From the Reverend Joe Williams:
On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia commemorated the rich heritage of the Dixie Hummingbirds with a historical marker dedication at 2435 North College Avenue, Philadelphia. This was the rehearsal hall and former home of the founder and manager of the Dixie Hummingbirds, the late Mr. James B. Davis.
The Dixie Hummingbirds originally formed in 1928 under the management of Mr. Davis. They influenced popular musicians, including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and the Temptations. Their version of Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock” won a Grammy Award in 1974. The members received a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship in 2000.
It is with great pleasure that we have been called together during Black Music Month to dedicate this historical marker in honor of the contributions made by the Dixie Hummingbirds.