List of Gospel groups

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This is a List of Gospel groups that performed in the Birmingham District:

Early groups

Groups of the Golden Age

Later ensembles


  • Birmingham Quartet Anthology: Jefferson County, Alabama (1926-1953) (1980) Clanka Lanka Records CL144001/002 (includes liner notes by Doug Seroff)
  • Birmingham Boys: Jubilee Gospel Quartets from Jefferson County, Alabama (1982) Alabama Traditions


  • Seroff, Doug (October 12, 1980) "Birmingham Quarter Scrapbook" for a Quartet Reunion in Jefferson County. Birmingham City Auditorium
  • McCallum, Brenda (1988) "Songs of Work and Songs of Worship: Sanctifying Black Unionism in the City of Steel." New York Folklore No. 14, pp. 12-14
  • Darden, Robert (2004) People Get Ready: A New History of Black Gospel Music. Continuum International ISBN 0826414362
  • Seroff, Doug. "On the Battlefield: Gospel Quartets in Jefferson County, Alabama." in Geoffrey Haydon and Dennis Marks, eds. (1985) Repurcussions: A Celebration of African-American Music. London: Century Publishing
  • Young, Alan (1997) Woke Me Up This Morning: Black Gospel Singers and the Gospel Life. Oxford: University Press of Mississippi . SBN 087805944X
  • Willett, Henry. "'Birmingham Sound' had profound influence on American Popular Music". Alabama Arts. [1] - accessed May 5, 2006
  • Garrison, Greg (January 19, 2008) "Old-time gospel groups keep a capella sound alive." The Birmingham News
  • Seroff, Doug (2015) To Do This, You Must Know How: Music Pedagogy in the Black Gospel Quartet Tradition. University Press of Mississippi ISBN 9781496802484