The Forgotten Recordings

The Forgotten LIVE Recordings

of gospel singing by various individuals and groups
in Rockford, Illinois between 1967 and 1970

Never Before Made Public
Reel-to-reel tape recordings of LIVE performances

Sit back and enjoy a 2-1/2 hour Sunday afternoon gospel singing made up of amateurs and semi-professional groups singing from their hearts — or select just the songs you want to hear.

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At Christmas in 1966 fifteen year old Roger Baxter was given a tape recorder by his father, Johnie Baxter. These recordings are some of his first attempts at recording live performances ... and the original quality reflects his amateur efforts. But now, even though these old quarter-inch reel-to-reel tape recordings have seen many years of use including breaks and lost sections, they provide us with the sounds of some forgotten memories of live gospel singing performances by various amateur individuals and groups in the Rockford, Illinois, area from so long ago.

These recordings were originally made about 50 years ago during live performances in various churches between 1967 and 1970. They have all of the inherent defects found in live performances like crowd noises and babies crying. And, since they were originally created by a young amateur "recording engineer" just learning how recordings should be made, they suffer from poorly placed microphones, too frequent over modulation and distortion, and the use of whatever cobbled together sound systems that might happen to be in use at the various locations.

At the time no one could have dreamed of these recordings one day being used as archival recordings that have now been made publicly available world-wide on the Internet. So while great care has been taken to attempt to restore the audio you hear now to the original lustre of the live performances, you will still be able to detect some of those recording defects and tape hiss that are a part of these old recordings.

So we invite you to join us as we travel back in time to once again listen to these sounds recorded live in concert many, many years ago. We hope that you enjoy listening to these songs — even though most are performed by untrained amateurs — and that, if you were there at the time, good memories will come flooding back to you ... and, for everyone, that while you listen to these beautiful voices from long ago the messages of the songs will touch your heart as well!

If you recognize these voices — or are one of the voices presented here — please help us better identify the performers. And be sure to tell others who may have sang one of these songs, or may otherwise be interested in listening to these sounds once again, about the easy availability of listening to these recordings online here on my website.

And we would love to hear from you if you find these of interest to you. Maybe you can better identify some of the performers for us (since all we have to go on is any introduction that may have been given during the event, or our own fading memory). Or maybe you can just share with us your memory of one of these events, or about one of the performers.

The Music

By default the music will begin playing from the top of the songs listed below and automatically continue down through the list just as if you were at a live concert. NOTE: Tips for using the controller to customize your listening expedience are included at the bottom of this list.

  • To raise or lower the volume just click higher or lower on the scale (originally set at 80% and you may also need to adjust the volume controls on your computer),
  • << Jump to the previuos recording,
  • || Pause or     > Resume Play,
  • >> Jump to the next recording,
  • [] Stop playback,
  • O Loop or repeat the playback,
  • X Shuffle the playback list, and even
  • Delete songs from the list of those to be played by clicking on the X on the right of the title.
  • If you want to listen to a particular song of your chosing, just CLICK on that song title to select an audio recording from the list below.
  • Also, you use your keyboard arrow keys to ↑ raise and ↓ lower the volume and ← jump back or → forward in the play list, and use your <space bar> to pause or resume play.

Enjoy all of the Baxter Family albums now made available online.

The Gospel Singing Baxter Family You can also choose individually from any of these vintage Baxter Family albums:

Cover of The Baxter Family ... at home - We Sing Because We're Happy gospel music album Cover of Singing Along the Way with The Baxter Family gospel music album Cover of Rock of Love by The Baxter Family gospel music album Cover of Live a Happy Life by The Baxter Family gospel music album Cover of Praise the Lamb of God by the Teen Thrust Troubadores (The Baxter Family) gospel music album Cover of FREE by The Baxters contemporary Christian music album Cover of The Baxter brother's secular music album

You can also listen to some of the forgotten and never before released early recordings of LIVE performances.

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