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Birthday of the Year

by Bobby Fulton

"It's Birthday Time Again" was written to commemorate Christmas Day as Jesus Christ's Birthday, to recognize and celebrate it as "The Birthday of the Year;" and to remind each of us that we, also, have our special God-given "Birthday of the Year."
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1. Birthday Time
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2. Showers of Blessings
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3. Gospel Connection
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4. Prisoner of the World
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5. Sidetracked
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This Birthday of the Year CD album helps us see the Christmas birth in a different and brighter light, along with the miraculousness in the love of God, and how he has given each human being a special birthday and a portion of his love, be we believers or not. While spending Christmas in the Poconos, on a winter wonderland day, and thinking of God’s miracle gift of life, I wrote “It’s Birthday Time Again” (Birthday of the Year).

My journey as a singer-songwriter-musician-recording artist began as an Emperor.

The first recording that I ever made occurred when attending a State Sunday School Convention in Pittsburgh and a group of us went sight-seeing downtown. Stopping by an arcade on Liberty Avenue, to my surprise, there was a recording booth and a piano sitting there, as if it, miracously, was expecting me to show up. I sat down and recorded one of the first songs that I had ever written entitled “The Girl That I Marry.” I was around age 13 at that time and I have held onto that record until this day. Now, having written “Supertown” for Music of Pittsburgh and living in the city, it appears, spiritually, that my coming to Pittsburgh was prophetic.

The Emperors recorded “I Wanna Know Pretty Baby” (Whatcha Gonna Do?) for Paul Landersman who recorded the Quintones’ “Down the Isle of Love.” The Emperors also made regular appearances on Ron Drake’s TV Teen Time, a local and popular television show. We later appeared with Danny and the Juniors, and with Bill Haley and the Comets of “Rock Around the Clock” fame.

In 1965, I formed the Bobby Fulton Band from Soulville and recorded a 45 “I’m Not Sorry” (a vocal) and “The Jimmy Spriggs” (an instrumental) on the Capitol City label. Afterwards, I helped my cousin Milton Brown and Tyrone Moss to write additional lyrics to "Karate," and actually composed the lead sheet and submitted the copyright for all four of the songs that we (The Emperors) recorded later in Philadelphia for Phil Gaber. In 1966, Karate was recorded by the Emperors and released on the Mala label.

In 1967, I introduced the Soul-Exotics to Phil Gaber who recorded “Darlin” b/w “Baby, It’s True.” At the time, I wrote songs and played the organ and piano with the Soul-Exotics.

Soulville Records was established later in 1967. Our first recording was “Nobody To Blame But Myself” by the Soulville All-Stars. Subsequently, various r ‘n b and gospel artists were produced by Soulful Sounds from Soulville Productions and released on the Soulville-Jaywalking labels, with projects by other producers as well.

Other songs that I have written, helped to record or have been a part of in some way include “People Are Falling In Love (Beautiful People) by the Penna. Turnpike, formerly the Sashades (Perception Records); “Tell Me, Tell Me, “ the Del-Vikings (FeeBee Music); “Got To Be A Man,” Floyd Beck; and “Memories” recorded by Little Doolie.

In 1973, while attending college at East Stroudsburg in the Pocono Mountains, I had an epiphany experience and calling to the Gospel ministry. From that moment, my music took on new meaning and purpose, was changed and forever connected to the Gospel message. My mission became to do for the most high God what I was doing at Soulville, and to do it for Him under the umbrella of the Church, to discover, develop and present Christian talent, to help musicians and related artists make their Gospel Connection, and to reach others for Christ through the Arts. Charged with this mission, Gospel Music Ministries International was founded in 1978, and is home to GMMI Arts Fellowship, the Gospel Connection Outreach Church Ministries and GCO Women’s Prayer Fellowship.

The Pittsburgh Record Convention helped resurrect the Soulful Sounds from Soulville Chapter of our musical journey, somewhat like the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Jim Cancillus who asked “Whatever happened to Soulville?” introduced me to Gregg Kostelich, the President of Get Hip Records who put out a double Vinyl LP Compilation Album and CD entitled “Soulful Sounds from Soulville” that features various Soulville-Jaywalking artists, and includes my only releases on the Soulville label “It’s Good To Be Lonely Sometimes” and “It’s All Over.” Steve Johnson (bass) and Bob Estes (drums), musicians on the Birthday of the Year album also appeared with me “live” at the Pittsburgh Record Convention. Most every participant on our Birthday album have some GMMI Connection. Much like Soulville but moreso, the mission and objective of GMMI is to present artists of the Gospel Music Ministries International Arts Fellowship collaborating, partnering and working together . See websites and news articles below.

We believe “BIRTHDAY of the YEAR” is miracle music and a sign of things coming.

For more on Bobby Fulton , Soulville or Gospel Music Ministries International, visit:
See Articles:
Soulville RESURRECTION: Recent release gives new life to a dream deferred for 30 years By Regis Behe, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, D-1

SAVING SOUL: Musical Compilation Gives Pennsylvania’s Motown A Rebirth
By Adrian McCoy, Staff Writer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, March 22, 2001, B-8

SOULVILLE RECORDS STORY with Bobby Fulton: Harrisburg Soul All Star
Theres That Beat! The Rare Soul Fanzine, Issue 7, March 2008

HARRISBURG HAD SOUL: Harrisburg, home to the Soulville record label., p.64
“B” magazine, fall 2009, volume 2, issue 3

Songwriter yearns to make most of his spiritual ‘gift’
By Rege Behe, Tribune-Review, TICKET, January 8, 2009, p.25



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