We freely offer these songs for you to play.
Our very first recording was done in somebody’s garage in 1961. We were still young then, Daddy (Clayton), Mother (Glyn), Glenda (15) and Mary (12). We sounded a bit like chirping birds, but we sang beautiful and true four-part harmony while Mother and/or Tiny played the piano. The result was a 45 RPM vinyl with a black label which we sold for $1.00.
Shortly thereafter (and nobody seems to remember exactly when), we made another 45 RPM with a white label. This was the first recording we made with Clayton, Jr., and he has a solo called “Little Joe’s Prayer.”
One year later we made another album in response to the demands of our audience, who were as poor as we were. They wanted to buy our records, but couldn’t really afford to pay $4.00. Our response was to make an album with only 10 songs. We further cut expenses by having a plain black cover with no pictures, only “The Bell Family Sings HE SET ME FREE”. By cutting back this way, we were able to offer the record for $2.00. This was the last record Glenda made with the Family.