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Thread #110403   Message #2315321
Posted By: Azizi
14-Apr-08 - 01:45 PM
Thread Name: Law Officers in Songs &Children's Rhymes
Subject: RE: Law Officers in Songs &Children's Rhymes
Here's the link to the YouTube video that I referred to in my first post to this thread:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=P3lxCuJa8JA&feature=related
Po Lazarus - Fairfield Four


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This song is sung in acapella style with no accompaniment but the singers' percussive foot stomping. I admire this video not just because of the groups' tight singing, but because this video raises awareness of, and helps foster appreciation for a traditional style of African American gospel singing that is very rarely heard nowadays.

Note that there are five vocalists in this legendary gospel quartet. See this comment that was posted in response to a question about why a quartet would have five vocalists:

"Gospel quartets kept the name "quartet" regardless of the number of members, one reason being a practice the old Soul Stirrers popularized, having a first and second lead singer....when one would take the lead the other would go back to singing harmony, thus keeping the four part harmony."
-jzzlvrmee