Evangelist Willie Mae Ford Smith – I Believe I’ll Run On (Nashboro-7124) (1973)

“Nobody had Willie Mae’s volume or spirit.”

“Willie Mae Ford sang with such finesse.”

“the mother of all gospel singers.”

“anybody’s ideal of a gospel singer.”

Unvarnished début album by still-powerful 67 year-old, real deal gospel contralto, an immense influence on several generations of singers through widespread touring, evangelising and choir leading. Includes ecstatic piano, organ, bass and drum takes on  traditional and traditional-sounding originals.

Hallelujah! I only paid a pound for this last week at Demelza House.

PS: Check out her freakin’ grills in the lower right hand photo on the cover–just awesome.

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