Gospel Music

Clara Walker of the Gospel Redeemers Passes Away

Bob Laughton informed TBGB today that Clara Walker, formerly of the Gospel Redeemers, died this past Sunday in New York. In the 1960s, Walker had her own gospel record label, Clar-Mar, releasing her own music and that of other gospel artists. The Heavenly Choir just got another stone singer. Our sympathies to the family and friends of Clara Walker, THE Gospel Redeemer. Check out Clara and the Gospel Redeemers via YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m88qHkUalQ

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Gospel Memories Broadcast Pays Tribute to Historic Church

Hello, gospel music fans everywhere! Gospel Memories airs live this Sunday, May 6 from 3:00 to 7:30 a.m. Central Time US on Chicago’s WLUW 88.7 FM, and streams live at www.wluw.org. Highlights of Gospel Memories’ Sixth Anniversary Show:— Last month, Chicago’s Roberts Temple COGIC (left; source: Chicago Defender) received landmark status from the city for its role in the Civil Rights effort. The church held the open-casket funeral services of Emmett Till, the Chicago teen whose brutal murder in Mississippi in 1955 helped spark the modern Civil Rights movement. To pay tribute to Roberts Temple, Gospel Memories will feature recordings ...

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TBGB Reviews…Desmond Pringle

Be StillDesmond PringleMagnum Opus Entertainment 2006www.magnumopusent.com Desmond Pringle brings James Cleveland back! Well, not physically, but on his latest CD Be Still, the Chicago-based gospel crooner manipulates the mixing board to sing a duet with the late King James, just as Natalie sang “Unforgettable” with her father Nat, and Hank Williams, Jr. duetted with his father Hank, Sr. on one of the latter’s unreleased acetates. The song Pringle selects for his otherworldly duet is James’ “Jesus is the Best Thing,” a reading of the Jim Weatherly composition originally recorded by Gladys Knight as “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” ...

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Another Loss: RIP Mildred Clark

TBGB thanks Tammy Taylor (www.oneentity.com) for passing on this sad news. Mildred Clark, of the famed Mildred Clark & KC Melody-Aires, passed away this week. Ms. Clark had been suffering from cancer. She went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 21, 2007. The Melody-Aires were popular in the Midwest during the 70’s and 80s. Mildred was honored a few years ago during the Gospel Music Workshop of America in Kansas City, MO. Her nephew, Carlton Coffield, a gospel music promoter, can be contacted for further details info@urbansourceinc.com Please keep the family in your prayers.

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More Information on Life, Homegoing of James Davis – Dixie Hummingbirds

TBGB thanks David April, host of the Philadelphia-based radio show “The Gospel Train” (WRDV-FM), for providing the following press release. Be sure to check out David’s show at www.wrdv.org. PHILADELPHIA, April 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Mr. James B. Davis, founding member and patriarch of the world-famous gospel group, the Dixie Hummingbirds, died in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2007. Born June 6, 1916 in Greenville, South Carolina, Mr. Davis was the Hummingbirds leader from their inception in 1928 through his retirement in 1984. With a fluctuating lineup, the ‘Birds spent their first decade doing what Mr. Davis called “wildcatting,” performing along ...

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TBGB Reviews…Tramaine Live

I Never Lost My Praise – LiveTramaine HawkinsGospocentric Records/Zomba Label Group 2007www.gospocentric.com At the beginning of her new live recording, Tramaine Hawkins is introduced as the “greatest female voice to ever sing gospel music.” Such hyperbole probably makes Tramaine blush, since that eliminates other towering giants of the genre such as Mahalia Jackson, Marion Williams, and Willie Mae Ford Smith. Regardless, Tramaine has a marvelous voice and stage presence, and certainly hasn’t lost her praise or her energy. I Never Lost My Praise – Live was recorded on February 18, 2006 at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Maryland ...

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More Loss: Kayla Parker-Tolbert – Gospel Songwriter, Producer, Backup Singer

TBGB received this press release from Black Gospel Promo, and passes along its deepest sympathies to Kayla’s family and friends. Too young, too young… Kayla Parker – Tolbert’s remarkable talent has earned her an enviable place on the modern musical landscape. Her music was part of the funeral of Coretta Scott King and of the healing process after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. As a songwriter, producer and backup singer, she has worked with a Who’s Who in both gospel and R&B music, including CeCe, BeBe and Vickie Winans, Brandy, Anthony Hamilton, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child and Mark Kibble ...

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Dixie Hummingbirds’ James Davis Dies

For those who have contacted me to learn whether James Davis, longtime member of the Dixie Hummingbirds has passed, I have confirmed that he died on Tuesday, April 17. The funeral will be on Friday, April 27 in Philadelphia. I will post more details as I receive them. In the photo, Davis (left) poses with Rev. Joe Williams who will officiate the homegoing ceremony. Special thanks to David April for providing the photo. RIP, James Davis — you deserve your place in glory!

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Amazing, Amazing Grace!

TBGB correspondent Matt Garret from Australia brought this website to our attention (thanks, mate). Quoting from the site’s home page: “Since its creation in 1779 in England, ‘Amazing Grace’ has grown in popularity to become one of the best-known hymns in America. This Web site explores its history through items from the collections of the Library of Congress, from the earliest printing of the song to various performances of it on sound recordings. Also included is a searchable catalog of the Chasanoff/Elozua Amazing Grace Collection at the Library of Congress, which comprises published recorded performances of the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ ...

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TBGB Reviews…7 Sons of Soul

Witness7 Sons of SoulZomba 2007www.7sonsofsoul.com From Washington, D.C., the 7 Sons of Soul – Cliff Jones, Dave Lindsey, Deonte Gray, Kenneth Epperson, Doug Hayes, and Sam Kendrick – blend today’s beats with south of the Mason-Dixon line quartet singing, complete with backbeat, bluesy guitar riffs, lead trading, and hard singing. In fact, on the mid-tempo “Clap Your Hands,” the Sons sound eerily similar to the modern-day Supreme Angels or Violinaires. “Prayin’ 4 You” could have been produced at Memphis’s Hi Records by Willie Mitchell, it’s that soulful. Speaking of soul, on “After-While,” the lead singer channels Luther Vandross in a ...

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