Song Of The Day – “Rock My Soul” by The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet
The quartet was born in a Virginia barber shop in 1930. They were originally comprised of two friends from the Booker Washington High School glee club, the barber and a one-legged bass singer. On this particular 1938 recording the quartet includes Willie Johnson, Henry Owens, Clyde Riddick and Orlandus Wilson. The Quartet’s Jubilee sound mixed barbershop harmonies, jazz and scat singing with a healthy helping of old time religion and was a great influence on groups like The Ink Spots and many of the Doo Wop groups of the 1950s. The quartet performed for close to 70 years with Riddick staying in the group until he retired in 1995 and Wilson’s death in 1998.