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Chicago and the history of Gospel music

Thomas A. Dorsey is known as the Father of Black Gospel Music. While, it is believed that he invented the term “gospel music,” there were many other pioneers and from right here in Chicago. One of the first gospel recordings was by a blind Chicago female pianist and singer. The city’s gospel music history is rich and traces its origins to the first Great Migration of African Americans to the north. Chicago gospel radio announcer and music historian Robert Marovich traces the history of the genre in his new book, A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel. He shares some of those historical nuggets on Morning Shift. (Flickr/photosteve101)

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