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The Swan Silvertones


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The Swan Silvertones were a gospel vocal group that performed in the 1940s and 1950s. Originally called the Four Harmony Kings, they were formed in 1938 by Claude Jeter, a West Virginia miner, and included Solomon Womack. They obtained their own radio show in Knoxville, TN sponsored by Swan bakeries, and changed their name to the Swan Silvertone Singers.

The Swan Silvertones have been around, seemingly, forever. Claude Jeter originally

formed the group as the Four Harmony Kings, way back in 1938. Jeter died in 2009, but
The Swan Silvertones live on with Need More Love, a traditional and worshipful new

Nothing sums up enjoyable black gospel better than the track, “Let’s Go to Church”.
When The Swan Silvertones sing, “When you get there, you can leave your troubles at
the door,” the same can also be said of the experience in listening to these 12 enthusiastic
tracks. Gospel music is all about focusing on God, and turning away from all the (mostly)
bad reports on the TV news. The black church experience is as much physical as it is
emotional and spiritual. Therefore, The Swan Silvertones encourage listeners to clap their
hands right along with this vocal quintet during “Let’s Go to Church”. That’s an offer
impossible to refuse.

This CD opens with “New Jerusalem”, a traditional gospel powerhouse. The track


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