Gospel Inspirations’ “He’ll Hold To My Hand”

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“He’ll Hold To My Hand” by the Gospel Inspirations

Heart Records, Princeton, West Virginia

Engineer – A. A. Cunningham

Side One:

1.                              He’ll Hold To My Hand

2.                              Satan Lied To Me

3.                              When I Get Home

4.                              Use Me Lord

5.                              What Heaven Means To Me

Side Two:

1.                              I See A Bridge

2.                              I Recommend My Lord To You

3.                              How Long

4.                              That Heavenly Home

5.                              One Drop Of Blood

From the back cover:

“The Gospel Inspirations were formerly known as the Sprague Trio. We made a small record in 1967.

  The group includes; Tom Lewis who sings lead in “He’ll Hold To My Hand” and plays the Bass Guitar. He is the son of Mrs. Mary Lewis who sings lead and Alto. Sarah Hill sings Tenor, lead and plays rhythm guitar. Juanita Meadows sings Contralto.

  We have been singing Gospel songs in Southern West Virginia and surrounding states for 15 years. We have appeared on local radio and television stations.

  We feel we were called by the Lord to sing His Gospel. One reason we made this record was because so many people told us our singing encouraged them as they could feel the spirit of the Lord in the songs. We have seen many souls come to the Lord while we were singing.

Mrs. Mary Lewis

Mrs. Sarah Hill

Mrs. Juanita Meadows”

A few months ago I was digging through some records at a thrift shop and I young lady with purple hair asked me what kind of records I looked for. I told her I like a lot of different genres of music and she told me that the antique shop she worked at down the road had hundreds of records in a back room. So I quickly got the directions and headed over there. While digging I found this hidden gem. The production is decent, but rough around the edges. But, as “people” have said, I can definitely feel the spirit in their performances of these songs. “Satan Lied To Me” is a real standout as is “How Long” on side two. Their harmonies are good, but combined with the sparse arrangements that include piano, mandolin, bass guitar, dobro and acoustic guitar, these songs turn into time capsules. You can almost see these dear folks crowded into a local radio station studio sharing a microphone and singing it out over the airwaves. I hope to stumble across the “little record” they put out as the Sprague Trio.

 

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