1929: Inez Andrews is born, Birmingham Ala.
1975: Mandrill Little, formerly of Lil Blair & The Violinaires, was born in
Warner Robins, GA.
2004: Rev. Roger Bryant of the Jackson Southernaires dies in
2004: Tommy Spann (son of Rev. Tommy Spann) of the Brooklyn
Allstars dies in New York
2007: James B. Davis, founding member of The Dixie Hummingbirds, died in
2013: George Perkins, lead
singer of the group George Perkins & The Voices Of Harmony Of Hammond, LA, died
in Hammond, LA.
2013: Alfonso (DOC) Presley, of The
Gospel Soulettes, died in Philadelphia, PA.
1901: Mother Gertrude Ward was born in Anderson, SC.
1965: Willie Coleman, Bass Guitarist
for The Dixie Hummingbirds, was born in Columbus, GA.
2007: Amos Deering, the baritone singer for The Star Lite Singers of
Lexington, MS, died.
David 'Pop' Winans, Sr. was born in Detroit,
2006: Lonnie Brown, Jr.,
an original member of the group
1924: Clara Ward is born, Philadelphia, PA.
2007: Mildred Clark, lead singer of Mildred Clark
& The Kansas City Melodyaires, died in Kansas City, KS.
1915: Carey "Squeaky" Bradley lead singer of the Original Kings of Harmony is
1921: Eugene Smith
, a member of the Roberta Martin Singers, is born.
Tony White of Doc McKenzie and The Hi-Lites is born.
Roy "Mr. Malaco" Wooten is born in Jackson, MS.
1926: The Birmingham Jubilee Singers record "He Took My Sins Away."
Eric B. McKenzie of the The Hi-Lite Juniors is born.
1954: Willis E. Cooley, Sr., of The
Dynamic Holy Spiriutalaires of Laurel, MS, is born.
1959: Dwight Gordon of The Williams Brothers and Mighty Clouds
of Joy is born in Los Angeles, CA.
2009: Rev. Timothy Wright died at the
Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, NY.
2008: Elmo Franklin, of The Mighty Clouds of Joy, dies in
1999: Jerry Swindell of the Swindell Brothers dies.
Howard Carroll, of the Dixie
Hummingbirds, is born.
Toiann Leach, of the Bell Singers of Memphis, TN, is born.
1939: The Selah Jubilee Singers record "Traveling Shoes."
1976: Willie Bobo, bass singer for the Dixie Hummingbirds, dies in
1936: Mitchell's Christian Singers record "Who Was John?"
Doc McKenzie, of Doc McKenzie and The Hi-Lites, is born in
2005: Eddie �Bubba� Crumbley, Jr., Lead Guitar Player for
The Dynamic Holy Spiritualaires of Laurel, MS, died.
2007: Clara Walker, of The Gospel Redeemers, died in New York, NY.
1896: Rev. Gary Davis is born.
Al Hollis, of Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC'S, is born.
Rev. Ruben Willingham & The Swanee Quintet's biggest hit song was "Sit Down Servant" (1953). Their first guitarist, William Crawford, is said to have brought the electric guitar to gospel music. R&B superstar James Brown credits the Swanee Quintet as being a major influence on his music.
Brook Benton is known for his R&B recordings, but he actually started singing
with The Camden Jubilee Singers, Camden, SC. He also sang with The
Langfordaires, The Golden Gate Quartet, and the Jerusalem Stars.