Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with McKinley Underwood, May 18, 1983

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:15 - Musical worship

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Partial Transcript: I am in the church of Reverend McKinley Underwood, who is pastor of the Clovertown Church of God.

Segment Synopsis: Underwood discusses the Dr. Watts hymns, and musical worship.

Keywords: Christianity; Clovertown Church of God; Contemporary worship; Dr.Watts hymns; Harlan (Ky.); Hymns; Lock gospel; Religious music; Slavery; Surge singing; Tempo; Youth

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American older people; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Childhood; Music

00:04:42 - Message in the music

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Partial Transcript: Well do you find that the message--the words--is there any difference in the words of these songs?

Segment Synopsis: Underwood discusses the messages in religious music.

Keywords: Black people; Call and response; Christianity; Contemporary gospel; Francine Clay; God; Jesus Christ; Leadership; Lining out; Prayer meetings; Religious music; Youth

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American leadership; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Music

00:10:22 - Younger generations and hymns

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Partial Transcript: Well you know this is, uh, traditionally music that is unaccompanied.

Segment Synopsis: Underwood discusses the younger generation's understanding of hymns.

Keywords: "Amazing Grace"; Black community; Camp of the Southern Baptist; Church of Christ; Coal mining; Drums; Gospel; Greater Mt. Zion Church; Harlan (Ky.); Instruments; Lining out; Ministers; Religious music; Segregation; Singing; Youth choir

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American older people; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Hymns; Music

00:23:18 - Changes in music

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Partial Transcript: Well let's see, let me ask you another question.

Segment Synopsis: Underwood discusses some of the evolution in music and practices of musical worship.

Keywords: Acid Rock; Blues; Gospel; Gospel Rock; Lining out; Mission day; Rhythm and Blues; Rock and roll; Rock singers; Singing; Slavery; Soul singers; War; Youth

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American older people; African American--History; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Music

00:31:17 - Significance of gospel music / church membership

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Partial Transcript: You know I want to ask you something. I've heard, uh, another, uh, person say--use the same word, "the inner feeling."

Segment Synopsis: Underwood speaks on the significance of maintaining the traditional music of the older Black generations.

Keywords: Black community; Eastern Kentucky; Folk music; Gospel songs; Instruments; Lining out; Pentecostal; Religious music; Sam Cooke; Spirituals; Sunday school

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American older people; African American--History; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Music