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The Soul Stirrers

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The Soul Stirrers

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The Soul Stirrers are an American gospel music group, whose career spans over eighty years. The group was a pioneer in the development of the quartet style of gospel, and a major influence of soul music, doo wop, and motown sound, some of the secular music that owed much to gospel.

The group was formed by Roy Crain, who hadlaunched his first quartet, which sang in a jubileestyle, in 1926 in Trinity, Texas. In the early 1930s,after Crain moved to Houston, he joined an existinggroup on the condition that it change its name to

“theSoulStirrers.”Thename”SoulStirrers”yieldsfromthedescriptionofoneofRoyCrain’searlierquartetsas”soul-stirring”.AmongthemembersofthatgroupwasR.H.Harris,whosoonbecameitsmusicalleader.TheSoulStirrersformedasaJubileequartet,transformedtheirsound,influencedbymanyhardgospelsingerssuchasMahaliaJacksonandSisterRosettaTharpe.

Rebert Harris, also from Trinity, Texas, broughtseveral changes to the Soul Stirrers that affectedgospel quartet singing generally. He used a falsetto

stylethathaditsantecedentsinAfricanmusic,butwhichwasnewtothepopularjubileesingingstyleofthetime.

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Genres
Christian/GospelTraditional Gospel
Total length
1:30:20
Tracks
33
Released
January 27, 2015
Label
© 2015 ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
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Access type
Internet connection
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