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  Willie Mae Ford Smith: Biography
There her mother opened a restaurant, where Smith soon began working full-time, leaving school during the eighth grade; though raised as a devout Baptist, she sang everything from blues to reels as a child, but upon forming her family quartet the Ford Sisters, she turned solely to gospel.
Debuting at the National Baptist Convention in 1922, the Fords created a sensation with their performances of "Ezekiel Saw the Wheel" and "I'm in His Care." After her sisters married and quit the group, Smith mounted a solo career; a high soprano, she briefly flirted with pursuing classical music, but was so profoundly moved by
Upon marrying a man who operated a general hauling business, Smith began touring to supplement their household income; with the exception of the legendary Sallie Martin, she was arguably the first gospel performer to tour relentlessly, conducting musical revivals in many of the cities she visited.
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 Willie Mae Ford Smith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Willie Mae Ford (1904 1994), also known as Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, was a gospel singer based in St.
She was raised in the Baptist church and began singing with her sisters in a family group known as "The Ford Sisters" after the family moved to St. Louis.
Smith became the principal singing teacher for the NCGCC as head of its Soloists' Bureau in 1936.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Willie_Mae_Ford_Smith   (467 words)

  
 Willie Mae Ford Smith - Biography - AOL Music
Smith was born in 1906 in Rolling Fork, Mississippi and raised in Memphis; one of 14 children, she was the daughter of a railroad brakeman who relocated the family to St. Louis in 1918.
In her travels Smith crossed paths with Thomas A. Dorsey, who in 1932 invited her to Chicago to help organize the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.
Only a handful of Smith recordings were issued in her own lifetime, and by the early 1950s she had turned to evangelical work; still, she continued to remain a great inspiration, dying on February 2, 1994.
music.aol.com /artist/willie-mae-ford-smith/2401/biography   (387 words)

  
 Gospel Music Pioneers
Willie Mae says 'they were more like the spiritual version of the Mills Brothers!' Two years later the Ford Sisters caused a minor sensation at the National Baptist Convention and a singing career became inevitable - though at that stage it might as easily have been in secular as sacred music.
Willie Mae was one of those few who never sold out, never gave up and never made a thing out of gospel other than the satisfaction of working for her Savior.
The raw southern sound of Willie Mae Ford Smith so inspired Mahalia Jackson that she took all the various elements of the older woman's style and stirred it with her own into a potent brew of down-home shouting.
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 St. Louis Walk of Fame - Willie Mae Ford Smith
The music we now call gospel was thought too worldly in 1917 when Willie Mae Ford moved to St. Louis, but she was to change that.
Rather than deny the power of the blues, she enfolded it in her religious convictions to form a joyous new message of praise.
Willie Mae Ford Smith received the Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts In 1988
www.stlouiswalkoffame.org /inductees/willie-smith.html   (119 words)

  
 African American Registry: Willie Mae Smith, a gospel and secular voice . . .
Smith's maternal grandmother was a slave and later looked after the Ford children.
Smith became director of the Soloists Bureau of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses in 1936.
Willie Mae Ford Smith died on February 2, 1994 in St. Louis County, Missouri.
www.aaregistry.com /african_american_history/1891/Willie_Mae_Smith_a_gospel_and_secular_voice   (291 words)

  
 IMDb user comments for Say Amen, Somebody (1982)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Mostly, this is a documentary on Willie Mae Ford Smith and Tomas A. Dorsey, pioneers in fl gospel music.
As pioneers of fl gospel music, Thomas Dorsey (1899-1993), Willie Mae Ford Smith (1904-1994) and Sallie Martin (1895-1988) are the guests of honor for the 1982 gospel music convention in St. Louis.
Just in case Smith and Dorsey seem too noble, the film uses a lot of mighty soul music as counterpoint, particularly in the scenes shot during a tribute to Mother Smith at a St.
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 Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke
The woman sang with such finesse until I knew I had to be a gospel singer.’ Shortly after, she entered the Holiness Church and the would-be pop star became preeminently consecrated (the Holiness Church bestowed the honorific ‘Madame’ to announce her devotion).
During the forties she toured the southeast, billed as the ‘Sweetheart of the Potomac,’ belting out hymns and gospel songs in Willie Mae Ford Smith fashion, although her mezzo-soprano was simply to petite to duplicate Smith’s contralto blasts.
Our addition and contribution to the liner notes from the CD Mother Smith and Her Children is found in the bracketed text and the beginning of the first sentence.
www.scgospelquartet.com /MadameEdnaGallmonCooke.html   (600 words)

  
 Willie Mae Ford Smith : Mother Smith & Her Children - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
Willie Mae Ford Smith : Mother Smith & Her Children
Willie Mae Ford Smith is one of the pivotal figures in gospel; born in 1904, she inspired innumerable younger vocalists.
Among them is Martha Bass, who joins with her own son David Peaston (later a gospel star in his own right) and daughter Fontella, the woman behind the secular hit "Rescue Me" (the best record Aretha Franklin never cut).
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 Willie Mae Ford Smith - AOL Music
1994), also known as Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, was a gospel singer based in St. Louis, Missouri who was one of the early...
Born: 1906 in Rolling Fork, Mississippi Died: Feb 02, 1994 in St. Louis, Missouri Representative Albums: Mother Smith and Her Children, Willie Mae Ford.
African American Registry: Willie Mae Smith, a gospel and secular...
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 Amazon.com: "Willie Mae Ford Smith": Key Phrase page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
" The same kind of tenuous relationship was to mark her association with Willie Mae Ford Smith, her partner in Dorsey's convention, as documented in 1983 in Say Amen, Somebody.
In 1933, together with WILLIE MAE FORD SMITH and a number of other gospel singers, they organized the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.
Women's Voices io9 and Willie Mae Ford Smith, who recorded only six tracks in her prime.
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Mahalia Jackson at twenty one years of age was already a singer of extraordinary power.
She went to Chicago at sixteen, having absorbed all the music that her home town of New Orleans could offer.
Hers was the most heavily blues-drenched background of any of the major gospel singers of the time and everyone who heard her said she could be Bessie Smith number two.
www.angelfire.com /oh3/inthespirit/biosktch.html   (855 words)

  
 Urban Kingdom Magazine.com - Arts & Entertainment
The film follows Thomas Dorsey (Precious Lord) and Willie Mae Ford Smith, two pioneers in gospel music.
Willie Mae, also in her latter years, speaks of being a wife and mother all while singing the gospel before gospel had a name.
The production gathers these stories while Ford prepares for her tribute concert featuring the Barrett Sisters (a must have) and the O’Neal Twins.
www.urbankingdommagazine.com /arts   (690 words)

  
 Mother Smith & Her Children - Willie Mae Ford Smith - Song Listings   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Among them is Martha Bass, who joins with her own son David Peaston (later a gospel star in...
Write a Review Tell the world what you think about Mother Smith & Her Children by Willie Mae Ford Smith!
Mother Smith & Her Children - Willie Mae Ford Smith - Song Listings
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 Burel Allen Family History
Burel Allen married Malvern Campbell-Allen and they had a daughter, Elsie Mae Allen (Vivian Allen-Malone).
Martha Smith is the mother of Fontella Bass (Rescue Me) and the granddaughter of Mother Willie Mae Ford-Smith.
Bass - whose mother was the legendary Mother Willie Mae Smith, who also had a sister by the name of Emma.
www.caafnfamilygenealogy.net /allen.html   (413 words)

  
 This Far by Faith : Readings in African-American Women's Religious Biography by Judith Weisenfeld (Editor), Richard ...
Profiles such figures as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Willie Mae Ford Smith, and Ella Baker, exploring the role that religion played in their lives.
Spanning from the period of slavery to the present, the essays profile American figures such as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Willie Mae Ford Smith, exploring the role that religious institutions and impulses played in their lives.
Methodologically grounded in a historical perspective, the contributors make use of varied sources--music, visual arts, approaches to health care, and political activism--to recover our understanding of African-American women's contributions to religious, social and political life in America.
www.allbookstores.com /book/0415913128   (251 words)

  
 Top20Memphis.com - Your Top20Guide to Memphis, TN.
A major influence in Memphis' fl politics is the Ford family of funeral directors, whose political prominence dates to the Crump era.
The best-known member of this family is Harold Ford, Sr.
His brother, John, was a state senator for 30 years and is currently at the center of the Tennessee Waltz scandal.
top20memphis.com   (3045 words)

  
 Rolling Stone : Willie Mae Ford Smith : Discography
Rolling Stone : Willie Mae Ford Smith : Discography
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 Say Amen, Somebody
The film interviews many gospel singers, including The Barrett Sisters, Sallie Martin, and The O'Neal Twins, but the focus here is on two of the music's pioneers: Thomas Dorsey and Willie Mae Ford Smith.
The anecdotes and speeches from the performers, combined with the powerful and transcendent music they make forms a film and an experience that is both incredibly moving and entertaining.
Film features: Willie Mea Ford Smith, Thomas A. Dorsey, The Barrett Sisters and the O'Neal Twins.
www.rottentomatoes.com /m/say_amen_somebody/about.php   (399 words)

  
 Mother Smith & Her Children by Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith
Mother Smith & Her Children by Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith
Give Me Wings - Willie Mae Ford Smith
Child of the King - Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke, Willie Mae Ford Smith
www.mmguide.musicmatch.com /album/album.cgi?ALBUMID=967747   (305 words)

  
 Willie Mae Ford Smith - Free Music Downloads, Videos, Lyrics, CDs, MP3s, Bio, Merchandise and Links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Willie Mae Ford Smith - Free Music Downloads, Videos, Lyrics, CDs, MP3s, Bio, Merchandise and Links
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 DovesSong.com -- Black Gospel MP3s
Going On with the Spirit by Willie Mae Ford Smith.
The Lifeboat is Coming by Willie Mae Ford Smith.
Jesus is the Perfect Answer by the Brewster Singers featuring Queen C. Anderson.
www.dovesong.com /MP3/MP3_BlackGospel_others.asp   (307 words)

  
 AMCTV.com SHOW - Say Amen, Somebody
This uplifting toe-tapping documentary by director George T. Nierenberg explores the lives, careers and enduring music of some of the great pioneers of American gospel music focusing on octogenarian masters Thomas A. Dorsey and Willie Mae Ford Smith.
Joyful in tone and filled with music by gospel singers of all ages, the film traces the roots of gospel culture through the singer's memories, noting how their musical style was at first shunned as sacrilegious by church elders in the early days.
Beautifully recorded concert performances include segments with Sallie Martin, the Barrett Sisters, the O'Neal Twins, Zella Jackson Price, the Interfaith Choir and more.
www.amctv.com /show/detail?CID=59418-1-1   (136 words)

  
 GOSPELflava.com - Gospel Music Industry News
Willie McClendon brings the latest news and views.
It's all about Gospel radio, and is written by Stellar Award winning radio host, Deborah Smith Pollard, Ph.D. Static Free addresses topics relevant to Gospel radio, written from the insider perspective of the radio announcer and producer.
Archival boutique label, Document Records has released a remix of Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s classic from 1944, “What Is The Soul Of Man”.
www.gospelflava.com /news.html   (2423 words)

  
 CMT.com : Willie Mae Ford Smith : Message Board
CMT.com : Willie Mae Ford Smith : Message Board
New group earn success with their debut single.
Welcome to our Willie Mae Ford Smith message board!
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 Amazon.com: Mother Smith & Her Children: Music: Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab1.cs.virginia.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Amazon.com: Mother Smith & Her Children: Music: Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab1.cs.virginia.edu)
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 MRC FilmFinder-Full Record: Say Amen Somebody
A rousing documentary on gospel music, especially as sung by Willie Mae Ford Smith and her family.
The film has a feeling that is almost joyously overwhelming.
The regal Dorsey and the powerfully confident Willie Mae Ford Smith live up to Nierenberg installation of them into legendary status.
www.lib.unc.edu /house/mrc/films/full.php?film_id=4336   (78 words)

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