1993: Willie Banks of The Messengers died.
1955: Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers recorded "Touch The Hem of His Garmet."
1941: Johnnie Martin of the Mighty Clouds of Joy is born.
1994: Willie Mae Ford Smith dies in St. Louis, MO.
2012: Robert Covington, of Robert
Covington And The Cross Jordans, died in Brooklyn, NY.
Edna Patterson of P&P productions Atlanta, GA is born in Atlanta.
1927: Rev. Dewey Young of the Flying Clouds is born in
Evelyn Turrentine-Agee is born in St. Louis MO.
2009: Eddie "Hugh" Brown of The Brown
Brothers of Chicago, IL, died in Kilmichael, MS.
William Bright, a
member of the Dixie Hummingbirds, dies in Philadelphia, PA.
Rev. Thomas Spann of the Brooklyn Allstars is born.
1984: Vance "Tiny" Powell of the Paramount Singers dies.
2007: Joe Watson of The Blind Boys of Mississippi died in New Haven,
1987: Johnnie Martin of the Mighty Clouds of Joy dies.
1982: Kylo Turner of the Pilgrim Travelers dies.
Darryl Henley of Doc McKenzie and The Hi-Lites is born
in Patterson, NJ.
2012: Gloria Langley, one of the lead
singers, of Women Of Strength (of Columbia, SC) died in Camden, SC.
2007: Ernestine Rundless, founder and leader of The Meditation
Singers of Detroit, died.
Darryl Peavy, of Darryl
Peavy & Nu Season, died in Atlanta, GA.
1960: Archie Brownlee lead singer for the Blind Boys of Mississippi, dies.
2011: Robert E. Evans of The
Disciples (Formerly The Singing Disciples) died in Baltimore, MD.
1955: The Davis Sisters record "Twelve Gates To The City."
1991 Rev. James Cleveland dies.
1916: "Gospel" Joe Williams of the Harmonizing Four is born.
1954: The Chosen Gospel Singers, featuring Lou Rawls, record "No Room in the Hotel."
1968: Kevin Mathews, Drummer for The
Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, is born.
Brother James Edward Mr. Gospel Thomas, lead
singer of The Capitol City Five (of Raleigh, NC), died in Raleigh, NC.
1960: Michael Todd of the Windy City Spiritualaires is born.
1932: Jimmy Carter of the Blind Boys of Alabama is born.
2011: Ronnie Lee Brown, Guitarist for
the Brown Singers and for Leomia Boyd, died in Aberdeen, MS.
Whitney Elizabeth Houston died
in Los Angeles, CA.
1957: The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi recorded "Let's Have Church."
2011: Dewayne Williams, of The New
Stars Of Faith of Ft Valley, GA, died.
Somerville, bass player for the Bell Singers, is born.
1970: Tim Woodson of the Heirs of Harmony is born in Battle
1978: Prof. Alex Bradford dies.
William Berry Palmer, musician for The Harmonettes,
The Southland Troubadors and The Joylites, died in Spartanburg, SC.
Mathews, Drummer for The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, is born.
Cleotha Staples of The Staple
Singers died in Chicago, IL.
1994: Rev. Reuben Willingham dies.
Johnnie Mims of The Swanee Quintet is born in
1993: Jet Bledsoe of the Spirit of Memphis Quartet dies.
2007: Rev. Howard "Slim" Hunt of Slim and The Supreme Angels died
in Goldsboro, NC.
2007: Barney Parks, Jr., former member of the Dixie Hummingbirds,
founder of The Sensational Nightingales and Husband and Manager of Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke, died in Henderson NC.
2009: George N. Scott, Radio Angel
and Gospel Promoter, died in Atlanta, GA.
1954: Minister Kenneth Washington,
singer and songwriter, is born in Albany, GA.
William Pace Sr., a member of
The United Juniors Gospel Singers, died in Muskegon, MI.
1956: Rev. Claude Jeter & The Swan Silvertones recorded "Jesus Remembers."
1915: J. J. Farley of the Soul Stirrers is born.
1991: Willie Love of the Fairfield Four dies.
2003: Marvin Sanders of the Mighty Golden Bells Raleigh, NC dies in Raleigh,
2006: Ricky Dimming of Michael
Carter and 2nd Generation died in Shreveport, LA.
Wayne "Puddin" Lamonte Davis,
who played drums for The Fantastic Violinaires and The Pilgrim Jubilees, died in
Rocky Mount, NC.
2015: George Dickens, Jr., of George
Dickens and the Gospel Disciples, died in Tarboro, NC.
One of the earliest successful gospel groups was the Mitchell Christian Singers of Kinston, North Carolina. They were formed in the early 1930s by James B. Long, who produced their earliest recordings. In 1938, the group performed in the Spirituals to Swing Concert with Benny Goodman, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and the Golden Gate Quartet.
Hummingbirds were inducted into the Gospel Music Association (GMA) Gospel Music
Hall of Fame on February 2, 2009, in Nashville, TN. Members of the Birds
present for the induction ceremony were Lyndon Baines Jones, Carlton Lewis,
William Bright and Torrey Nettles. Sundray Tucker, the daughter of deceased
Inductee Ira Tucker, was also present.