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Bunk Johnson’s “Closer Walk With Thee,” my dad, and Port Gibson

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My father was a trad jazz fan (and clarinet player), and loved revival music of the forties from New Orleans.

About that time, he and some friends worked their way into the steeple of the First Presbyterian Church in Port Gibson, which had loudspeakers connected to a record player. ¬†They set it up playing New Orleans’ Bunk Johnson playing “Closer Walk With Thee.”

It was a major moment for me as a record collector when I came upon that 78.

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