Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia (Book)

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This comprehensive guide is a must-have for the multitude of fans of this best-selling genre of popular music. Uncloudy Days is a treasure chest of substantial profiles on the influential names in gospel music history such as Thomas Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson, the Hawkins family, Clara Ward, James Cleveland, and the Winans. It also uncovers the history of one-hit wonders and others who are not as familiar to gospel music fans. Everyone has a story to share and this book tells more than 500 of them, many based on personal interviews, including the trials and tribulations endured by so many gospel artists.
The author offers entertaining and informative reviews that lead readers to the best recordings by their favorite artists and help them find new music to explore. A glossary of terms and numerous charts showing the best-selling gospel recordings and videos of all time round out this entertaining and indispensable resource for current fans and new converts alike. Includes 30 black-and-white photos

Product Details

  • Series: Book
  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (August 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879308419
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds

Customer Reviews


3 people found this helpful.
 on September 10, 2005
By S. M. Linen
“A work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or treats comprehensively a particular branch of knowledge usually in articles arranged alphabetically often by subject”. That is the definition for encyclopedia established in Webster Dictionary. Uncloudy Day is not just an encyclopedia of Gospel Music, but the greatest treasure of information contained in one book. You will read narratives that chronicles the lives behind the music. You will read about very renowned household names, to some not so well recognized, but all have helped to make gospel music what it is today. I am sure you will be encouraged when you read the stories behind the celebrated performers in this book. Also included is a Glossary of Terms, Gospel Trivia, Charts and a great deal more. As a Gospel Radio Announcer I highly recommend this book. If I had to put it in one word it would be “Astounding”. Bil Carpenter has produced a MASTERPIECE.

a must-read for black gospel fans

 on November 23, 2008
By man man
The critical reviews of this book are valid. Don’t think of it as an “encyclopedia” in the classic sense but rather one man’s subjective compilation of black gospel. Maybe the book should have been titled “Profiles in Gospel”. That said, the author knows his gospel – especially from the 1980’s to current. You may not agree with his personal assessment of some artists but that is part of the fun. It was a fascinating read that I kept going back to. It was great to have all these behind the scenes stories in one neat volume. Some of it is quite courageous to include in a volume about religious music. All of my favorite gospel artists were in there. A comprehensive book about every significant black gospel artist since Thomas Dorsey was bound to leave some less than satisfied. I give the author a lot of credit for such an ambitious undertaking.


 on April 15, 2014
By Phyllis Noble
This is one of the best documentaries on traditional gospel music that I have ever seen. It gives you full performances instead of short little teasers, which I hate. There are rare performances in the documentary that I have never seen before. I first saw this on Netflix and I just had to have a copy for myself.


 on February 6, 2008
By Mr. Nightshift
This is one of those books that keep you going back to check and/or to read the story again. Several interesting facts that even I didn’t know (And I’m a Collector!). Want to make a Gospel Music lover happy or even someone that’s not quite deep into Gospel will even find this very entertaining…This is the perfect Christmas, Birthday or ‘I was just thinking about you’ gift for ANYONE!!!

The Greatest-Top of the Musical Singers

 on May 13, 2014
By Bettye Sullivan
There will never be anyone who is able to top Ms. Jackson. I am a great admirer of her. I was blessed to see her one time in my life. Nobody, nobody will ever match her style……………………..


 on May 1, 2014
By Douglas Shamburger
I have used the book in Elementary schools. This book has been used to encourage 2nd and 4th graders to read. We will order more copies later

Love It!

 on March 11, 2014
By Phyllis Smith
This is a great addition to my Black History Collection. It is an easy read and full of forgotten people who paved the way for so many others.

Four Stars

 on November 30, 2014
By Cole. Nancy
Book is ok

Great Book

 on May 13, 2013
By Kenneth Kullbom
I am an Artist and like reading about people who encourage me. This book inspires me to learn and recieve.

Very good.

 on May 4, 2013
By C. Haskins
Very well put together film on the Gospel Music history. My husband just had to have it, and he loves it.

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