Personnel: James Walker , Paul Owens, Ira Tucker, James "Thunderbird" Davis, Willie Bobo (vocals); Howard Carroll (guitar).
The Dixie Hummingbirds are generally regarded as one of the finest gospel groups in history, and the material showcased on The Best of the Dixie Hummingbirds proves why. Culled from the group's '50s and '60s recordings for Peacock, the compilation contains 12 terrific songs -- including "Let's Go Out to the Programs," "Thank You for One More Day," "What a Friend," "Bedside of a Neighbor," "The Old Time Way," and "Our Prayer for Peace" -- all of which are given astonishing, moving performances by the Hummingbirds. Throughout their long career, the Hummingbirds rarely gave anything less than impressive performances, but this remains one of the very best portraits of the superior gospel sextet. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine