The Comprehensive Gospel Music History Resource
The church hymn Uncloudy Days speaks of Heaven as a cloudless day where no storm clouds rise. Yet, many of the musical performers who have sung so passionately about that celestial place over the years, experienced hell on earth in their personal lives. Uncloudy Days concisely chronicles the lives - happy or sad -- of over 650 artists and personalities, the infamous and the forgotten, dating from 1900 to the present, in encyclopedia form.
Author Bil Carpenter conducted interviews with over 100 of them and many of these historical stories are told here for the very first time. From Philip Bailey's record label pressing him to make gospel music that sounded like his pop hit "Easy Lover" and a sex scandal that almost silenced the Boys Choir of Harlem to the circus-like exploitation of Gloria Spencer - billed as the world's largest gospel singer at 615 pounds - their stories are all here in the same place for the first time.
This music timeline includes a glossary of gospel terms, trivia questions, a listing of the best-selling gospel recordings of all time, songs that crossed over to the Billboard R&B chart and gospel Grammy, Dove and Stellar award winners. It is America's first true black gospel music encyclopedia and a welcome exploration into the roots of rock and roll and rhythm and blues music. Uncloudy Days is of interest to history buffs, black studies enthusiasts, as well as, devout and eclectic music lovers alike.
The 544+ page book also includes over 90 black & white photographs.
Bil Carpenter is a music journalist who has written for a dozen publications, including People magazine and the Washington Post. He's also served as a publicist for recording projects artists by artists such as Vickie Winans, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Andrae Crouch.
"An invaluable work that is as welcome as it is long overdue.."