Chapter 36: Gospel in Wisconsin

The Happy Harmonizers in Milwaukee in the early
1980s. L-R: Ardella Herron, Geneca Herron, Shirley Herron, Bertha
McMillan. Photo: Wisconsin Folk Museum Collection

Darlene
Horner on Dr. Watts
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Darlene Horner recalls attending church with her grandmother and hearing the
Dr. Watts singing as they approached the church.

"I
Know I am a Child of God"
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The Madison Gospelaires sing "I Know I am a Child of God" a
capella in the Dr. Watts style.

"Happy
with Jesus"
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"Happy with Jesus" is sung a capella by the all-female quartet, Milwaukee's
Happy Harmonizers. This style of a capella has roots in rural Mississippi.

Will
Williams on gospel
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Will Williams of the Madison Gospelaires talks about gospel music, comparing
it with the blues and how singing helped the slaves endure.

"Shake
My Mother's Hand"
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Richard Jones displays the influence of the blues in "Shake
My Mother's Hand."

"Will
You Pay a Price?"
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"Will You Pay a Price?" is sung by Janni Lee Burton. This is also an
example of the blues' influence on gospel music.

"Be
Careful with Your Soul"
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The Vocalaires perform "Be Careful with Your Soul" which
shows a more modern style of rhythm and blues than prior examples.

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