Sunday, February 03, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Mighty Clouds Of Joy
Artist:Mighty Clouds Of Joy
Song:Been Good To Me
Album:In The House Of The Lord:Live In Houston
The legendary gospel group Mighty Clouds Of Joy celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2008. They're still going strong and sound great. The leader and lead singer then and now is Joe Ligon (born Oct. 11, 1936 in Troy, AL). He moved to Los Angeles as a teen and formed the group in high school with Johnny Martin, Richard Wallace, Leon Polk and Ermant & Elmo Franklin. They signed with Peacock Records and made their first recording in 1959. They've always been popular for their great sound and showmanship. They were known as The Temptations Of Gospel. But a funny thing happened in the mid-70s. Somehow their 1975 song Mighty High became a huge disco hit. The Clouds were the first gospel group to appear on Soul Train. People didn't know it was gospel but it was. Of course it was their only mainstream hit but they continue to record and this great 2005 live CD is on EMI Gospel. Joe Ligon & Richard Wallace are still members of the group along with Michael McCowin, Ron Staples & Wilbert Williams. Here's your chance to check them out. I normally post a video player but in this case I have posted a Truveo widget that will take you to the Mighty Clouds Of Joy performing Movin' & Mighty High on the 2008 BET Celebration Of Gospel. Copy & paste the url and it will take you to the BET website.