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 From the broadcast the weekend of February 17th & 18th, 2018:

This was a very special edition, counting-down the twenty most popular Southern Gospel songs of the decade of the 1970s.  Quite literally, this special presentation was years in the making.  First, Andrew Heil of our staff compiled all of the Singing News charts from each month of that decade (120 charts), assigning and computing overall charting points that would ultimately determine the Top 20.

Some of the interview material heard on this program came from our interview archives, from as early as the early 1980s.  Many of those voices have long since been stilled, so it was great to hear them again — people like James Blackwood, Howard Goodman, Sam Goodman, Harold Lane and others.  Other interview material was developed especially for this broadcast, with the help of Reba Rambo Mcguire, Laverne Tripp, songwriter David Sapp and others.  We especially appreciated their cooperation.

One interesting challenge was that back in the 1970s — the first full decade of publication of the Singing News (then in newspaper format) — multiple groups often had the same song on the chart at the same time, even in the same charting position.  So, in such cases, care was taken to determine which group's version actually acquired the most charting points during its time in the monthly Top 20.

So... Did this all bring back memories for you?  Let me know.  Your comments are welcome.

By the way, back in 2010 we did Top 20 countdowns for each of the three decades The Gospel Greats program had been on the air — the 1980s, the 1990s and the 2000s.  Since Singing News only began publication of their charts just before 1970, we won't be able to go back any further for such decade countdowns.  But it won't be long until we can do a Top 20 of the decade of the 2010s!