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Mighty Clouds Of Joy ~ Mighty High 1975 Disco Purrfection Version

Mighty Clouds Of Joy ~ Mighty High 1975 Disco Purrfection Version

Formed the mid 1950’s and based in Los Angeles, The Mighty Clouds of Joy were able to step out of their traditional gospel roots to encompass soul, R&B and rock to bring their message to a larger audience without alienating their fan base. The “Temptations of Gospel” put out their first single in 1960 and evolved to including the use of keyboards, guitars and bass along with choreographed moves that attracted a younger audience. This is their biggest hit and was a disco smash, just listen to it! Dave Crawford who went on to produce Candi Staton “Young Hearts Run Free” takes the credit for bringing the Clouds a more contemporary sound. Did you know that the Clouds were the only gospel group to make it on to “Soul Train”? The group members have included Joe Ligon, Jimmy Jones, Johnny Martin (d. 1987), Ermant Franklin Jr., Artis Turnbough (d. 1999), Elmo Franklin (d. 2008), Richard Wallace, Rodney Hamilton, Leon Polk and David Walke. This is a fine example of early disco, although it is really R&B. Can you imagine the fever level of the dancers when this one ramps up? Hands in the air, y’all!

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