The Blind Boys of Alabama: Run On

The Blind Boys of Alabama have been going strong for more than 70 years. Here are a list of the group’s achievements and a bit from the bio at the group’s site:

The Blind Boys of Alabama formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939. The group toiled for almost 40 years almost exclusively on the black gospel circuit, playing in churches, auditoriums, and even stadiums across the country. Their recorded output, reaching back to 1948 with their hit “I Can See Everybody’s Mother But Mine” on the Veejay label, is widely recognized as being influential for many gospel, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll artists. The Blind Boys had their own chance to “cross over” to popular music in the 1950′s, along with their gospel friend and contemporary Sam Cooke, but stayed true to their calling. In the 1960′s, they joined the Civil Rights movement, performing at benefits for Dr. Martin Luther King.

Here are Amazing Grace (more or less combined with House of the Rising Sun), what is called a vintage clip (with guitar pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharp at the end) and People Get Ready. The group isn’t done yet. In fact, they now are touring with Dr. John.

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  1. Soul of Wit

    Fans of the HBO series The Wire are likely to know that this group provided the first season theme song “Way Down in the Hole”. The theme song was reinvented each succeeding season, by the artists Tom Waits, The Neville Brothers, Domaje (think children’s choir) and Steve Earle.

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