6/16/09

Vinyl Dynamite #8: The Chaplain of Bourbon Street

It's Fun Being Saved
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Call me easily amused, but I get a kick out of listening to these old preachers. Not to demean them in any way, but hearing these pastors back in the 1960s and 1970s talk about how awful the hippies were is just plain hilarious.

This sound clip is from Bob Harrington, the so-called Chaplain of Bourbon Street. If you can make it through the clip you'll hear Harrington allude to the fact that the hippie peace symbol is comparable to the sign of the Anti-Christ or the Mark of the Beast!



Of course, Harrington's overall premise is a good one: don't be self-righteouse and exclude the hippies with their long hair and "two fingers pointed in the air". Don't be overly judgemental and, as he puts it, choke yourself with your halo. Amen, my brother. Preach it.

Bob Harrington: Youth in America
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The clip is from Harrington's Youth in America LP. The picture below is a close up of Harrington and his legions of youth. "Getting saved is fun!"

8 comments:

  1. I'll have to check that out. I love listening to these old school preachers.

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  2. Holy cow! (Holy vinyl?) I almost bought these albums at a garage sale last weekend but I have too many albums as it is and am trying to cut back.

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  3. Used to like watching Rev Bob on Phil Donahue's show where he would tout the joys of money and how God wants us to be rich! He'd dress to the nines and wiggle his gold chains! Phil kept trying to point out the weirdness of it all and Bob said he was laughing all the way to the bank...and yet nobody seemed to GET that what he was doing was making money at the expense of his "flock!"

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  4. Bob Harrington was and is an amazing person. He may have had a falling out from his way, but his word was never more right. He has fallen and picked himself back up again.

    I know this because he is my grandfather.

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    1. Your life is magnificently enriched because of your grandfather!

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    2. Your grandfather his a history so rich. I just sent a text but don't think it went thru so will try it again. In the 1960's your grandfather visited my little Baptist church in Chattanooga and led a revival for the week. He came with his vocalist who did a rendition of "It Is Real" that was amazing. His message and style brought me so close to the Lord, he really helped frame my life ahead of me in a tremendous way.

      In 1970 I got married and that same year my college age sister in law was diagnosed with cancer and came to our home basically to die. At the end of life, one morning after I administered the morophine shot, she very weakly told me she heard that Bob Harrington was in town and staying at a major hotel. She asked me to call him at the hotel and see if he would come to see her. I tried to talk her out of it feeling I could never reach him. It was Brenda's dream to meet Bob as she watched his every show. Well, I called the hotel and was able to get right thru to Bob. After I explained the circumstances to him he asked me to come and pick him up that afternoon and take him to Brenda. It was a marvelous day as Brenda was able to meet her hero and pray with him....and we had another bonus of the day. Bob spent a little extra time with Brenda's father (my father in law) and led him to the Lord. For our family it was almost as if he came to Chattanooga for us.

      Your grandfather is indeed an amazing man. I travel all over the world and seldom meet people that are made up of the fiber your grandfather is made from. Man is just a man...he can serve one day and fall the next...however, we must always remember that it is the get up on our feet again that is important. This is why Jesus died for us. May our Lord Jesus bless you and allow you to follow in your grandfather's footsteps. I would love to visit with you someday or just dialog with you online. Please feel free to email me at sr.dreamsmadereal10@gmail.com
      Sue R

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  5. I have been enriched by a cassette that I had of Bob at one time - he calls it like it is.
    Brent, I would appreciate if you could send me a quick email please krbgold@yahoo.com

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  6. I would love to find some of the records that Bob put out. Where can I find them?

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