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Heed the Call (1979)

Updated: Feb 23

Heed the Call is the 23rd studio album by the Christian music vocal group The Imperials, released in 1979 on DaySpring/Word Records. Heed the Call debuted and peaked at number 3 on Billboard magazine's new Top Inspirational Albums chart (renamed Top Christian Albums) on March 29, 1980. The group won their third Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational at the 22nd Grammy Awards and were named Group of the Year at the 11th GMA Dove Awards. The song "Praise the Lord" won Song of the Year the following year given to its writers Brown Bannister and Mike Hudson at the 12th GMA Dove Awards. CCM Magazine ranked "Praise the Lord" at number 67 in their 2006 book The 100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music. "Oh Buddha" gave The Imperials their first number-one song and topped the charts in three formats: Contemporary, Inspirational and Southern Gospel. The album is produced by Chris Christian.

Track listing

1. Overcomer (James Hollihan, Jr.) -3:44

2. Praise the Lord (Brown Bannister, Mike Hudson) -3:35

3. Oh Buddha (Mark Farrow) -3:30

4. Old Man's Rubble (Brown Bannister) -3:21

5. Heed the Call (Chris Christian, Paul Smith) -3:04

6. Let Jesus Do It (Steven Ferguson) -3:28

7. Growing Stronger (James Hollihan, Jr.) -3:34

8. First Morning in Heaven (Chris Christian) -2:45

9. Whenever I Speak His Name (Russ Taff, Tori Taff) -4:40

10. My Mind Forgets a Million Things (Brown Bannister, Mike Hudson) -3:53

11. He Didn't Lift Us Up to Let Us Down (Phil Johnson) -3:23


The Imperials:

Armond Morales -bass, vocals

Jim Murrary -tenor, vocals

Russ Taff -lead vocals

David Will -baritone, vocals

Radio singles

1979 "Praise the Lord" -#2 Christian AC/CHR

1979 "Oh Buddha" -#1 Christian AC/CHR for 8 weeks

1979 "Overcomer" -#15 Christian AC/CHR

Previous release: Imperials Live (1978)

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