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Lift Me Up: Chicago Gospel Keyboard Masters

2016-09-10T02:07:47-05:00September 10th, 2016|

Various Artists Lift Me Up: Chicago Gospel Keyboard Masters The Sirens (release date: July 11, 2016) www.thesirensrecords.com By Bob Marovich Those who think traditional gospel music is dead, hapless victim of today’s P&W and urban AC influences in sacred music, The Sirens’ new release, Lift Me Up: Chicago Gospel Keyboard Masters, [...]

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

2016-02-20T02:49:22-06:00February 20th, 2016|

Herbert Pickard. Courtesy: YouTube 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 [...]

RIP: Professor Alfred E. Miller – “One of the First – One of the Last”

2016-01-13T18:03:00-06:00January 13th, 2016|

ONE OF THE FIRST - ONE OF THE LAST Professor Alfred E. Miller (1927-2015) From Anthony Heilbut, author of The Gospel Sound and The Fan Who Knew Too Much: Excepting pioneer COGIC keyboard artists Arizona Dranes and Elder Charles Beck, Alfred E. Miller was the first pianist on records to [...]

Evelyn Starks Hardy Dies; Member of the Original Gospel Harmonettes

2015-04-06T16:59:20-05:00April 2nd, 2015|

Photo Credit: Al.com By Bob Marovich Anthony Heilbut informed JGM this morning that Evelyn Starks Hardy, an original member of the Gospel Harmonettes, has died. Hardy, along with Mildred Madison Howard and Odessa Edwards, students at Birmingham's Parker High School, formed the Gospel Harmonettes in 1940. They were [...]

Nash Shaffer Jr., Organist, Gospel Announcer, Historian, Passes

2014-10-01T20:21:09-05:00September 24th, 2014|

JGM received word today from the Chicago Area Gospel Announcers Guild that Bro. Nash Shaffer Jr. passed away after an extended illness. Shaffer's "Sunday Morning Golden Gospel" radio program was a staple of the Chicago airwaves for many years. His love for, and knowledge of, classic gospel music was limitless. [...]

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