Glide Memorial’s Bobby Kent
(Olympia 6052N2) 1976
The San Francisco Bay Area was the scene for much of what made the 1960’s and 1970’s what they were, and this album is right in the groove of that.
Glide Memorial is one of the premier black liberal churches in the U.S. It was in the forefront of many causes in the 1960’s, including homosexual rights.
Like the church, this album is a mould breaker. Black gospel, like the older forms of country and western music, had many specific rules about what was acceptable and what wasn’t. Bobby Kent set out to push the envelope, and the result is a fast moving, delightful combination of what Ken Scott refers to as “Two parts black gospel, one part rock ‘n’ roll and one part blues.”
But there are other unique parts of this album. The first is that, for an album that screams “black music,” Bobby Kent was white, a sort of Jimi Hendrix in reverse. Beyond that, the theology that gets put forth in this music is not only very “unliberal,” (there are some great traditional hymns here) but gets into the realm of prosperity teaching! He called his group the “Cadillac Christians,” and in a ecclesiastical/political environment where good things come from the government, that’s quite a statement.
Bobby Kent is still with us and active; he has two more albums which you can obtain here.
- My Soul Is Satisfied
- I Can’t Help But Serve The Lord
- The Lord Is Blessing Me/Jesus Woke Me Up
- Christian Automobile
- Dr. Jesus
- Come To The Fountain
- Hallelujah, ‘Tis Done
- Livin’ In The Last Days
- Power In The Blood