Of the next “Rock It Properly” broadcast, DJ Darla Bea says:

Little Richard just turned 83. Time to celebrate the Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll singers who came from a Gospel background tonight as we’ll be socking it to Santa for two whole hours!

Many popular singers of the 1950s-1970s have roots in U.S. churches. Tonight’s program shows the influence of Black Christian Spirituals from the American South on the sounds of artists performing in a range of secular genres far and wide.

The great Ray Charles incorporated the ‘rhythmic fervor of African-American Gospel with the sound and instrumentation of Jazz and R&B, the singer-pianist made music that was both gritty and sophisticated, and blazed multiple musical trails through the 50s and 60s’ (teachrock.org). The creation of a new Soul Music genre was not greeted warmly by religious traditionalists, but the impact of this creative approach forever changed popular music worldwide.

We’ll delve into the spiritual backgrounds of musical figures such as Bill Langford & the Langfordaires, Nina Simone, Odetta, The Impressions, Ike and Tina, and many lesser-known artists, give praise for their musical contributions, and even share a few high-energy songs perfect for this festive season!

Get ready for a Rock ’n’ Soul Holiday Extravaganza!”

“Rock It Properly” airs on Sundays in the fall from 8-10pm.