Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child

Silver Bells Song List
Silver Bells Song List

“Glory to the Newborn King” was the original title of this Traditional African American Gospel Christmas Song. The African American scholar Horace Clarence Boyer (1935-2009) implies that “Glory to the Newborn King” was composed by Margaret Wells Allison, the founder and leader of a popular black gospel ensemble, the Angelic Gospel Singers.

My dear friend and music collaborator, Claire Vance, introduced me to this song five years ago. I loved it so much, that I decided to sing it twenty-four (24) hours after I learned it. Unfortunately, I forgot the words in the middle of the song. The words that came out of my mouth were – yaba, daba, doo, or scooby, dooby, doo.

Ever since that time, I vowed the lyrics would be perfect the next time I sang this song. What better way to do that than recording it in my 1st Christmas album  Silver Bells. This arrangement by Mark Hayes  and Peter Vantine  rhythmically tickling of the ivories makes me wanna clap my hands, and get up and dance.

I’m reposting this blog as the Dec. 26 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.


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