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John Miles Gospel Music Radio Program

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Collection Overview

Title: John Miles Gospel Music Radio Program, c.1950s-1964Add to your cart.

Extent: 2.0 MS boxes

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged as follows:

Box 1: Print Materials: Photographs, Interview Transcripts; Recordings in open-reel format

Box 2: Listening copies of recording in audio CD format

Subjects: Gospel music -- Kentucky., Gospel musicians -- Kentucky., Melody Five., Prichard Quartet., Radio programs -- Kentucky., WBVL (Radio Station: Barbourville, Ky.).

Languages: English

Abstract

The Prichard Quartet and the Melody Five gospel singing groups from Whitley County were jointly organized by Chester Prichard and John Miles who both worked as barbers in Barbourville, Knox County, Kentucky. The Prichard Quartet at various times was comprised of Chester Prichard, John Miles, Clifford Miller, Anna Prichard, and Ruby Parton. The Melody Five included Chester, Anna, and Jaola Prichard, and Chester and Roberta Bryant. Both were accompanied on piano by Janice Lundy.

The groups were among the many amateur gospel efforts that were an integral part of Kentucky's local music culture and thriving gospel scene during the twentieth century. They did not make commercial recordings but were heard weekly on Barbourville, Kentucky radio station WBVL during the late 1950s and early 1960s. They also sang frequently at local church and community singing events in Knox and Whitley Counties, Kentucky.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of sound recordings documenting radio performances of the Prichard Quartet and the Melody Five gospel singing groups from Whitley County, Kentucky during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Subject/Index Terms

Gospel music -- Kentucky.
Gospel musicians -- Kentucky.
Melody Five.
Prichard Quartet.
Radio programs -- Kentucky.
WBVL (Radio Station: Barbourville, Ky.).

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use of this material other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], John Miles Gospel Music Radio Program Collection 1950s - 1960s, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The collection was processed by Harry Rice, Sound Archivist.  The finding aid updated by Harry Rice and Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist, in 2015 and updated in February 2016. Links to recordings added 2019.

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0126 SAA 126


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Box 1-2Add to your cart.
Box 1: Original Recordings and Printed MatterAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographs and TranscriptAdd to your cart.

Photographs: Prichard's Quartet, WBVL Barbourville, KY. Members identified on back of photograph.

Oral History Transcript: Interview of Jaola Prichard Siler by Harry Rice on July 29, 2008.  Read Transcript

Listen to Interview Recording Side A      Listen to Interview Recording Side B

Item 1: SC-OR-786-001Add to your cart.

Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s]. Side A - Radio - Side B- Rehearsal.  (Collected by Will Sears from Jaola Prichard Siler- Appalachian Music Fellowship 2008)

Listen To Side A            Listen To Side B

Item 2: SC-OR-786-002Add to your cart.

Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s] Side A Only -  Radio except last track. Side B is blank.  (Donated by John Miles’ Daughters, Carol Frelin and Lola Oliver 10-2008) [tape labeled “Radio Station good Prichard Melody 5] [Box labeled ‘this is Chester Prichard’s]

Listen to Side A

Item 3: SC-OR-786-003Add to your cart.

Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s]. Side A - Radio & some home recordings. Side B Rehearsals. (Donated by John Miles’ Daughters, Carol Frelin and Lola Oliver 10-2008) [tape labeled ‘Radio Station No 1 Best’][Box labeled ‘Radio Station No 1 / 1 Milton / Track No. 2 Church of God / John Miles / Prichard Quartette]

Listen To Side A          Listen To Side B

Item 4: SC-OR-786-004Add to your cart.
Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s]. Side A only - Speaker to microphone copy of SC-OR-786-003-A. Side B is blank. (Donated by John Miles’ Daughters, Carol Frelin and Lola Oliver 10-2008)
Item 5: SC-OR-786-005Add to your cart.

Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s]. Side A - Radio - Side B - Home recordings. Donated by John Miles' Daughters, Carol Frelin and Lola Oliver 10-2008) [Tape labeled 'Radio Station IV' / 'Lola & Ray talking'] [Home Recordings, solo and duet singing]

Listen To Side A              Listen To Side B

Item 6: SC-OR-786-006Add to your cart.
Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s]. Side A only - Side B is blank. Speaker to microphone copy of parts of  SC-OR-786-003-A, 786-002, 786-004-A. (Donated by John Miles’ Daughters, Carol Frelin and Lola Oliver 10-2008). [Reel labeled ‘Radio Station Duplicate Do Not Record’ - Box labeled ‘Prichard Scld 6/9/56 Big Bill]
Item 7: SC-OR-786-007Add to your cart.

Miles family home and church recordings. [Late 1950s / early 1960s] Sides A & B. [Box labeled ‘Bob & Charles’] [Card in box ‘Start Jaola Prichard / Pretty Singer / 81) Mansion over Hell (illegible) / (little girl) / 123 - E. L. speech / 222 - girls voices / 240 - Joyce children].  (Donated by John Miles’ Daughters, Carol Frelin and Lola Oliver 10-2008). (Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five)

Listen To Side A          Listen To Side B

Item 8: SC-OR-786-008Add to your cart.

Miles family home and church recordings. [Late 1950s / early 1960s] Sides A & B. [Box labeled ‘Bob & Charles’] [Card in box ‘Start Jaola Prichard / Pretty Singer / 81) Mansion over Hell (illegible) / (little girl) / 123 - E. L. speech / 222 - girls voices / 240 - Joyce children]. (Donated by John Miles’ Daughters, Carol Frelin and Lola Oliver 10-2008). (Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five)[Box and reel labeled ‘Preacher Ellis / No 410 John B. Speech / No 460 Steve speech / Let Not your heart be troubled]

Listen To Side A        Listen To Side B

Item 9: SC-OR-786-009Add to your cart.

Miles family home and church recordings. [Late 1950s / early 1960s]. Sides A and B. [Reel labeled "Do Not Record this side (Side 1) / "Record this Side / Fun Tape (Side 2)"] (Donated by John Miles’ Daughters, Carol Frelin and Lola Oliver 10-2008). (Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five)

Listen To Side A          Listen To Side B

Item 10: SC-OR-786-010Add to your cart.

Side A only - Side B is blank - Radio and home recordings.  (Donated by John Miles’ Daughters, Carol Frelin and Lola Oliver 10-2008). [Reel labeled “Prichard Quartette/No 1 this side record (backwards)] [Cards in box “Radio Station No 3 / Do Bottom portion Fun” “June 8, 1956”] (Donated by John Miles’ Daughters, Carol Frelin and Lola Oliver 10-2008)

Listen To Side A

Box 2: Reference Copies/CD format of RecordingsAdd to your cart.
CD 1: SC-OR-786-001Add to your cart.
Reference Copy/CD format. Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s].  See box list, Box 1 for more information.
CD 2: SC-OR-786-002Add to your cart.
Reference Copy/CD format. Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s].  See box list, Box 1 for more information.
CD 3: SC-OR-786-003Add to your cart.
Reference Copy/CD format. Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s].  See box list, Box 1 for more information.
CD 4: SC-OR-786-004Add to your cart.
Reference Copy/CD format. Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s].  See box list, Box 1 for more information.
CD 5: SC-OR-786-005Add to your cart.
Reference Copy/CD format. Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s].  See box list, Box 1 for more information.
CD 6: SC-OR-786-006Add to your cart.
Reference Copy/CD format. Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s].  See box list, Box 1 for more information.
CD 7: SC-OR-786-007Add to your cart.
Reference Copy/CD format. Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s].  See box list, Box 1 for more information.
CD 8: SC-OR-786-008Add to your cart.
Reference Copy/CD format. Miles family home and church recordings. [Late 1950s / early 1960s]Reference Copy/CD format. Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s].  See box list, Box 1 for more information.
CD 9: SC-OR-786-009Add to your cart.
Reference Copy/CD format. Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s].  See box list, Box 1 for more information.
CD 10: SC-OR-786-010Add to your cart.
Reference Copy/CD format. Prichard Gospel Quartet and the Melody Five broadcast recordings on Barbourville, KY radio station WBVL (later WYWY), [Late 1950s / early 1960s].  See box list, Box 1 for more information.

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