Gloryland Gospel Quartet Calendar

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July 2017

 

1st

 

1899: Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey is born, Villa Rica, GA.

 

2nd

 

1899: W. Herbert Brewster is born, Tenn.

 

1994: Marion Williams dies.

 

1998: Rev. Cleophus Robinson dies.

 

2013: Bishop Billy Bowers, of The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, died in Birmingham, AL.

 

3rd

 

1951: Twenty-Five thousand people attend Sister Rosetta Tharpe's wedding, Washington, D.C.

 

1962: Johnny Valentine of The Mighty Clouds of Joy is born.

 

4th

 

2007: Bill Pinkney, the last surviving original member of The Drifters and founder of The Gospel Drifters, died in Daytona Beach, FL.

 

5th

 

2008:  Bishop Charles Craig, who performed with his brother James Linsey Craig as The Craig Brothers, died in Detroit, MI.

 

6th

 

1929: Arthur Crume of The Soul Stirrers is born, Portageville, Missouri.

 

1931: Della Reese of the Meditation Singers is born, Detroit, Mich.

 

2000: James Hill of the Fairfield Four dies in Nashville, Tennessee.    

 

7th

 

2013: Bobby Hurd, Gospel Promoter, Radio and Television Host, died in Atlanta, GA.

 

8th

 

2011: Gregory L. Burnside, of The Pilgrim Wonders, died in Little Rock, AR.

 

9th

 

1901: Gospel composer Jester Hariston is born, N.C.

 

2002: James Harris of The Gospel Four of Memphis, TN dies.

 

10th

 

1952: Elder Troy Jackson of Brothers and Sisters of Willacoochee, GA is born in Willacoochee, GA.

 

Rodney Bennet of Doc McKenzie and the Hi-Lites is born in Virginia.

 

11th

2010: Bishop Walter L. Hawkins died at his home in Ripon, CA. 

2011: Bishop F. C. Barnes died in in Greenville, NC.

12th

 

1986: Chester Feemster of the Salem Travelers, dies.

 

2009: John "Boot" Carter of Troy Ramey & The Soul Searchers died in Atlanta, GA.

 

2009: Mildred Miller Howard of The Original Gospel Harmonettes of Birmingham, AL, died in Cincinnati, OH.

 

14th

 

1972: Brother Joe May died in Thomasville, GA.

 

2008: Rev. Lawrence Roberts, longtime producer for Savoy Records, died.

 

15th

 

1995: Bill Woodruff of the Sensational Nightingales dies.

 

16th

 

1930: Rev. F. W. McGhee records "Fifty Miles of Elbow Room."

 

18th

 

2008: Michael Cook of The Mighty Clouds of Joy died in East Orange, NJ.

 

19th

 

1949: The Roberta Martin Singers record "Old Ship of Zion."

 

20th

 

1966: Peyton Bailey is born in Easton, MD.

 

2011: Kirby Powell of The Powell Tradition died in Robersonville, NC.

 

2013: Willie 'Block' Turner,  of The New Joyful Sounds of Selma, Alabama, died.

 

21st

 

1953: Melvin Williams of The Williams Brothers is born in Smithdale, MS.

 

2003: Tommie Johnson of the Harmonizing Four dies in Richmond, VA.

 

2009: Horace Clarence Boyer, songwriter, music historian and member of The Boyer Brothers, died in Amherst, MA.

 

23rd

 

1955: Shrine Auditorium Gospel Concert is held.

 

25th

 

1941: The Southern Sons record "Go Down, Moses."

 

26th

 

1933: Rev. Charles A. Tindley dies.

 

1936: J. J. Farley joins the Soul Stirrers.

 

2008: Rosalyn Brunswick-McDuffie, former Donnie McClurkin background singer, died in Houston, TX.

 

27th

 

1984: Rev. C. L. Franklin dies.

 

1924: Paul Owens of the Dixie Hummingbirds is born in Philadelphia, PA.

 

28th

 

1946: Lee Williams of The Spiritual QC's is born in Tupelo, MS.

 

29th

 

2011: Promoter James Gamble (Mr. Blockbuster) died in Florence, SC.

 

2012: Bishop James Lenzy Craig, Sr., Pastor of Craig Memorial Tabernacle in Detroit and member of The Craig Brothers, died in Detroit, MI.
 

30th

 

2003: Ron Freeman founder of Atlanta International Records dies.

 

2008: Margaret "Babe" Allison, lead singer and founder of The Angelics Gospel Singers, died in Philadelphia, PA.

 

2014: Phyllis Brown, of The Brown Sisters, died in Chicago, IL.

 

31st

 

1915: Frances Steadman of The Stars of Faith is born in Baltimore, MD.

 

2009: Reverend Tryon Eichelberger, Radio Angel and founder of the gospel group All In The Family, died at Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, SC.

 

2014: Al "The Bishop" Hobbs, Chairman of the National Gospel Announcers Guild of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc., died in Indianapolis, IN.

 

Founded in 1960 by their father, Leon "Pop" Williams, in Smithdale, Mississippi, The Little Williams Brothers soon grew to become The Sensational Williams Brothers. They changed their name once more to The Williams Brothers, recorded their first LP in 1973 for Songbird Records, and garnered an instant hit with the song "Jesus Will Fix It." 

 

Rev. Lawrence Roberts was a longtime producer for Savoy Records.  It was his church choir -- the Angelic Choir of the First Baptist Church of Nutley, NJ -- that teamed with Rev. James Cleveland on the historic "Peace Be Still" recording session in September 1963.  That album took Cleveland and the Angelic Choir to new levels of popularity in the gospel music industry and helped make Savoy the "go to" label for gospel choirs for the next three decades.   (Bob Marovich, The Black Gospel Blog)

 

Special Thanks to: Eric LeBlanc for his help on the dates.

 

 

 

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