Monday Music: “Joshua Fit the Battle,” Clara Ward Singers featuring Geraldine Jones

 

Clara Ward Singers

Clara Ward Singers

Today’s Monday Music is a 1962 performance of the The Clara Ward Singers in Antibes, France during the Antibes Jazz Festival. Geraldine Jones is singing the lead with Mildred Means singing soprano.

Started by Clara Ward’s mother, Gertrude Ward, the Ward Singers began in 1931 as a family group. Later the youngest daughter, Clara, began to lead the group.

They were known for their creativity with songs and used styles similar to male quartets including regularity swapping parts and leaving room for improvisation. Various incarnations of the group performed up until the 1970s. Clara Ward died in 1973.

Check out their rich harmonies in today’s Monday Music selection.

 

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