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Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb: Lowell Blanchard and the Valley Trio [1950]

The son of God was used to great effect on many Bomb songs (see also Jesus Is God's Atomic Bomb by Swan's Silvertone Singers), but this particular composition is so remarkable that it is one of the few songs that was chosen to appear twice on this set (see The Pilgrim Travelers' gospel take). Blanchard's country version is full of brimstone and acts as an admonition to those who are more concerned about earthly peril (caused by the Bomb) than the second coming and salvation.

Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Famer Lowell Blanchard was born in Palmer, Illinois in 1910 and entered the University of Illinois in 1928. Blanchard received his first radio broadcasting experience as a student announcer. In approximately 1933 Blanchard served as master of ceremonies and public address announcer at the World's Fair in Chicago.

Blanchard worked at radio stations in Indiana, Iowa and Michigan and then moved to Knoxville, Tennessee where he hosted and wrote for Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round on WNOX. Merry-Go-Round was extremely popular and demand for Blanchard at public appearances all over East Tennessee and Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia was high. Blanchard also found time to host WNOX's early morning program Musical Clock Show.

Blanchard was active in his community and served as city councilman for a time. In 1968 Blanchard died at the age of 57. An honorary Merry-Go-Round was held in his memory at Knoxville's Civic Auditorium a couple of weeks after Blanchard's death and the stars of country music came out to honor him: Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells, Grandpa Jones, Don Gibson, Skeeter Davis and many others. Blanchard was inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in 1977.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb: Lowell Blanchard and the Valley Trio [1950]

Refrain: Everybody's worried 'bout the atomic bomb
But nobody's worried 'bout the day my Lord will come
When he'll hit, great God a-mighty, like an atom bomb
When he comes, when he comes

In nineteen-hundred and forty-five the atom bomb became alive
In nineteen-hundred and forty-nine the USA got very wise
It found a country had crossed the line, had an atom bomb of the very same kind
The people got worried all over the land, just like folks got in Japan

So, I say everybody's worried (yeah) 'bout the atomic bomb
But nobody's worried (no) 'bout the day my Lord will come
When he'll hit, great God a-mighty, like an atom bomb
When he comes, good Lord, when he comes

Refrain

Well now, God told Elijah, he would send down fire, send down fire from on high
He told the brother Noah by the rainbow sign, there'll be no water, but fire in the sky
Now don't get worried, just bear in mind, seek King Jesus and you shall find
Peace, happiness, and joy divine, with my Jesus in your mind

So, I say everybody's worried (yeah) 'bout the atomic bomb
But nobody's worried (no) 'bout the day my Lord will come
When he'll hit, great God a-mighty, like an atom bomb
When he comes, great God, when he comes

Refrain

Lowell Blanchard and the Valley Trio [1950]
Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb
(L. McCollum)
Mercury 6260

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