October 2013


2007: Aaron Beasley of The Evereadys died in Detroit, MI. 


1946: Mahalia Jackson records "I Want To Rest."


1945: Clifton Davis is born, Chicago, Ill.

Joseph "Jo-Jo" Wallace of the Sensational Nightingales is born.

Marvin Reed of the Evereadys is born in Detroit, MI.

2012: Alfonso "Al" Dent, former guitar player for Slim & The Supreme Angels, died in Savannah, GA.


Sam Walker is born

1890: Bishop Ford Washington McGee is born.

2003: Lee Cloud of The Northernaires dies in Brooklyn, NY.

2010: Eddie Perkins, former Guitarist for Brothers & Sisters of Willacoochee, GA, died.


1871: The Fisk Jubilee Singers debut


1929: Louis Johnson of the Swan Silvertones is born.


Rev. Rodney Mills is born

1926: Rev. J.C. Burnette records "The Gospel Train Is Leaving."

2001: Henry Bossard bass singer for the Swan Silvertones dies.

2010:  The Queen of Gospel, legendary gospel singer Albertina Walker died in Chicago, IL.

2013: Rev. Charles Lawrence, Sr. (A/K/A  Rev. Charlie Brown), of The Fantastic Violinaires' fame, died in Atlanta, GA.


1973: Sister Rosetta Tharpe died in Philadelphia, PA.


Clarence Conner, of The Gospel Incredibles, was born in McClellanville, SC

1984: Joseph Johnson lead singer of the CBS Trumpeteers dies.

1997: Gospel Music's Hall of Fame inducts first artists

2007: Rev. C. L. Fairchild dies.

2010: Solomon Burke, Minister and Recording Artist, died of natural causes at an airport in Amsterdam.

2012: James "Po Boy" Ingram, Lead Singer of James "Po Boy" Ingram & The New Gospel Heavyweights, died in Akron, OH.


1936: Joe Ligon of The Mighty Clouds of Joy is born in Troy, AL.

1994: Sister Lola Pugh of The Consolers died  in Miami, FL.

2008: Russell Wright of Troy Ramey & The Soul Searchers died in Atlanta, GA.

2008: Rev. Wesley Woods of The Hebrews Gospel Singers of Houston, TX died.


2007: John Smith of the Traveling Stars of Memphis, Tennessee died.


1938: Shirley Caesar is born in Durham NC.


2007: Professor Leon Lumpkins, founder of The Gospel Clefs, died in East Orange, NJ. 


2005: Willis E. Cooley, Sr., of The Dynamic Holy Spiriutalaires of Laurel, MS, died.


2012: Isaac “Dickie” Freeman, the bass singer of The Fairfield Four, died in Nashville, TN.


2002: Paul Owens of The Dixie Hummingbirds dies in Philadelphia, PA.


2003: Rev. Willie Morganfield Pastor and famed soloist dies.

2011: Louis Dicks, long time member of The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, died in Durham, NC.


1925: Archie Brownlee is born in Turrell, AR.

2010: Derrick Nation, keyboard player for The Jackson Southernaires, died in Monroe, LA.


Willie Mitchell of the Messengers is born

1963: Zack Austin, lead guitarist for the Gospel Legends and former lead guitarist for Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites, is born. 


1976: Dorothy Pearson dies in Philadelphia, PA


1955: Roger Lee Bryant of the Jackson Southernaires is born in Detroit, Michigan.

John Whitmore of the Gospel Four is born

1973: Minister Tyrone Lindsey of The Windy City SpiritualaireS is born in
Lexington, MS.

2006: Paul Arnold, 2nd lead singer of The Gospelaires of Dayton, Ohio, died in Dayton, Ohio.


2000: Johnny Jones of the Swanee Quintet dies.


1991: Daniel "Scotty" Scott of the Supreme Angels dies.

2009: Chequita Lumzy of the Lumzy Sisters died in New Brunswick, NJ.


1899: Mary Johnson Davis is born, Pittsburgh, PA

1911: Mahalia Jackson is born, New Orleans, LA.

1914: Rev. Claude Jeter of the Swan Silvertones is born, Montgomery, Ala.

2010: James Phelps, former member of The Gospel Songbirds, The Soul Stirrers, and founder of The Clefs of Calvary, died in Los Angeles, CA.


1939: Golden Eagle Gospel Singers record "Warrior on the Battlefield"

 Evangelist Mona Austin of Columbia, SC is born. 


Larry Moore of the Sensational Nightingales is born.


1902: The Dinwiddie Quartet cuts the first gospel record.


1992: James Walker of The Dixie Hummingbirds died.


1896: Ethel Waters is born, in Chester, PA.

1959: Karen Washington, of Karen Washington & The New Singing Stars, is born in Amsterdam, GA.

2001: Rev. Dr. Rosa Belle Jackson Kendrick Dotson, of Brothers & Sisters of Willachoocee, GA, died.

2007: Kenneth Harris of Karen Washington & The New Singing Stars died.

2013: Karen Washington, of Karen Washington & The New Singing Stars, died in Bainbridge, GA.


Did you know that the late Thermon Ruth who passed September 2002 was the first promoter to bring major gospel artists tot he famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem?


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