Hobdy Moorer, Oral History

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Hobdy Moorer, Oral History

Description

Rev. Hobdy Moorer, Gospel singer and member of the Pillars of Birmingham. Hobdy shares his history of gospel quartet in Birmingham

Creator

Hobdy Moorer
Bob Friedman

Publisher

Birmingham Black Radio Museum

Date

May 26, 2007

Contributor

Lindsey Reynolds
Emily Bibb

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Language

English

Identifier

MoorerOH

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Interviewer

Bob Friedman

Interviewee

Hobdy Moorer

Transcription

Transcript from audio snippet:

Bob Friedman: You say you traveled around the country?

Hobdy Moorer: Oh yes.

BF: The country?

HM: Kinda like driving some places…

BF: You mean you traveled outside of Alabama?

HM: Yeahhhh

BF: How did you, you just jumped in a car?

HM: Oh we traveled in our automobile. Just like Georgia. Augusta, Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, West Point, Georgia. Then Sturgeon, Mississippi, Columbus, Mississippi...

BF: And they would take up a collection basically...

HM: Yeah yeah. We went to Columbus, Mississippi, ya know our big bass singer was singing about “Tell Heaven I’m Coming Home” Shoot! a white fellow was way in the back there and I’m gonna tell you what he said to him, between me and you…. He told me “Sing it again!” And he put a 50-dollar bill in the hat just for me to sing that one good...and Sanders sung it again. But we had some rough times through that Bob. Was coming out of Georgia and we stopped at a store to get something to eat, and it was a store full of Klu Klux. Sitting around chewing tobacco…Some of them had axe handles in their lap. Said, “Y’all a singing group?” “Yes sir, we just stopped by to buy us some cheese and crackers and things like that.” He said, “Well boys y’all gone have to sing.”
So we said, “We don’t mind singing.” “Got to sing before you leave, if not we’re gonna keep yall down heah.” And they told, named the songs that they wanted us to sing. So he told us, he said I want you, after I told them I didn’t sing, said, “I want you to sing ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ “after that I want you to sing, “Everyone’s Gonna Have a Lesson in Glory” just like the Blackwood Brothers.

BF: Oh God…

Citation

Hobdy Moorer and Bob Friedman, “Hobdy Moorer, Oral History,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed December 10, 2018, http://thebbrm.org/document/84.

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