Essays & Articles
“Fatted Calf’s Blues – The First Golden Age”
(African American Gospel & Sacred Songs : 1902-1942) – by Max Haymes
The pre-war African American gospel/sacred recordings – of which there are thousands – have been largely ignored by the collector/fan of early blues and jazz, as well as the great majority of the US black population in the 21st. Century. Aficionados refer to the ‘Golden Age/Era’ of gospel music being the immediate post-war years until the end of the 1960s. However the very first ‘Golden Age’ of black gospel in the US took place before World War II. Without which there would have been no evolvement possible after the early 1940s.