Boy was I surprised today. I found an unlabeled video tape and stuck it in the player to see what was on it. It turned out to be a dub of some old 16mm film shot in the 70′s while I was working for the NBC TV station in Ft. Worth, Texas. In addition to all the pictures of me decked out in bellbottoms and flowered shirts, there was some rare footage I shot of Andrae Crouch and the Disciples in 1971.
I filmed their sound check before a concert at a local church for a story about the group on the evening news. The song was, “Satisfied.” I’m sure I had them sing it two or three times to get all the angles I needed, but I don’t know where all that film is or what happened to the cut story. I was thrilled and very surprised to find this one uncut take of, “Satisfied”. I was sure it no longer existed.
Forty years sitting in a box has taken its toll on the sound, which isn’t quite up to the correct speed at the beginning. Also I only had one mic on the camera to record the audio so the mix is not the best, but footage of Andrae and the Disciples singing in the early 70′s is so rare I think this is worth posting.
Fans of the group will notice this was done before Andrae added the band featuring Bill Maxwell, Hadley Hockensmith, Harlan Rogers, and Fletch Wilcy, and unfortunately this angle doesn’t show Bili Thetford although you can hear him singing and playing bass.
It’s an oldie but goodie and a fun trip down memory lane.