Posts Tagged ‘Sid Ordower’

Jubilee Showcase Commemorative DVD Collection Available

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Long before Gospel Music Channel and Bobby Jones Gospel, there was a show originating out of Chicago Illinois that brought GOSPEL MUSIC into the homes of tv viewers each Sunday morning.  You can now have a piece of Gospel Music history with the release of the Jubilee Showcase DVD Collectors Edition Jubilee Showcase

Steve Ordower, son of Jubilee Showcase host, the late Sid Ordower,  has compiled the “Jubilee Showcase” compilation DVD featuring classic performances from the 1960s and 1970s of The Staple Singers, The Soul Stirrers, Inez Andrews, Andrae Crouch and Jessy Dixon, among others.   PBS has been airing an hour-long special on the groundbreaking series celebrating its 50 years since late November 2013. Scores of artists and personalities appeared on the show over the years, ranging from James Cleveland, The Staple Singers and Andrae Crouch to Rev. Jesse Jackson. At its height, “Jubilee Showcase” boasted over 250,000 weekly viewers and presented some of the biggest names in gospel.

 

The DVD is available online at http://www.jubileeshowcase.com.

Jubilee Showcase 50th Anniversary Celebrated on PBS

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Jubilee ShowcaseLong before the days of Bobby Jones Gospel, Sid Ordower hosted a groundbreaking gospel music television program that aired from 1963 to 1984 on WLS Channel 7 in Chicago featuring some of the biggest names in gospel called Jubilee Showcase. The Emmy Award winning weekly show will celebrate its 50th anniversary during a Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Pledge special on WTTW, the Chicago PBS affiliate, on October 10, 2013 at 9 P.M. CST, then began to air nationally on PBS stations throughout the United States beginning in December 2013.

The pledge program, hosted by Clifton Davis will present historic footage of The Staple Singers, The Soul Stirrers and The Caravans and others.  “I love gospel music,” Davis says of his decision to host the program. “I love historic gospel music. Every time we review this on television, a new generation has a chance to be introduced to something that inspired us back then.”

James Cleveland Singers Gene Viale Passes

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Gene Viale, a former member of the  James Cleveland Singers has passed away.  (more…)