The Jackson Southernaires: On My Way Home
Until I Die
From Too Late (Songbird, 1964?)
I was initially turned onto this from Jesse’s incredible gospel soul post and thankfully, this album is probably the easiest one to track down of all that he shared. The Jackson Southernaires debut album for the Duke/Peacock gospel subsidiary Songbird was a huge hit for the group and it’s not difficult to track down copies of the LP for well under $20. (Strangely, for such a hit, it doesn’t seem to be on CD).
Jesse had included “On My Way Home” and I couldn’t help but do the same: a really moving, deep soul feel with some gorgeous harmonizing between the group members. Likewise, on the “gospel remakes of R&B songs,” “Until I Die” definitely seems to borrow from Sam Cooke’s “Change Gonna Come” though it’s more subtle than being a straight cover.