Monday, December 24, 2007

Fresh from a shelac shack in NYC...



I Want Two Wings - Rev. Utah Smith

And just who on God's green marble could possibly be outlandish enough to inspire Rev. Charlie "Wrapped Up and Tangled Up in Jesus" Jackson? Read on gentle reader, read on...


"Rev. Utah Smith (1906 - 1965) first was a "traveling evangelist" out of the Churches Of God In Christ before he settled in New Orleans. There he founded the Two Wings Temple and the song "Two Wings" became his "theme song". Smith oftentimes used two wings while singing this song. Even before he came to New Orleans he played an electric guitar. He toured the South and was famous for this particular song. Smith recorded "Two Wings" first in 1944, but the 1953 recording is the more famous one. Sister Rosetta Tharpe stated Smith being one of the great "old" guitar players in gospel music. Smith's "Two Wings" might be a good example of simple southern community singing."

The flip ain't nothin' to sneeze at neither...

God's Mighty Hand - Rev. Utah Smith