LA029 Interview: Professor J.W. Williams (LA029Abbott_Side1)
Side 1: Interview with J. W. Williams on 1982-01-23. Abstract for Williams: [00:00-30:32] Professor J.W. Williams begins this 1982 interview by describing his time working at the American Sugar Refinery in the mid-1920s. It was there that he was introduced to quartet trainer Gilbert Porterfield. Williams describes the formation of early gospel quartet, The Four Great Wonders, and shares that they would harmonize over their lunch breaks at the refinery – 0:41. Williams discusses Porterfield's start as a quartet teacher in Alabama and how there was very little quartet activity in New Orleans before Porterfield arrived – 2:26. Williams explains that Porterfield possessed excellent knowledge of tone quality, leading other groups to seek out his expertise – 5:40. Williams discusses his love of beautiful singing and harmonies, which he feels are not appreciated as much as rhythm – 9:51. He then goes on to describe his time as a judge for quartet contests – 12:31. Williams laments how he no longer enjoys going to programs because without the beautiful harmonies, he "can't get anything out of them" – 17:03. He spends more time describing the quartet contests, including the other judges and scoring process – 19:30. The interview concludes with Williams discussing his experience organizing his group, The Southland Gospel Chanters – 26:32.Existence of Extraneous Content Extraneous content not related to this interview found on recording from 30:34 - 46:10.