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R.I.P. Archbishop Carl Bean, Church Leader, Activist, and Gospel Singer

2021-09-09T01:52:19-05:00September 9th, 2021|

By Robert M. Marovich Eric Maurice Clark informed JGM that Archbishop Carl “Pops” Bean passed away on Monday, September 7, 2021, after a lengthy illness. Archbishop Bean was an openly gay man, the Presiding Prelate of Unity Fellowship Church, Inc., a denomination he founded in Los Angeles to provide a [...]

Prof. Harold Boggs (and Lula Reed): Lord Give Me Strength

2018-09-25T01:14:53-05:00September 25th, 2018|

Prof. Harold Boggs (and Lula Reed) Lord Give Me Strength: Early Recordings 1952-1964 Gospel Friend Records (release date: September 21, 2018) By Bob Marovich Perhaps one reason Professor Harold Boggs is not as well remembered, or as appreciated, as his golden era contemporaries is his penchant for copying their sound. [...]

“Clap Your Hands” – Pastor David Wright & NY Fellowship Mass Choir

2016-03-13T03:25:45-05:00March 13th, 2016|

“Clap Your Hands” Pastor David Wright & The New York Fellowship Mass Choir (Next Generation) Godfather Records (2016) Pastor David Wright, son of the late Rev. Timothy Wright, leads the New York Fellowship Mass Choir on its latest single, a reworking of the Alex Bradford classic, “I Don’t Care [...]

Various Artists: An Evening with the Legends of Quartet Live

2015-04-12T01:38:25-05:00April 12th, 2015|

Various Artists An Evening with the Legends of Quartet Live Malaco/4 Winds By Bob Marovich Malaco Records and its 4 Winds subsidiary are the main standard bearers for gospel quartet singing, a style that once dominated the gospel charts but has since fallen behind mass choirs and small choirs in radio [...]

Gospel’s Willie James McPhatter Dies; Performed in “Black Nativity”

2015-01-30T00:48:17-06:00January 28th, 2015|

JGM learned from Anthony Heilbut today that Willie James McPhatter, gospel singer-songwriter and accompanist, has died. Originally from Buffalo, New York, McPhatter--the cousin of Clyde McPhatter of the world-famous vocal groups the Dominoes and Drifters--had worked with a number of gospel groups by 1954 when Alex Bradford ("Too Close to [...]

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