woensdag 25 juni 2014

Where Could I Go ? (1940) / Where Could I Go But To The Lord (1946)

"Where Could I Go?" is a song composed by James B Coats, first published in 1940 in the Stamps-Baxter songbook "Golden Key".

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In 1944 it was published again in a Stamps-Baxter Songbook "Grateful Praise".

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The Harmoneers Quartet were most likely the FIRST group to record the song:

(o) Harmoneers Quartet 1946 "WHERE COULD I GO?"
The Harmoneers Quartet (w. Charles Key [piano].
Producer: Stephen Sholes & Eades)
Recorded 27 November 1945 [11:00-12:15]
Room 1024 Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, NC –
Matrix D5-AB-834-1
Released in 1946 on RCA Victor 20-1816

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Also released in 1952 on RCA Victor 20-4533



(c) Sister Ernestine B. Washington with Bunk Johnson's Jazz Band 1946
Recorded in New York City, January 1, 1946.


Released on Disc 6039.

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Also released on Disc album #712

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(c) Sister Marie Knight and The Sunset Four (1946)
Marie Knight , who had grown up in New Jersey, cut her first records just after WWII on Bob Thiele's New York based Haven label as Sister Marie Knight and The Sunset Four. She went on to have a total of thirteen records released on Haven and Signature, another of Thiele's imprints, as with The Sunset Four, Sister Marie Knight and Marie Knight , before teeming up with Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Released on Haven 502 in 1946  (as "Where Could I Go")

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Re-released in 1948 on Signature 32006  (as "Where Could I Go But To The Lord")

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(c) Blackwood Brothers 1948



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(c) Red Foley (1949)
Recorded on November 8, 1949 in Nashville, TN
Red Foley (unknown musicians + Jordanaires. Producer: Paul Cohen)
Released in 1951 on Decca 14573 as the B-side of "There'll Be Peace In The Valley For Me".

Red Foley - Peace In The Valley / Where Could I Go But To The Lord (Shellac) at Discogs

45cat - Red Foley - Peace In The Valley / Where Could I Go But To The Lord - Decca Faith Series - USA - 9-14573

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(o) All American Quartet (1949) (as "Where Could I Go But To The Lord")
(Lane Shaw, Melvin Redd, C.R. Melton, Alvyn Moore, Elmer Childress)
Released in 1949 on (Sacred Records SS-537):
(Side A Re-released in Compilation “Close Harmony” on CD by Dualtone Records).


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(c) Sister Lucille Barbee (1952) (as "Where Could I Go")
Recorded in 1952  Nashville, TN
Musicians: Bill Beasley, Alan & Reynold Bubis
Released in June 1953 on REPUBLIC 7034

45cat - Lucille Barbee - Where Could I Go / Just Keep It To Myself - Republic - USA - 7034-45

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(c) Harmonizing Four (1957)
Recorded November 14, 1957
Released on Vee-Jay 854

45cat - The Harmonizing Four - Where Could I Go But To The Lord / Motherless Child - Vee Jay - USA - VJ 854

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(c) Rusty York (1961)


(c) Jesse Fuller (1963)


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(c) Marty Robbins (1963)
Recorded July 3, 1963, Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN –
Marty Robbins (Marty Robbins [vcl], Grady Martin [gt], Jack Pruett [gt], Bob Moore [bass], Louis Dunn [drums], William Pursell [piano], Hoyt Hawkins [organ]. Producer: Don Law & Frank Jones)
Released in 1984 on the album "Long Long Ago"


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(c) Fred McDowell (1965)
Recorded Febuary 24, 1964 in Como, MS;
Fred McDowell, voc, g; Annie Mae McDowell, voc


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(c) Elvis Presley (1966 and 1968)

Elvis recorded "Where Could I Go But to the Lord" on May 28, 1966, at RCA's Nashville studios.

Vinyl Album - Elvis Presley - How Great Thou Art - RCA Victor - USA

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Two years later, he incorporated the song into a gospel medley in his TV special, Elvis.

(c) Emmylou Harris (1987)  (as "Where Could I Go But To The Lord")


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More versions:

Eddie Bond 1962
Stanley Brothers 1964
Tommy Collins 1958
Faron Young 1955
Merle Haggard 1971
Bonnie Owens 1970
Stonewall Jackson 1968
Connie Smith 1966
George Jones 1972
Country Gentlemen 1978
Barbara Mandrell 1989
Linda Gail Lewis 2003
Glen Campbell 2004
Bill Anderson 2005
Brenda Lee 2007

And more versions:


1 opmerking:

  1. Great information as always; great scans.

    colonel snow