Evelyn Hardy, Oral History

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Title

Evelyn Hardy, Oral History

Subject

Music

Description

Evelyn Hardy, piano player and founding member of the Gospel Harmonettes, a famous female gospel group based in Birmingham, Alabama. Evelyn shares her recollections of the group’s beginning in the 1940’s.

Creator

Evelyn Hardy
Bob Friedman

Publisher

Birmingham Black Radio Museum

Date

January 26, 2007

Contributor

Lindsey Reynolds
Emily Bibb

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Language

English

Identifier

HardyOH

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Interviewer

Bob Friedman

Interviewee

Evelyn Hardy

Location

WJLD Studios, Birmingham Alabama

Transcription

Transcript from audio snippet:

Bob Friedman: Vera Kolb

Evelyn Hardy: Vera Kolb, that was her name when she passed.

EH: Let’s see, how many is that..Odessa, Mildred, Vera, Willie May Thomas, she’s gone, she passed. She married Newbury, who was a Black Baron, a baseball player. You ever heard of him?

BF: What was his first name?

EH: Jimmy

BF: Jimmy Newbury

EH: Ok so how many, so then there was Evelyn so that made five. That was the original Gospel Harmonettes. Dorothy Love Coates later joined the group about five or six years later.

BF: So did that original group record?

EH: Yes we sang and recorded. We recorded with RCA

BF: With RCA? Under the name the Gospel Harmonettes? So that means there should be 78’s.

EH: I have some

BF: You need to let us take pictures of them, or I’ll visit you. Because I know how 78’s are. I have a bunch myself. So that’s great. I don’t think anybody, now I would love to record them, record them and clean them up and put them on a cd for you. I would love to do that. We recently…Gatemouth Moore.

EH: I remember him.

BF: He started out in blues in the 40’s and he shifted to Gospel in the early 50’s . He was at EDR and WJLD. And we have a 78 of his blues work in the 1940’s and just recently, here in Birmingham, got a Chess 78 of him singing “Thank You Jesus” so we have his whole career plus a live interview, so that stuff’s real interesting to us.

Citation

Evelyn Hardy and Bob Friedman, “Evelyn Hardy, Oral History,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed November 18, 2018, http://thebbrm.org/document/73.

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