Prayer List

RIP: Prof. Irvin Brockington Jr.

By Bob Marovich The Reverend Joe Williams informed JGM that Professor Irvin Brockington has passed away. He was 83. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 9, 1936, to Elizabeth and Irvin Brockington Sr., Irvin Jr. was raised with seven brothers, one sister, and a family whose life revolved around music and the Church of God. Young Irvin Jr. began playing piano at age eight and by his teenage years, he was playing for the Church of God. He later moved to Ebenezer Church of God in Christ. The first ensemble Brockington assembled was called the Fairmount Gospel Singers. It consisted ...

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RIP: Derrick Adams, Stellar Award-nominated songwriter and musician

From a Press Release: ​The SRT Entertainment family regrets to announce the passing of Derrick Lamont Adams, co-writer of hits “God’s Grace” and “Look To The Hills” as well as co-producer of Stellar nominated The Favor Of God & upcoming Look To The Hills albums by Rev. Luther Barnes & The Restoration Worship Center Choir, and musician. From Luther Barnes concerning Derrick Adams: My heart is deeply broken from the passing of my friend Derrick Adams. He was “My Boy.” We co-wrote many songs together, including the ever popular “God’s Grace.” He traveled with me for several years and played ...

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RIP: Bobby McDougle, former member of the Pilgrim Jubilees

Bobby McDougle, the guitarist for gospel quartets such as the Pilgrim Jubilees, passed away on March 26, 2020. Known as “Thumper,” McDougle was born on April 26, 1944, in Valdosta, Georgia. His influence in music came from his father, Mr. Ananias McDougle, also a musician. Following in his father’s footsteps, McDougle began playing guitar for his sister’s group as well as for other groups and churches in the area. At age fourteen, and with the permission of his mother, McDougle joined Tommy Ellison and the Five Singing Stars. He remained with the group for two years. At the age of ...

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RIP: Bishop C. L. Morton Jr.

By Bob Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music has learned of the passing of Bishop C. L. (Clarence Leslie) Morton Jr., pastor of Mount Zion Full Gospel Baptist Church in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The cause of death appears to have been related to COVID-19. Bishop Morton was the son of the late Bishop C. L. Morton Sr. and Evangelist Matilda Morton, and the brother of Bishop Paul S. Morton of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church. Please keep the Morton Family at the top of your prayer list at this time.

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RIP: Brenda Joyce Moore

By Bob Marovich Another loss: Dr. Brenda Joyce Moore, a songwriter and musician perhaps best remembered for penning “Perfect Praise,” also known as “How Excellent is Thy Name,” passed away on April 8, 2020. “Perfect Praise,” popularized by Dr. Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago on their 1990 album, This is the Day, featured lead vocals from the late Lecresia Campbell. Not only did the song sweep radio, but every church choir and youth group put it in their repertory. It is one of the 100 most influential gospel recordings of all time. Among other notable songs Dr. ...

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RIP: Reverend Eddie Hunter of the Alabama Spirituals

By Bob Marovich This pandemic has wrecked havoc on the music community. JGM just learned of another soldier gone: the Reverend Eddie Hunter, singer with the Alabama Spirituals of Alexander City, Alabama. He succumbed to COVID-19 on Sunday, April 5, 2020. Born March 13, 1952, Rev. Hunter served as Pastor of Miracle Missionary Baptist Church in Alexander City, Alabama. He was also the president of the Northeast District State Convention of the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention. He had just celebrated his 68th birthday. Please keep Reverend Hunter’s family, congregation, friends, and many fans at the top of your prayer ...

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RIP: Jerome Williams of the Evereadys

By Bob Marovich Sister Ducky, quartet and traditional gospel music correspondent in Detroit, reported the sad news that Jerome Williams of the Evereadys passed away yesterday morning at age 66, allegedly of complications from COVID-19. The history of the Evereadys stretches back to Detroit 1950, when future R&B star Jackie Wilson formed an a cappella gospel group called the Ever Ready Gospel Singers with brothers Lorenzo and Emmanuel Jordan and bass singer Jack Johns. The group was locally popular and toured the Midwest, but when Wilson left to sing R&B, the Ever Ready Gospel Singers disbanded. In 1967, after some ...

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RIP: Archbishop Lucius Hall

By Bob Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music was saddened to learn this morning, via a posting by Pam Morris-Walton and the Chicago Crusader, of the passing of Archbishop Lucius Hall. Archbishop Hall was born and raised in Chicago. Prior to forming his own church, the First Church of Love and Faith, in 1980, on Chicago’s south side, he was associated with the First Church of Deliverance, led by Reverend Clarence H. Cobbs. Hall grew up in First Church and gained renown as its radio announcer. For many years, Hall was heard every Sunday evening on the church’s legendary radio ...

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RIP Billie Barrett Greenbey, Member of the Barrett Sisters

By Bob Marovich It is with heavy heart that I report the passing of Billie Barrett Greenbey today. She was a member of the award-winning gospel trio the Barrett Sisters. She had been in the hospital recently, but had come home and reports were encouraging. Alas, she is now singing sweetly with sister DeLois and the rest of the family in heavenly Zion. Billie Barrett Greenbey was born in 1928 to Susie and Lonnie Barrett, migrants to Chicago from Mississippi. The family attended Morning Star Baptist Church on the city’s South Side, where an aunt was the choir director. In ...

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Another Soldier Gone: Pastor James R. McClain

By Bob Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music learned of yet another passing, that of Pastor James R. McClain of the Willing Four. Here is a quick history of the Willing Four, much of which comes from McClain’s own unpublished history of the gospel quartet from Chicago. Chicago’s Willing Four was organized in 1951 in the home of Deacon and Mrs. Renzy and Linda Beene. Founding members of the quartet were Isaiah and Sylvester Beene, W. C. and Arthur Smith, Jake Akins, and Clifton Love. First tenor George Hudson joined in 1955. The quartet sang a cappella until 1956, when ...

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