Wade in the water

“Wade in the Water” is the name of an African-American spiritual first published in New Jubilee Songs sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers (1901). When I was fifteen (1960) I saved with my GRUNDIG tape-recorder my first version of “WADE IN THE WATER” – as a teenager in Germany, I was honored to be the lead-singer of a gospel group which gave several performances in a little cinema (before BEATLE-mania occupied all audiences).
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Grown up, 35 years later, in New York, Harlem, I was happy, that I could listen to a real Gospel choir in a church (not on vinyl so many decades before). I’ll never forget that emotional life experience!

Via youtube now I discovered Naomi Shelton and her Gospel Queens with the same title:

Slave Spiritual Story

Margriet Sjoerdsma

Marlena Shaw

Sweet Honey In The Rock

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writer, photographer, guitarist

12 responses to “Wade in the water

  1. Wow!
    Wade in the water.
    Such an emotional piece. I enjoyed all the various renditions.
    Slave spiritual story almost moved me to tears.
    while Margriet Sjoerdsma’s version made me pick up my guitar and play!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great post, Fritz. Too bad Eva Cassidy’s career was so short.

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  3. Lovely, lovely, lovely… Indeed!


  4. Gets right to the roots – heart and soul, Frizz.

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  5. So many great versions!

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  6. a Dutch violinist who liked the last video (with a violinist) has sent another link to me: Bob Dylan with a violin sister in white:


  7. Very moving. Thank you for sharing so many different versions. I enjoyed them all.

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  8. I love that song, and what a great story, your journey from finding gospel music as a child, performing, and then finally hearing gospel in Harlem. I love Naomi – what a voice! What command of the audience, the song, everything!

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