Music: Spirituals Go to War

In the North Carolina sharecropper's shanty where Glenn Settle grew up, his mother used to sing the old Negro spirituals to him. Between songs, she told him: "If white and colored folks just got to know each other better, everything would work out all right."

Using the old Southern spirituals as his tools, sturdy, mild-mannered Glenn T. Settle, now 48, has made a career out of his mother's advice. This week, his famed all-Negro choir of mixed voices, the "Wings Over Jordan" chorus, is headed for a 26-week battlefront tour—the first religious musical...

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