Thunderbolt Of The Middle West

Brother Joe May

Thunderbolt Of The Middle West
  • CAT # SPCD-7033-25

    1. Old Ship Of Zion 3:04
    2. Wdia Radio Station Plug
    3. Search Me Lord 2:59
    4. How Much More Of Life's Burden Can 2:33
    5. In That Day 2:19
    6. I'm Going To Live The Life I Sing 2:36
    7. The Day Is Past And Gone 3:16
    8. Do You Know Him? 2:42
    9. I Just Can't Keep From Crying ... 2:20
    10. I Want Jesus On The Road I Travel 2:49
    11. Precious Lord, Take My Hand 2:53
    12. What Do You Know About Jesus? 3:03
    13. Our Father 2:48
    14. It's All Right 2:45
    15. I'll Make It Somehow 3:00
    16. Your Sins Will Find You Out 2:42
    17. Remember Me 2:30
    18. I Claim Jesus First Of All And ... 2:30
    19. It's A Long, Long Way 2:09
    20. Don't Forget The Name Of The Lord 2:36
    21. He'll Understand And Say Well Done 3:03
    22. I'm Happy Working For The Lord 2:24
    23. Grow Closer 2:33
    24. Consider Me (aka Consideration) 2:43
    25. Jesus Knows 2:33
    26. Vacation In Heaven 3:25
    27. Going Home 2:27

They didn't call Brother Joe May (1912-1972) "the Thunderbolt of the Middle West" for nothing. "He has the most powerful and dynamic range of any male singer I ever heard," Specialty Records owner Art Rupe commented in 1954. This collection of 27 May performances (10 previously unissued) includes such classic solo hits as "Search Me Lord," "I'm Gonna Live the Life I Sing About in My Song," and "Precious Lord," as well as stirring meetings with Sister Wynona Carr; Cora Martin, and the Sallie Martin Singers; the Pilgrim Travelers, and his daughter Annette. "Someday," Rupe stated, "his records will be collected like Caruso and Bessie Smith records."

with the Sallie Martin Singers, Sister Wynona Carr, the Pilgrim Travelers, Annette May

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Brother Joe May's studio recordings for Specialty, the ones that made him the most popular male soloist of gospel's Golden Age, tended to be… More