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Thompson Family Memorial Page

Last Updated on 12/10/2013


All of these songs are public domain.

For the history behind the Thompson family memorial music refer to the discussion in red below the links.

Click on the links below to download each song:



Take My Hand Precious Lord

I've Got A Mansion

He Wrote My Name

These Are They

Victory

Rock Of Ages

The Old Rugged Cross

What A Happy Time

I Wanta Know More

What A Day That Will Be

I Need No Mansion

Pass That Drunkard By

I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone

The Roll Call

At Sundown

In That Hour

How Great Thou Art

Good Morning Captain

Thompson Family Music was sung by Clarence Thompson, Viola Thompson, Claude Bivens, Hazel Kyker Bivens and Ron Thompson. Clarence sang lead, tenor, and bass parts on some of these songs. About 1955 Clarence was singing tenor in a quartet sponsered by Baine and Holden Tire Company over WLAR radio station in Athens, Tn. In the same time period his brother Jimmy Thompson was singing bass in a quartet with Oren Ware in a similar program over WLAR. Hazel and her brothers Clyde and Albert also sang in a family group before she married. These songs have been remastered from original reel to reel recordings. Some were monaural tapes on a tube type recorder that had lots of distortion. Some of the tapes had degenerated by age and portions were missing. Digital restoration techniques were used to restore most of the defective sections. The Roland G-70 professional keyboard was used to record background music to supplement the original tapes. These are memorial tapes of Clarence, Viola, Hazel and Claude. Clarence Thompson played the rythym guitar on most of these songs. It was an inexpensive guitar that wasn't intended for musical recordings. Listen closely to track 2 because the vocals on it are exactly like they sounded live at the time of the recording. Clarence is singing bass on track 2 and Hazel is singing alto.

1. "Take My Hand Precious Lord" sung as a solo by Clarence Thompson was recorded between 1966 and 1977. The lead guitar was played by Ron Thompson at the time and recorded on a Sony stereo reel to reel recorder.

2. "I've Got A Mansion" with Clarence Thompson on bass, Hazel Kyker Bivens on alto, and Ron Thompson on the other parts. This song was recorded between 1969 and 1972.

3. "He Wrote My Name" with Viola Thompson on alto and Ron Thompson on the other parts. Viola and Beulah would visit Guilema and Ron on a regular basis on Sundays after Clarence was killed in the accident in 1977. About 1981 Ron designed and built a multitrack fm recorder from an old instrumentation recorder that was salvaged from the Space Program at Huntsville, Alabama. Ron asked her to sing the alto parts on this song and the songs on track 4 and 5. Bass guitar and rythym guitar was added to tracks 3, 4, and 5 using the Roland G-70 keyboard but other than that nothing was changed.

4. "These Are They" with Viola Thompson on alto and Ron Thompson on the other parts. This was recorded about 1981.

5. "Victory" with Viola Thompson on alto and Ron Thompson on the other parts. This was recorded about 1981.

6. "Rock Of Ages" with Clarence Thompson on lead and Hazel Kyker Bivens on alto was recorded between 1961 and 19066 on a tube type reel to reel recorder.

7. "The Old Rugged Cross" was sung as a solo by Clarence Thompson between 1966 and 1977. This song was recorded after he had the heart attack and had lost some of his breathing capacity which made it difficult for him to sing.

8. "What A Happy Time" with Clarence Thompson on lead, Hazel Kyker Bivens on alto, Claude Bivens on tenor, and Ron Thompson on bass. This song was recorded between 1969 and 1972.

Some of the following tracks were recorded on a tube type reel to reel recorder which did not have bias equalization. The quality of the recorder was not good and it was monaural. Because of the poor microphone the vocals have room echo and the vocal was distorted by the recorder. The added parts on the Roland keyboard are evident in the clarity of the music.

9. "I Wanta Know More" with Clarence Thompson on lead, Hazel Kyker Bivens on alto, and Claude Bivens on tenor was recorded between 1961 and 1966 on the tube type recorder. Sections of the tape were defective but most were restored using digital editing technology.

10. "What A Day That Will Be" with Clarence Thompson on tenor, Hazel Kyker Bivens on alto, and Ron Thompson singing lead. The recording was made on a Sony reel to reel recorder between 1972 and 1977.

11. "I Need No Mansion" with Clarence Thompson on lead and Hazel Bivens on alto.. This was recorded between 1961 and 1966 on a tube type reel to reel recorder. Sections of the tape were defective but most of the flaws were remastered out of the tape.

12. "Pass That Drunkard By" with Clarence Thompson singing solo. This was recorded between 1961 and 1966 on a tube type reel to reel recorder. Sections of the tape were defective but mostly restored.

13. "I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone" with Clarence Thompson singing solo was recorded between 1961 and 1966 on a tube type reel to reel recorder. Sections of the tape were defective and could not be completely repaired.

14. "The Roll Call" with Clarence Thompson singing solo was recorded between 1961 and 1966 on a tube type reel to reel recorder. Sections of the tape were defective but most of the flaws were repaired.

15. "At Sundown" with Clarence Thompson singing solo was recorded between 1961 and 1966 on a tube type reel to reel recorder. Sections of the tape were defective but most of the flaws were repaired.

16. "In That Hour" with Clarence Thompson singing solo was recorded between 1961 and 1966 on a tube type reel to reel recorder. Sections of the tape were defective but most of the flaws were remastered out of the tape.

17. "How Great Thou Art" with Clarence Thompson singing solo was recorded between 1969 and 1977 after Clarence had his heart attack. He had difficulty in singing because he had lost lung capacity from the heart attack. This was recorded on a stereo recorder of reasonably good quality but not studio quality.

18. "Good Morning Captain" with Clarence Thompson singing solo was recorded between 1961 and 1966 on a tube type reel to reel recorder. Sections of the tape were defective but most of the flaws were remastered out of the tape.

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