LA046 Interviews: Andrew Williams and Allen Matthews (LA046Abbott_Side1)
Side 1: Interview with Andrew Williams at his home in Algiers. Side 2: Interview with Allen Matthews. Interview with Andrew Williams. Abstract for Williams and Matthews: [00:00-31:29] Andrew Williams continues his interview from LA046Abbott_Side2, explaining the importance of music appreciation class in schools and churches because they help people understand the meaning of the songs they're singing. He recalls some of the songs the Gibbs Singers would perform and their relationship with the Duncan Brothers. Williams explains the difference between the songs the Gibbs Singers would perform at Black churches versus the songs they would sing at dinner parties and hotels for white people. He talks about the radio broadcasts he performed on, and mentions meeting popular singers including Mahalia Jackson. He discusses starting another group with his family called the Williams Singers. [00:00-13:47] On LA046Abbott_Side2, Lynn Abbott and Allen Matthews try to piece together what The Hawks were doing during the 1950s. [13:49-31:11] Interview with Andrew Williams begins with him speaking about his participation in the Harmony Four and the Gibbs Spiritual Singers. He remembers being trained at Dillard University by Frederick Hall and another group trained by Hall, the Dillard University Quartet. Williams then talks about Elliot Beal's influence on the Gibbs Singers. He also speaks about the trouble they had booking programs in some churches because they sang work songs, which are traditional spirituals that were sung by the enslaved. Williams counters the exclusion of work songs, saying that people shouldn't be ashamed of their heritage – 26:25. He explains the meaning of spiritual songs to his culture and religion, then discusses the new style of singing that Gilbert Porterfield brought with him to New Orleans.