Saturday, 16 April 2011


May 57   (BMI Clearance on 21st June 1957. Billboard review on 18th August 1957.)
45-629-A - A Home For My Soul
(J Q Deal Jr. / Rheda L Strickland)   (Starrite BMI)
45-629-B - Heavenly City
(Rheda L Strickland)   (Starrite BMI)
Conover, NC

Lovely far-back-in-the-hills Gospel from what sounds like a white quartet. I can only hear an accoustic guitar being played, no other instruments and no solos. No personnel details, except perhaps the names listed as song writers.

The FAITH label turns up a fair bit later in the series with various addresses. I've wondered if FAITH was the gospel version of the DIXIE label. Can't be sure. (MC)

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  1. From: Dave Sax:
    Yes, Faith was the gospel version of the Dixie label on two counts. The name was first used for the 100 sacred series of the Dixie 6 track EPs. Soon after the name was used as a default name for the custom series when it wasn't slated for Starday and the artist didn't specify their own label name.

    After the move to Nashville, the Starday name was no longer available for custom use [at around #730] and Dixie and Faith gradually came to be used a lot more frequently. Later on many releases gave the artist's address

  2. Here's an excerpt from an obit I found on the Reverand Roy L Cox of W. VA from 2009

    "Roy was born April 8, 1933, at Gillespie in Ritchie County, W.Va., a son of the late Jacob and Nina Coss Cox. Roy was a graduate of St. Marys High School with the class of 1951 and was retired from the Pleasants County School System as a maintenance supervisor. He was known to his many friends as the "fix-it-man." He loved gospel music and singing in church, as well as being a member of the singing group "The Relative Quartet." He was the founder, member and the retired pastor of the Beech Run Freewill Baptist Church at Arvilla, W.Va."

    Wonder if it was the same "Relative Quartet"?

    One of the songwriters Rheda L Strickland shows up copyrighting a song in 1983 called "Heavenly City"