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RIP Alonzo Atkins, Choir Director, Worked with Rev. James Cleveland

By Bob Marovich JGM learned that choir director Alonzo Atkins passed away. Atkins had a longstanding tenure working with the Reverend James Cleveland. He directed the Voices of Tabernacle of Detroit, Michigan, after Cleveland relocated to Los Angeles. When Cleveland opened his Cornerstone Baptist Church in Los Angeles, he summoned Atkins to be the church’s minister of music. Atkins also worked with the Southern California Community Choir, also under the leadership of Rev. James Cleveland.  Atkins helped with the music at Cleveland’s funeral. In 2001, Atkins began directing Pastor John P. Kee’s New Life Fellowship Choir. Many will also remember Atkins from his ...

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Herbert “Pee Wee” Pickard, Noted Gospel Accompanist, Dies

By Bob Marovich Traditional gospel music enthusiast Jordan K. Phillips informed JGM that Herbert “Pee Wee” Pickard, noted organist and pianist who accompanied the Gospel Harmonettes, James Cleveland and the Voices of Tabernacle,  and many other gospel artists, passed away today. Mr. Pickard,  a resident of Detroit, was a child prodigy.  Anthony Heilbut (The Gospel Sound) told JGM recently that as a preteen, Pickard caught the attention of Lionel Hampton around the time that Dinah Washington was the group’s lead singer.  Heilbut laughed that had Pickard joined Hampton and Washington, they would have invented soul music ten years before Ray Charles. Pickard not only ...

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Detroit Gospel Singer Ernis Hurskin Dies

David Jones informed the Journal of Gospel Music yesterday that Detroit gospel singer Ernis A. Hurskin has died. Hurskin was one of gospel’s celebrated male soprano singers.  He was a member and lead singer of several nationally-known aggregations, including the (James) Cleveland Singers, the Voices of Tabernacle, the Thomas Whitfield Singers, and Dr. E. LaQuint Weaver & the Hallelujah Singers. Homegoing services are as follows: Monday, May 11, 2015 Family Hour: 10:00 a.m. Funeral:  11 a.m. Goodwill Community Church 7 Mile and Woodward Detroit, Michigan Please join JGM in a salute to a mighty, mighty singer.

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