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Rock and Roll 101 features Non-Secular music this week on SKY 7
Songs with a religious message were a part of rock's early days, often becoming multi-format hits.
By: SKY 7
On this installment, listeners will discover that there's more of this genre through the years than one may realize. This goes back to the earliest days of the rock era, when rockers like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir hit the charts with "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
The first hour includes Elvis Presley, Sister Janet Mead, The Singing Nun, Johnny Cash with The Statler Brothers, and Ferlin Husky. Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell are represented, along with Ray Stevens, The Impressions, The Hollies, The Walker Brothers, Laurie London, and one of the first Christian rock bands – The Crusaders.
The second hour starts with a three-song tribute to the men of the cloth (The Kingston Trio, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap and Neil Diamond), and "He's So Fine"/"My Sweet Lord" is the Cover of the Week.
And, there's more non-secular tunes from Billy Preston, Chi Coltrane, Rory Block, The Byrds, The Doobie Brothers, Doris Troy and Paul Anka. The show concludes with a nod to the Easter Bunny from Jefferson Airplane and Dee Jay & The Runaways, and a plea to answer prayer from Goose Creek Symphony.
Rock and Roll 101 is heard every Sunday on SKY 7 at 6 p.m. (reboot at 8 p.m.) Arizona/Pacific Time. To listen, log on to https://sky7music.com, then click on Classic Hits and Awesome Variety. Or, download the SKY 7 app.