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
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.
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
it won't be long until we can do a Top 20 of the decade of the 2010s!