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The Highway Q.C.'s

Not only among the top gospel groups of the postwar era, the Highway Q.C.'s were also the launching pad for such major secular pop stars as Lou Rawls, Johnnie Taylor, and the immortal Sam Cooke. The group was formed in 1945 at Chicago's Highway Baptist Church by a number of teenagers that included Cooke, Creadell Copeland, and two pairs of brothers, Marvin & Charles Jones and Curtis & Lee Richardson. Cooke exited in 1951 to join the ranks of hometown heroes the Soul Stirrers; his replacement was Rawls, himself an alumnus of another young Windy City group, the Holy Wonders. In time, all of the Wonders' other members -- Spencer Taylor, James Walker, and Chris Flowers among them -- would join the Highway Q.C.'s as well. Rawls remained for just two years, leaving at that time to join the Los Angeles-based Chosen Gospel Singers; his substitute was Johnnie Taylor, previously of the Kansas City group the Melody Kings. The group made their debut on the Vee-Jay label in 1955; in 1956, Spencer Taylor joined, and a year later Johnnie Taylor (no relation) quit to join the Soul Stirrers, ironically enough filling the gap created by the exit of Sam Cooke. Spencer Taylor remained the Highway Q.C.'s leader throughout the decades which followed, continuing to helm the group into the '90s. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Faith In Our Lord: The Best Of Gospel

Disc 1

2. We Shall Be Free

3. Move Up A Little Higher

4. God's Love

5. Let Me Lean On You

6. Use Me Lord

7. It Pays To Serve Jesus

8. What A Blessing In Jesus I've Found

10. Come To Jesus Right Now

11. I'm Just Another Soldier

12. Old Time Religion

Disc 2

1. When The Lord Gets Ready (You Got To Move)

2. My God, My Freedom, My Home

4. Precious Lord

5. How Do You Feel

6. Yes God Is Real

7. He's My Friend

8. Strength, Power & Love

10. Somewhere To Lay My Head

11. Lord Jesus

12. Prayer & Amazing Grace

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Track List: Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958

Disc 1

5. He Knows My Heart

8. Each Day

11. Mother's Song

13. Same Train

16. One Day

19. Lord's Gospel Train

20. Bedside Of A Neighbor

21. There Is Rest For The Weary

26. Walking In Jesus Name

Disc 2

1. Let Us Run

2. Come Over Here

5. No Matter How You Pray

7. Ship Of Zion

8. Jesus Bears The Cross

9. My God Is Real

11. Another Soldier Gone

13. Toll The Bells

14. I Need Thee

16. One Day When I Was Walking (I'm In His Care)

19. Lord Have Mercy

26. Old Time Religion

Disc 3

2. Our Prayer

6. Yes It's Me Lord, That Came To Thee

10. He's Alright With Me

11. I Was So Happy

14. I Want To Go To Heaven

15. Burying Ground

Disc 4

1. I Can See So Much

3. Didn't It Rain

6. Glad To Be In The Number

7. Walk With Me

15. Didn't It Rain

19. Hard To Get Along

20. Mother Bowed

23. When I Lay This Body Down

25. I Never Knew

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Track List: Testify! The Gospel Box

Disc 1

2. Stalin Wasn't Stallin'

3. Milky White Way

4. Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around

9. Let's Go Out To The Programs

10. Amazing Grace

12. Somewhere To Lay My Head

14. All Things Are Possible

15. Didn't It Rain

18. Mary Don't You Weep

Disc 2

1. Mighty High

2. Oh Happy Day

3. Lord, Don't Move The Mountain

6. I Go To The Rock

8. No Charge

13. Strange Man

Disc 3

1. Show Up!

3. Spread Love

4. Tomorrow

6. Be Encouraged

7. A Message For The Saints

8. I Believe

9. Deep River/Campground

10. How I Depend On You

12. Order My Steps

13. The Battle Is The Lord's

14. Dear God

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Track List: The Gospel Truth

1. Rock Of Ages

2. Lord Will Make A Way

3. I Believe He Died For Me

4. Hallelujah

5. Peace Among The Nations

7. It Pays To Serve Jesus

8. When The Gates Swing Open

9. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

10. Amazing Grace

13. Wine Is Running Out

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Track List: Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection

Disc 1

2. Baby, It's You

3. Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite

4. Ain't Times Hard

5. You Don't Have To Go

7. I Wish You Would

8. At My Front Door

9. Hurt My Feelings

10. Bad Boy

11. Somewhere To Lay My Head

13. Fool's Prayer

14. Oop De Oop

15. I'll Be Forever Loving You

16. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby

18. Up On The Mountain

19. Big Town Playboy

20. Rock 'n' Roll Mama

21. Oh What A Nite

Disc 2

1. Dimples

2. The Telephone Is Ringing

4. Uncloudy Day

6. Mother's Son

8. Honest I Do

9. Farther Along

10. You Can Make It If You Try

11. It Hurts Me Too

14. Blues Get Off My Shoulder

15. For Your Precious Love

17. I Love You Honey

18. Leave You In The Hands Of The Lord

19. Nobody But You

21. Crying For My Baby

Disc 3

1. Mary Don't You Weep

2. Steppin' Out

3. Just A Little Bit

6. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

7. Easy Lovin'

8. No Shoes

10. He Will Break Your Heart

11. Exodus

12. Big Boss Man

13. Raindrops

14. Every Beat Of My Heart

16. Bright Lights, Big City

17. Nite Owl

18. Duke Of Earl

19. Real Gone Mama

21. Boom Boom

Disc 4

1. I'm A Woman

2. Make It Easy On Yourself

3. Sherry

4. Rainbow

7. Body Surf

8. You're No Good

10. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)

11. Steal Away

12. Have I The Right

13. Let It Be Me

15. Getting Mighty Crowded

17. Tainted Love

18. Billy's Bag

19. Stay In My Corner

21. Let's Do It Over

22. I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me

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