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Gospel’s Melvin Crispell Dies

TBGB learned this evening that gospel songwriter, producer, organist, and group leader Melvin Crispell died.  More details will be forthcoming as they are made available. A Brooklynite by rearing and IMOK Gospel Music recording artist, Crispell fronted the group Testimony and was well respected for his keyboard wizardry.  His songs were performed by artists such as Hezekiah Walker, James Hall, Kim Hinton, and others. Let’s keep Melvin’s family and friends in our hearts and minds at this time. Here is Melvin Crispell and Testimony singing “For Me.”

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Joe “Peanuts” Cook, Gospel Quartet and Pop Singer, Dies

From Charles Horner’s Classic Urban Harmony Newsletter: Little Joe Cook, known for his falsetto hits like “Peanuts” with the Philadelphia vocal group the Thrillers, died on April 16, 2014.  Cook was born in South Philly but moved to North Philly as a youngster where he formed the gospel group, the Evening Star Quartet.  The group recorded several outstanding songs including “Say A Prayer For The Boys In Korea”.  By the mid-1950’s Little Joe had moved into secular music, forming and mentoring the group, the Thrillers, with whom he ended up singing lead.  They scored with the song “Peanuts” which propelled ...

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Chicago Gospel Music Awards – Nominees Announced

Chicago, IL: “Chicago Gospel Live” is proud to announce the nominees for the final voting round for the 1st Annual 2014 Chicago Gospel Music Awards. And the Nominees Are: Quartet of the Year The Stars of Heaven – I’m Holding On The Gospel Crusaders – Pressin On Nelson Larkins & God’s Posse – Live in Chicago Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year LaVarnga Hubbard – Royalty Lemmie Battles -Testify                  Contemporary Choir of the Year Dexter Walker & Zion Movement- Greater Than Before One 4 Christ – In True Worship BRL Chicago – Peculiar People Traditional – Choir of the Year ...

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Evangelist Rosie Wallace Dead at 79

Jordan Phillips, Gregory Gay, and Anthony Heilbut informed TBGB that Evangelist Rosie Wallace died in Philadelphia died Friday, May 23, in Philadelphia at the age of 79. A native Philadelphian, Wallace was a member of the Imperial Gospel Singers, a zesty female gospel group that included Anna Smallwood and sang with the verve of the Caravans, Davis Sisters, and Ward Singers.  Among the Imperial Gospel Singers’ gospel hits were “My Father’s House” and “Lazarus.” With eight members, Wallace organized the First Church of Love, Faith, and Deliverance in February 1962.  She and the church choir recorded “God Cares,” a big ...

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Eddie Robinson, Gospel Singer, Songwriter, and Keyboardist, Dies

Delores “Honey” Sykes informed TBGB that Eddie Robinson, singer, songwriter, and keyboardist, passed away in Detroit April 25, 2014. His home going service will take place in Detroit on Saturday, June 7. Among Robinson’s many writing credits are the Duncanaires’ 1960s singles “Breathe On Me” and “One Step Closer;” Tessie Hill’s “He Keeps Doing Great Things for Me” (also recorded by LaShun Pace); “Don’t Forget To Remember (Where All Your Blessings Come From)” recorded by Rev. James Cleveland; and “Reflections of the Man Inside.” Two years ago, TBGB reviewed Robinson’s 2002 CD Elephant Song.  His 2010 album Back on Track, ...

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What Happened to the Sons of Thunder?

In 1972, the Sons of Thunder were a teenage, interracial gospel group that toured with the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, and Dorothy Norwood as part of the Stones’ STP Tour.  Two years later, Word Records was interested in recording the group, but by 1975, the Sons of Thunder was no more.What happened? Member Roger Wood wants to answer that question via a retrospective DVD and television series. Want to learn more?  Check out this interview: http://www.vinylradionw.com/music/sons-of-thunder-spin-that-45-vinyl-radio-editon/.

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