Blind Boys of Alabama - Jimmy Carter

  • Aired:  11/13/13
  •  | Views: 24,771

Blind Boys of Alabama founding member Jimmy Carter talks about performing since 1944, his love for gospel music and the secret to his youthful appearance. (3:33)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY, MY MUSICAL GUESTS

TONIGHT FIRST BEGAN SPORMINGIN 1939, ALMOST AS LONG AGO

AS THE ROLLING STONES.

PLEASE WELCOME JIMMY CARTERFROM THE BLIND BOYS OF

ALABAMA.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)MR. CARTER, THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR JOINING US.

>> THANK YOU, MY FRIEND.

>> Stephen: WHAT A PLEASURETO YOU HAVE ON.

>> THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: NOW FOR THEUNINITIATED OUT THERE.

ARE YOU ONE OF THE ORIGINALMEMBERS OF THE BLIND BOYS OF

ALABAMA.

>> THAT'S WHAT THEY TELL ME.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

WHAT YEAR DID YOU GUYS STARTSINGING TOGETHER?

>> WELL, NOW LET ME-- THEBLIND BOYS MET UP IN SCHOOL

IN 1939.

BUT THEY DIDN'T HIT THE ROADUNTIL 1944.

>> Stephen: OKAY SO, BUT YOUHAVE BEEN PERFORMING

TOGETHER ON THE ROAD SINCE1944?

>> THE BLIND BOYS, THAT'SCORRECT.

>> Stephen: WOW.

AND YOU MET-- (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

YOU MET AT THE ALABAMAINSTITUTE FOR THE NEGRO

BLIND.

AND YOU SING TRADITIONALCONTEMPORARY GOSPEL MUSIC

AND THE NEW ALBUM IS CALLED.

>> I'LL FIND A WAY.

>> Stephen: I'LL FINE A WAY,EXACTLY.

NOW HOW OLD OF A MAN AREYOU?

>> WELL, I DON'T TELL THAT.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> I JUST TELL THEM I'M PAST50.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: WELL, LISTEN, IF

YOU'VE BEEN-- IF YOU'VE BEENSINGING ON THE ROAD SINCE

1944.

AND YOU LOOK THIS GOOD IWANT TO KNOW HOW ARE YOU

KEEPING IT GOING.

PLEASE TELL ME IT'S POPTARTS AND BOURBON, WHAT

DOW -->> WELL, NO, I DRINK A GLASS

OF WINE EVERY DAY.

AND I EAT GOOD.

I LOVE SOUTHERN COOKING.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: I LOT OF GREAT

SINGERS, A LOT OF GREATSINGERS START OFF IN GOSPEL

AND MADE THE TURN INTO POPMUSIC.

HOW COME YOU NEVER MADE THETURN LIKE SAM COOK, YOU KNOW

♪ SHE WAS ONLY 16 ♪.

>> ONLY 16 ♪♪.

>> I CAN DO THAT TOO.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M GLADYOU SAID THAT.

WHEN SAM WAS OFFERED, WHENHE WAS ASKED TO CROSS OVER,

THE BLIND BOYS WERE AT THESAME STUDIO, THE SAME DAY

AND THE SAME TIME.

WE WERE ALSO OFFERED ACHANCE TO CROSS OVER BUT WE

TURNED IT DOWN.

>> Stephen: WHY?

>> WELL, WE WERE DEDICATEDTO GOSPEL MUSIC AND WE WERE,

WHEN WE STARTED OUT WE SAIDWE WEREN'T GOING TO TURN

BACK AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VEBEEN DOING FOR ALL THESE

YEARS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: AS A BLIND

PERSON IS RACISMPARTICULARLY RIDICULOUS TO

YOU BECAUSE YOU CAN'T TELLWHAT RACE ANYBODY IS?

>> WELL, LET ME SAY THIS,NOW.

I CAN-- I CAN TELL, I CANTELL.

>> Stephen: YOU CAN TELL.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S TEST YOU,LET'S TEST YOU.

NOBODY TELL HIM.

WHAT RACE DO YOU THINK I AM,AND I'LL GIVE YOU A HINT, I

ENJOY THE COLUMNS OF RICHARDCOHEN.

>> I'M TO THE GOING TO TELLYOU.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, THENI GUESS I'LL NEVER KNOW.

WELL, JIMMY CARTER, WILL YOUPLEASE SING A SONG FOR US

WITH THE BLIND BOYS OFALABAMA.

>> IF THEY COME OUT.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, WE'LLSEE WHAT WE CAN DO.

MR. CARTER, THANK YOU SOMUCH.

THE ALBUM IS I'LL FIND A WAY,WE'LL BE

Loading...