Harold Washington Library Center
Visual & Performing Arts
Jubilee Showcase Gospel Music Video Collection
One of the longest-running programs in Chicago television history, Jubilee Showcase was aired for 21 years, January 10, 1963, through January 8, 1984, on WLS-TV, the ABC Network station in Chicago.
Presenting the widest variety of gospel and inspirational music, this historic, pioneering program reached a vast audience every Sunday morning and featured America's greatest gospel artists, including many of Chicago's finest singers, musicians, and choral groups.
The great majority of performers, some now nationally and internationally acclaimed, made their television debuts on Jubilee Showcase. The program received high praise and recognition, including "The Emmy" from the Television Academy. Through the generosity of host/producer Sid Ordower, approximately one hundred Jubilee Showcase programs were made available to the Chicago Public Library for transfer to videocassettes from the original master tapes using a special digital process.
A sampling of the photographs in the collection is found in the Jubilee Showcase Photo Gallery.
Some additional performers on videotape include:
|Argo Singers Harold Bailey Singers
Alex Bradford Singers
Missionary Baptist Church Inspirational Choir
Chicago Pentecostal Choir
Missionary Baptist Church Choirs
Clefs of Faith
Beatrice Alford Clency
Lucy Smith Collier
Corinthian Temple Church of God in Christ Radio Choir
Katie Davis Singers
Archie Dennis, Jr.
Jessy Dixon Singers
Emanon Choral Ensemble
Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Choir
First Church of Deliverance Choir
First Church of Love & Faith Choirs
Fountain of Life Baptist Church Choir
Ralph H. Good
Greater Bethesda Baptist
Church Sanctuary Choir
Hulah Gene Hurley
Institutional Radio Choir of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson
Rev. Myrtle Jackson
Spencer Jackson Family
Rev. George Jordan
Rev. Stanley Keeble
Liberty Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir
Lighthouse Baptist Church Choir
Arthur Logan Singers
Bill Moss & Celestials
Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Youth Choir
Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church Choirs
New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church Choirs
New Friendship Baptist Church Inspirational Choir
Dorothy Norwood Singers
Omega Baptist Church Choir
Operation Breadbasket Choir
Operation Push Choir
Philharmonic Youth Choir