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Elder Curry and Elder Charles Beck (1930-1939)

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Memphis Flu
Artist: Elder Curry with Elder Beck
3:02
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The Good Lord Has Set Me Free
Artist: Elder Curry with Elder Beck
3:05
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Hard Times
Artist: Elder Curry with Elder Beck
3:08
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When The World's On Fire
Artist: Elder Beck
3:21
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Pale Horse
Artist: Elder Curry with Elder Beck
3:01
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Change Your Thoughts
Artist: Elder Curry with Elder Beck
2:57
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Prove All Things
Artist: Elder Curry with Elder Beck
3:01
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Drinking Shrine
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
3:09
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If I Have To Run
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
2:35
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Precious Lord
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
3:11
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Love, Oh Love Divine
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
2:19
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I'm A Stranger
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
3:15
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Jesus Remembers When Others Forget
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
2:57
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I Never Will Turn Back
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
2:55
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Hide Me In Thy Bosom
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
3:15
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That's The Way I Do
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
2:56
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Gabriel
Artist: Elder Charles Beck and His Congregation
2:37
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I've Got Heaven On My Mind
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
3:03
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Dry Bones
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
2:48
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You Can't Hurry God
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
2:54
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I'm Goin' To Walk Right In And Make Myself At Home
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
2:59
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Changes (Take 1)
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
3:03
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Changes (Take 2)
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
2:55
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Talk On Talkers
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
2:47
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It Is Thy Servant's Prayers
Artist: Elder Charles Beck
3:12
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Total Tracks: 25   Total Length: 74:25

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Elder Curry and Elder Beck both were singing evangelists, solid instrumentalists (Curry on guitar, Beck on piano and trumpet), and with their fervent, stomping approach to a sort of blues-tinged gospel, they inadvertently prefigured rock & roll. Many have sited Curry’s 1930 recording of “Memphis Flu” (which features Elder Beck on piano) as the first glimmer of rock & roll, and with its relentless 4/4 drive and the energy of Curry’s clapping and foot-stomping congregation added in, it certainly rocks, although the message is a little sobering, as Curry tells his listeners in a fire-and-brimstone style that influenza is a manifestation of God’s wrath at sinners. Given that some 700,000 Americans died during the influenza outbreak of 1918/1919, the tone of “Memphis Flu” seems to lack any degree of compassion, but it is a fascinating song, full of an odd, contrary joy that seems to belie its intent, and it definitely gets your feet moving. This release from Document Records contains “Memphis Flu” as well as the rest of Curry’s recorded work, done for Okeh Records in 1930. It also contains the earliest tracks of Beck, recorded for Okeh (1930), Decca (1937), and Bluebird Records (1939). Beck was a constant presence on radio and records well into the 1940s, and although he is essentially a singing preacher, he was also a consummate musician, adept at piano, organ, trumpet, vibes, and drums, with a versatile voice to match, and he kept one foot in Saturday night even as he issued forth on Sunday. – Steve Leggett

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