man Down.mp3
    27. GGQ 400716 028 The Monkeys Wedding.mp3
    28. GGQ 400723 029.mp3
    29. GGQ 400730 030 Got on My Traveling Shoes.mp3
    30. GGQ 400806 031 Behold the Bridegroom Cometh.mp3
    31. GGQ 400813 032 John Was a Writer.mp3
    32. GGQ 400820 033 Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal.mp3
    33. GGQ 400827 034 Reuben and Rachel.mp3
    34. GGQ 400903 035 Its Me, Oh Lord.mp3
    35. GGQ 400910 036 Every Time I Feel the Spirit.mp3
    36. GGQ 401001 039 Walking in the Light of God.mp3
    37. GGQ 401008 040 Dip Your Fingers in Some Water.mp3
    38. GGQ 401112 045 King Jesus is a-listening.mp3
    39. GGQ 401119 046 Moses Smote the Water.mp3
    40. GGQ 401126 047 Turkey in the Straw.mp3
    41. GGQ 401203 048 Fare Thee Well.mp3
    42. GGQ 401217 050 Babylons Falling.mp3
    43. GGQ 401224 051 Lord I Cant Stay Away.mp3
    44. GGQ 401231 052 When the Love Comes Trickling Down.mp3
    45. GGQ 410107 053 I Aint Gonna be Treated This Way.mp3
    46. GGQ 410114 054 Pop Goes the Weasel.mp3
    47. GGQ 410204 057 Ring, Ring the Banjo.mp3
    48. GGQ 410211 058 Whoa, Back, Buck.mp3
    49. GGQ 410218 059 Daniel Saw the Stone.mp3
    50. GGQ 410225 060 Motherless Child When Mother is Gone.mp3
    51. GGQ 410304 061 Oh Mary, Dont You Weep.mp3
    52. GGQ 410311 062 King Jesus is a Rock in the Weary Land.mp3
    53. GGQ 410318 063 Barbara Allen.mp3
    54. GGQ 410325 064 Camp Town races.mp3
    55. GGQ 410401 065 Go and Ill Go with You.mp3
    56. GGQ 410408 066 He Took My Sins Away.mp3
    57. GGQ 410415 067 Careless Love.mp3
    58. GGQ 410422 068 Poor Lazarus.mp3
    59. GGQ 410429 069 When the General Roll is Called.mp3
    60. GGQ 410506 070 Wont There be One Happy Time.mp3
    61. GGQ 410513 071 See, Cant You Jump for Joy.mp3
    62. GGQ 410520 072 Lean On Me.mp3
    63. GGQ 410527 073 Buckeye Jim.mp3
    64. GGQ 410603 074 Kevin Barry.mp3
    65. GGQ 410610 075 I Opened My Mouth to the Lord.mp3
    66. GGQ 410617 076 When They Ring Them Golden Bells.mp3
    67. GGQ 410624 077 Pony Boy.mp3
    68. GGQ 410701 078 Annie Laurie.mp3
    69. GGQ 410708 079 Roll, Jordon, Roll.mp3
    70. GGQ 410715 080 Hard Trials And Great Tribulations.mp3
    71. GGQ 410722 081 Darby Ram.mp3
    72. GGQ 410729 082 Dont You Talk About It.mp3
    73. GGQ 410930 091 Tell All the World, John.mp3
    74. GGQ 411007 092 Free at Last.mp3
    75. GGQ 411028 095 When I Die.mp3
    76. GGQ 411104 096 Lord, Come by Here.mp3
    77. GGQ 411125 099 I Dont Care Where They Bury My Body.mp3
    78. GGQ 411202 100 Roll The Old Chariot Along.mp3
    79. GGQ 411209 101 One Morning Soon.mp3
    80. GGQ 411216 102 Great Change Since Ive Been Born.mp3
    81. GGQ 420203 109 When the Moon Goes Down in the Valley of Time.mp3
    82. GGQ 420210 110 Gods Gonna Build Up Zions Wall.mp3
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    81 recordings on 21 Audio CDs. Total playtime 19 hours, 32 min
    81 recordings on 21 Audio CDs
    total playtime 19 hours, 32 min

    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A001

    1. GGQ 400108 001 Religion is a Fortune
    2. GGQ 400115 002 I Want to Walk with Thee
    3. GGQ 400122 003 The Boll Weevil Song
    4. GGQ 400129 004 When Johnny Comes Marching Home

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A002

    1. GGQ 400206 005 Walk in Jerusalem Just Like John
    2. GGQ 400213 006 All Over This World
    3. GGQ 400220 007 Shell be Coming Round the Mountain
    4. GGQ 400227 008 Red River Valley

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A003

    1. GGQ 400305 009 Lord, Lord, Lord
    2. GGQ 400312 010 Hallelujah (Wholl Join the Union)
    3. GGQ 400319 011 Yankee Doodle
    4. GGQ 400326 012 Ghost Riders in the Sky

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A004

    1. GGQ 400402 013 Judgment Day
    2. GGQ 400409 014 Rock My Soul
    3. GGQ 400416 015 Good News, the Chariots Coming
    4. GGQ 400423 016 Going to Heaven

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A005

    1. GGQ 400430 017 Hallelujah, Im a Bum
    2. GGQ 400507 018 This Train (Is Bound for Glory)
    3. GGQ 400514 019 Get on Board Little Children
    4. GGQ 400521 020 Soon, I Will be Done

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A006

    1. GGQ 400611 023 Miss Lucy Long
    2. GGQ 400618 024 Were Alabamy Bound
    3. GGQ 400625 025 I Know My Good Lords Been Here
    4. GGQ 400702 026 You Gonna Miss Me (When Im Gone)

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A007

    1. GGQ 400709 027 Blow the Man Down
    2. GGQ 400716 028 The Monkeys Wedding
    3. GGQ 400723 029
    4. GGQ 400730 030 Got on My Traveling Shoes

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A008

    1. GGQ 400806 031 Behold the Bridegroom Cometh
    2. GGQ 400813 032 John Was a Writer
    3. GGQ 400820 033 Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal
    4. GGQ 400827 034 Reuben and Rachel

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A009

    1. GGQ 400903 035 Its Me, Oh Lord
    2. GGQ 400910 036 Every Time I Feel the Spirit
    3. GGQ 401001 039 Walking in the Light of God
    4. GGQ 401008 040 Dip Your Fingers in Some Water

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A010

    1. GGQ 401112 045 King Jesus is a-listening
    2. GGQ 401119 046 Moses Smote the Water
    3. GGQ 401126 047 Turkey in the Straw
    4. GGQ 401203 048 Fare Thee Well

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A011

    1. GGQ 401217 050 Babylons Falling
    2. GGQ 401224 051 Lord I Cant Stay Away
    3. GGQ 401231 052 When the Love Comes Trickling Down
    4. GGQ 410107 053 I Aint Gonna be Treated This Way

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A012

    1. GGQ 410114 054 Pop Goes the Weasel
    2. GGQ 410204 057 Ring, Ring the Banjo
    3. GGQ 410211 058 Whoa, Back, Buck
    4. GGQ 410218 059 Daniel Saw the Stone

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A013

    1. GGQ 410225 060 Motherless Child When Mother is Gone
    2. GGQ 410304 061 Oh Mary, Dont You Weep
    3. GGQ 410311 062 King Jesus is a Rock in the Weary Land
    4. GGQ 410318 063 Barbara Allen

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A014

    1. GGQ 410325 064 Camp Town races
    2. GGQ 410401 065 Go and Ill Go with You
    3. GGQ 410408 066 He Took My Sins Away
    4. GGQ 410415 067 Careless Love

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A015

    1. GGQ 410422 068 Poor Lazarus
    2. GGQ 410429 069 When the General Roll is Called
    3. GGQ 410506 070 Wont There be One Happy Time
    4. GGQ 410513 071 See, Cant You Jump for Joy

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A016

    1. GGQ 410520 072 Lean On Me
    2. GGQ 410527 073 Buckeye Jim
    3. GGQ 410603 074 Kevin Barry
    4. GGQ 410610 075 I Opened My Mouth to the Lord

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A017

    1. GGQ 410617 076 When They Ring Them Golden Bells
    2. GGQ 410624 077 Pony Boy
    3. GGQ 410701 078 Annie Laurie
    4. GGQ 410708 079 Roll, Jordon, Roll

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A018

    1. GGQ 410715 080 Hard Trials And Great Tribulations
    2. GGQ 410722 081 Darby Ram
    3. GGQ 410729 082 Dont You Talk About It
    4. GGQ 410930 091 Tell All the World, John

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A019

    1. GGQ 411007 092 Free at Last
    2. GGQ 411028 095 When I Die
    3. GGQ 411104 096 Lord, Come by Here
    4. GGQ 411125 099 I Dont Care Where They Bury My Body

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A020

    1. GGQ 411202 100 Roll The Old Chariot Along
    2. GGQ 411209 101 One Morning Soon
    3. GGQ 411216 102 Great Change Since Ive Been Born
    4. GGQ 420203 109 When the Moon Goes Down in the Valley of Time

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    Golden Gate Quartet Disc A021

    1. GGQ 420210 110 Gods Gonna Build Up Zions Wall

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