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Rev. Clay Evans & the Ship – What A Legacy

Rev. Clay Evans & the Ship What a Legacy Rev. Clay Evans Heritage Series (2016) By Bob Marovich “Give me my flowers while I am still here,” the Consolers instructed in 1955, “so I can see the beauty that they bring.” What a Legacy, a collection of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Choir tracks never before released on CD, is one way a legion of friends and fans are giving their flowers to the Reverend Dr. Clay Evans, who turned 91 this year: by preserving some of the classic musical moments of Fellowship, aka “The Ship,” the church he founded in ...

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Doris Sykes, Longtime Soloist for Christian Tabernacle, Passes Away

By Bob Marovich Marcel West and Gregory Gay reported to JGM today that gospel singer Doris Sykes passed away. From A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music: Born in St. Louis and raised by an aunt and an uncle who was pastor of a Baptist Church, Doris Sykes was born with a distinctive high soprano range and acquired the poise of an opera singer. Willie Mae Ford Smith was a cousin. Sykes first sang for the public at her uncle’s church. “We used to have musicals,” she said, “and I used to write my dad notes, ...

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