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What are some good black gospel music songs?

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Some good gospel songs include ���Take My Hand, Precious Lord,��� ���Move On Up a Little Higher��� and ���Touch the Hem of His Garment.��� These gospel hits are some of the most iconic in the genre.

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What are some good black gospel music songs?
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���Take My Hand, Precious Lord��� is one of the most enduring and influential gospel songs. Thomas A. Dorsey, a former blues musician, adapted the melody from a 19th century hymn, changing the lyrics to reflect his own sadness after the deaths of his wife and child. ���Take My Hand, Precious Lord��� is one of the most frequently covered gospel songs, performed by Nina Simone, Chaka Khan and Mahalia Jackson, who sang the song at the funeral service of Martin Luther King Jr.

���Move On Up a Little Higher��� is another of the most influential gospel songs and also the genre���s first legitimate popular hit. Pastor W. Herbert Brewster wrote the song in 1947; it went on to sell over 8 million copies. ���Move On Up a Little Higher��� holds a place in both the National Recording Registry and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Vocalist and songwriter Sam Cooke wrote ���Touch the Hem of His Garment��� on his way to a recording session; the tune became an enduring gospel favorite. The song tells the biblical story of a woman who wants to touch the hem of Jesus��� garment.

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