MARIE KNIGHT – THE GOSPEL TRUTH LIVE

 

Marie Knight (1920-2009)

 “ One of the now near legendary Blues/Gospel Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s band… “

Gospel zangeres Marie Roach (aka Marie Knight) werd (naar gelang de bron) of in 1920 in Attapulgus, Georgia of in 1925 in Sanford, Florida geboren. Marie groeide op in Newark, New Jersey. Haar vader was een bouwvakker en haar familie was lid van de Church of God in Christ. Marie huwde in 1941 met een prediker Albert Knight, van wie ze later echter scheidde.

In 1939 tourde ze als zangeres met de evengelist Frances Robinson. Terwijl ze in de jaren ’40 tourde met Sister Rosette Tharpe stierven haar twee kinderen in een brand in het huis van haar moeder in New Jersey.

In 1946 nam ze haar eerste albums op voor het Signature Records, als lid van The Sunset Four (aka The Sunset Jubilee Singers). Ze nam met Tharpe ook albums op. Met nummers als "Beams of Heaven", "Didn't it Rain" en "Up Above My Head", die ze opnamen voor Decca Records, haalden ze beiden einde 1948 de US R&B chart. Knight's solo versie van "Gospel Train" werd in 1949 #9 op de R&B chart.

Marie Knight ging solo vanaf 1951 en trad op met ) als backings The Millionaires (Thomasina Stewart, Eleonore King & Roberta Jones. Met hen nam ze in 1956 het album ‘Songs of the Gospel’ op. Met Rex Garvin nam ze in 1959 als Marie & Rex "I Can't Sit Down" op.

In 1961 nam Knight de single "Come Tomorrow" op, dat later een hit werd voor Manfred Mann. Knight's versie van "Cry Me a River" werd in 1965 #35 op de U.S. Billboard R&B chart.

In 1975 nam ze nog een gospel album, ‘Marie Knight: Today’. In 2002 werkte ze aan een comeback in de gospel scene en nam ze een tribute album voor Tharpe op. In 2007 verscheen haar laatste studio album ‘Let Us Get Together’.

“ The album captures Marie Knight at her very best… “

Postuum uitgebracht is het album ‘The Gospel Truth Live’. Het album werd in 2007 live opgenomen in de Church Street Center in North Adams, MA. Op het live album is Knight in haar geliefde omgeving en op haar best. Op piano werd Marie Knight begeleid door Dave Keyes. Naast de introductie en meerdere “Speeches”, zingt Marie veertien gospels. De gospels die ze zingt zijn buiten twee traditionals (“Closer Walk With Thee” -gezongen door Dave Keyes- en “For Thine is the Kingdom”) van de hand van Rev. Gary Davis, Sister Rosetta Tharpe en Anna Warner en Frederick Whitfield. Knight zong op die bloedhete dag “Didn’t It Rain”, dat ze met Sister Rosetta Tharpe schreef en dat ze in de late jaren ’40 vaak samen live zongen. Knight stopte in 1980 als professionele zangeres, maar stond twee dennia later, op vraag van Mark Carpentieri (M.C. Records), opnieuw in de studio om “Didn’t It Rain” op te nemen als bijdrage voor het Rosetta Tharpe tribute album, ‘Shout, Sister, Shout’. Ook van Tharpe koos Knight “Beams of Heaven” en “Up Above My Head”. Van de meest gekende Reverend (Garry Davis) koos Marie die avond o.a. als opener “I Belong to the Band”, “12 Gates to the City”, “Let Us Get Together” en de meezinger/-klapper “I’ll Fly Away”. Marie Knight was 87 toen ze ‘The Gospel Truth Live’ opnam. Ze was toen een van de laatste levende artiesten uit de 'Gouden Eeuw' van de Gospel. Marie Knight stierf in 2009 a.g.v. longontsteking.

Nu, ruim tien jaar na haar optreden, worden we verrast met een schitterende compilatie van Marie Knight, ‘The Gospel Truth Live’. De timing is perfect, want in het afgelopen jaar stelde de Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nog voor om Sister Rosetta Tharpe dit jaar postuum te introduceren in de “Heilige” Hall. Het is meer dan duidelijk dat Gospel een grote invloed had op artiesten als Elvis Presley t.m. Bob Dylan. Daarnaast is het ook een erkenning voor de muzikale bijdragen van Marie Knight zelf, die heel lang professioneel samenwerkte met Tharpe en wiens vertrouwenspersoon ze was. Daarom is ‘The Gospel Truth Live’ een ”essential” album, dat zeker in aanmerking moet komen voor de erkenning die het verdient. Sommigen zeggen nu al hard op: “Geef het een Grammy, doe het recht…”. 

“ That’s why 'The Gospel Truth Live' is an "essential" album, which should certainly must get the recognition it deserves... “ - www.rootstime.be

Eric Schuurmans

 

Album track list:
01.-Introduction – 02.”I Belong to the Band” [Rev. Gary Davis] – 03.”Beams of Heaven” [Sister Rosetta Tharp] – 04.-The Ark Speech - 05.”Didn’t It Rain” [Sister Rosetta Tharp & Marie Knight] – 06.-Getting Reday Speech – 07.”12 Gates to the City” [Rev. Gary Davis] – 08.-Sing Between Tears Speech – 09.”Up Above My Head” [Sister Rosetta Tharp] – 10.”Jesus Loves Me” [Anna Warner] – 11.-Set a Wings Speech – 12.”I’ll Fly Away” [Rev. Gary Davis] - 13.”I Am Light of this World” [Rev. Gary Davis] – 14.”How I Love Jesus” [Frederick Whitfield] – 15.-Walking Up Early Speech – 16.”Lord I Feel Like Going On” [Rev. Gary Davis] – 17.-Being Clean Speech – 18.”Let Us Get Together” [Rev. Gary Davis] – 19.”Close Walk With Thee” – Vocs: Dave Keys[traditional] – 20.”For Thine is the Kingdom” [traditional] – Written by as [noted] ℗ 2018 – Produced by Mark Carpentieri / recorded live, Act. 19, 2007, North Adams, MA        

Album line-up:
Marie Knight: vocs
Dave Keyes: piano, b-vocs

Discography MARIE KNIGHT:
Marie Knight with The Sunset Four, Male Quartet (aka Sunset Jubilee Singers) : If I Could Just Make It In / Where Shall I Go [1946] | I'll Let Nothing Separate Me ... / I Just Couldn't Keep It To Myself [1946] | I Just Couldn't Keep It To Myself / The Negro National Anthem [1946] | Negro National Anthem / Where Could I Go But To The Lord [1946] | I'll Let Nothing Separate Me ... / Where Could I Go [1946] | The Lord Will Make A Way / I'll Never Turn Back No More [1946] | I'll Never Turn Back No More / The Lord Will Make A Way [1946] | Today / Something Within Me Banishes Pain [1946] || Sister Marie Knight : Just A Closer Walk With Thee / The Land Beyond The River [1946] | When I Get To The End Of My Journey / What Could I Do [1946] || Georgia Peach/Marie Knight : I Just Rose To Tell You / Today (flip side only by Marie Knight) [1946] || Marie Knight : Just A Closer Walk With Thee / The Land Beyond The River [1947] | The End Of My Journey / What Could I Do [1947] || Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight - Sam Price Trio / Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Sam Price Trio : Oh When I Come To The End Of My Journey / This Train (flip side only by Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Sam Price Trio / Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Marie Knight - Sam Price Trio [1947] | Stretch Out / Didn't It Rain [1947] || Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight - Sam Price Trio : Beams Of Heaven / Precious Memories [1948] || Marie Knight - Sam Price Trio :  What Could I Do / I Must See Jesus [1948] || Marie Knight With The Sam Price Trio : The Land Beyond The River / My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me [1948] || Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight with The Sam Price Trio (members Sister Rosetta Tharpe: vocs, guitar/ Marie Knight: vocs / Sammy Price: piano / George "Pops" Foster: bass & Wallace Bishop: drums : Up Above My Head I Hear Music In The Air* / My Journey To The Sky (*recorded 1947) [1948] || Marie Knight with The Dependable Boys - Sam Price Trio / Marie Knight - Sam Price Trio : Gospel Train / Behold His Face (flip side only by Marie Knight - Sam Price Trio [1949] || Sister Rosetta Tharpe & M. K. / Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight : He Watches Me / He's All I Need (flip side only by Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight) [1949] || Marie Knight With Sam Price Trio : I Can't Forget It, Can You / Up In My Heavenly Home [1949] | Sister Marie Knight with The Sunset Four : The Negro National Anthem / I Just Couldn't Keep It To Myself [1949] || Sister Marie Knight : I'll Let Nothing Separate Me ... / Where Could I Go But To The Lord [1949] || Marie Knight : I'll Never Turn Back No More / The Lord Will Make A Way [1949] | Today / Something Within Me Banishes Pain [1949] | Just A Closer Walk With Thee / The Land Beyond The River [1949] | The End Of My Journey / What Could I Do [1949] || Marie Knight And Vivian Cooper - With Sam Price Trio : Out Of The Depth / Touch Me Lord Jesus [1949] || Marie Knight With The Sam Price Trio : I Must Have Jesus All The Time / I Thank You Jesus [1949] || Marie Knight : Jesus Loves Me / Whispering Hope [1950] || Marie Knight With The Sam Price Trio : Live The Life / Seal Of Heaven [1950] | Lord Search My Heart / In Shaded Green Pastures [1950] | The Florida Storm / Hallelujah What A Storm
Sister Rosetta & Marie Knight [1950] | I Shall Know Him / I Was Healed [1950] || “Jersey Joe” Walcott and Maria Knight : Have Faith / Say A Little Prayer
Marie Knight [1950] | I Heard My Mother Pray / Don't Miss That Train [1951] | Satisfied With Jesus / The Old Rugged Cross [1951] || Sister Rosetta And Marie Knight With The Sam Price Trio : Milky White Way / His Eye Is On The Sparrow [1951] || Marie Knight : Every Day Every Hour / My Expectations [1951] | On The Battlefield / I'll Fly Away [1951] | Adeste Fideles (O, Come All Ye Faithful) / It Came Upon The Midnight Clear [1951] | Sit Down Servant / Does Jesus Care [1952] | Wildwood / He's My Light (with The Anita Kerr Sisters) [1952] || Sister Rosetta T. & Marie Knight : There Is A Highway To Heaven / I'm Bound For Higher Grounds [1952] || Sister Rosetta Tharpe And Marie Knight : Old Landmark / Pressing On [1952] || Marie Knight With The Nightingales : The Old Rugged Cross / Satisfied With Jesus [1953] || Marie Knight : Jesus Walk With Me / Get Away Jordan [1953] | I Just Can't Keep From Cryin' / On My Appointed Time [1953] | Let Go His Hand / Let's Go On [1953] | Calvary / God Spoke To Me [1954] || Sister Rosetta & Marie Knight : Nobody's Fault But Mine / Shadrack [1954] | Marie Knight - Leroy Kirkland and his Orchestra : You Got A Way Of Making Love / I Know Every Move You Make [1954] || Marie Knight : This Old Soul Of Mine / I Tell It Wherever I Go [1954] | I'm Troubled / Stop Now, It's Praying Time [1954] | Trouble In Mind / What More Can I Do [1954] | Who Rolled The Stone Away / Easter Bells [1955] | The Battle Of Jericho / A Travelers Tune [1955] | I Must Tell Jesus / The Storm Is Passing Over [1955] || Marie Knight with The Griffins : As Long As I Love / Tell Me Why [1956] || Marie Knight : Stand By Me / Blessed Be The Lord [1956] | Grasshopper Baby / Look At Me [1956] || Marie Knight & The Millionaires : Sings The Gospel (LP) [1956] || Marie Knight With The Howard Biggs Orch. : I'm A Little Fooler / Am I Reaching For The Moon [1957] || Marie Knight - Teacho Wiltshire Orchestra : I Thought I Told You Not To Tell Them / September Song [1958] || Marie And Rex: Marie Knight and Rex Garvin with orchestral accomp. / Marie Knight with orch. : I Can't Sit Down / Miracles (flip side only by Marie Knight with orch.) [1959] || Marie Knight : Hope You Won't Hold It Against Me / To Be Loved By You [1960] || Marie Knight & Junior Lewis : Better Wait And See (unissued - released in U. K. 2002 Kent CD ‘The Arock & Sylvia Story’) [1960] || Marie Knight :  Come Tomorrow - (unissued - released in UK 2002 Kent CD ‘The Arock & Sylvia Story’) [1960] | Come Tomorrow* / Nothing In The World [1961] | Come On Baby (Hold My Hand) / What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) [1962] | I Was Born Again / I Don't Wanna Walk Alone [1963] | The Nearness Of You / Walk Away [1963] | Make Yourself At Ho me / I Was Born Again [1964] | Comes The Night / Cry Me A River [1964] | That's No Way To Treat A Girl / Say It Again [1964] | hat’s No Way To Treat A Girl (full length version released in UK 2002 Kent LP ‘Soul Spin’) [1964] | A Little Too Lonely / You Lie So Well [1964] | Come Tomorrow / Nothing In The World [1965] | Today (LP) [1975] | Bluesoul Belles Vol. 4: Scepter & Musicor Recordings (Compilation: Judy Clay, Marie Knight) [2001] | Hallelujah What a Song (Compilation) [2002] | Let Us Get Together: A Tribute to Rev. Gary Davis [2007] | The Gospel Truth Live [2018] |

 

 

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