"God" is Behind Some of the Best Music
In the middle of the twentieth century, a music that came to be called "soul music", "rhythm & blues" and by some, "devil's music", has its origins in gospel music and churches. Names we know as singers in soul music, names like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and so many others started by singling in church.
Some of the most famous American popular hits came from gospel music: "Stand By Me", is directly based on a gospel hymn. "Amazing Grace", "Oh Happy Day" and "I walk the Line". Curtis Mayfield said of his song "People Get Ready", "That was taken from my church or from the upbringing of messages from the church. "
In 2001, Elvis Presley was inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame, as were popular artists Al Green, Mahalia Jackson and Johnny Cash. Whitney Houson first sang in gospel choirs and recorded a gospel album after starring in the move "The Preacher's Wife".
Rolling Stone magazine named "People Get Ready" the 24th greatest song of all time. It has been covered over the years since the original The Impressions version by many famous artists, most recently by Joss Stone, Jeff Beck with Rod Stewart, and Seal.