Salutes to Gospel Legends!

Events in Philadelphia and Chicago celebrated gospel legends…and what better time than Black Music Month?

Harry Bullock, Deacon Reuben Burton and Rev. Stanley Keeble discuss the highs and lows of the gospel highway with moderator Effie Rolfe (center) at the Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum’s Roundtable Saturday, June 18. The event was the first of a quarterly series of discussions with the legends, funded by the Illinois Humanities Council.

Legendary quartet guitarist Howard Carroll and Lyndon Baines Jones of the Dixie Hummingbirds share a moment during the Philadelphia premiere of the gospel documentary Rejoice and Shout.

Sam Cooke — lead singer of the Soul Stirrers before becoming a soul superstar — was recognized in Chicago Saturday afternoon, June 18, with his own honorary street sign. Note that Sam Cooke Way intersects with Albertina Walker and the Caravans’ honorary drive!

Rev. Joe Williams (Sons of the Birds, Dixie Hummingbirds) with Howard Carroll at the Philadelphia premiere of Rejoice and Shout.

Photo credits: Rev. Joe Williams, Lyndon Baines Jones, Bob Marovich.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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