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Unformatted text preview: e the rhythmic aspect of their music by snapping their fingers and slapping their thighs. The gospel chorus was a group of females who wore choir robes. They were accompanied by the piano, and enhanced the rhythm of their performance by clapping their hands. 4 The “Birth” of Gospel in Chicago and the 1930s and 40's The year 1930 is often cited as gospel's official moment of birth. It was in this year that Thomas Dorsey, at the Jubilee Meeting of the National Baptist Convention in Chicago, performed "If You See My Savior." The performance created a sensation and the traditional, conservative convention officially endorsed gospel music. In an effort to give gospel music further respect, Dorsey founded the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, Inc. in Chicago in 1932, an organization that exists today. Dorsey went on to achieve great fame and success as a composer, writing over five hundred songs, some of which have been published in twenty- six languages, and performed by many black and white musicians, including Mahalia Jackson, Clara Ward, Sallie Martin, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Elvis Presley. In 1933, John Hammond (1910- 1987)- - - a legendary and highly influential record producer, talent scout, and jazz critic- - - organized a show called "From Spirituals to Swing" at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He hired Mitchell's Christian Singers to perform the spirituals and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915- 1973) to perform gospel songs. The entire show was so well received that Hammond organized a second show the...
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