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From Lance Ledbetter of Dust-to-Digital:

Rev. Johnny L. ‘Hurricane’ Jones: 1936-2015

Sad news to report: early Monday morning we lost a gospel music legend.

Rev. Johnny L. Jones succumbed to what his family believes was a brain aneurysm. It was one of our greatest honors to work with Rev. Jones on his 2009 album Jesus Christ from A to Z and the 2010 double-album The Hurricane That Hit Atlanta, which the New York Times described in the following way:

“Some of these tapes are woolly, with errant screams from the congregation, feedback from the church amplifiers and rough edits, but the album — which includes a few excerpts from sermons and radio bits — stays electrifying from start to finish. Two hours isn’t enough.”

Not just an incredible singer, Rev. Jones was an archivist, disk jockey, community leader, motivator and an inspiration to everyone he met. He will be missed by many.

For those in the Atlanta area, a wake will be held from 6-8 pm on Friday November 13, at MD Walker Funeral Home, 103 Joseph E Lowery Boulevard. On Saturday November 14, a funeral service will take place at 11 am at Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church, 1202 West Marietta Street. Burial to follow at Fife Cemetery, Centre, Alabama.

If you would like to make a donation, a memorial fund for Rev. Jones has been set up to help Dorothy Jones. Access it here:

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Written by : Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.