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November 2017




1903: Don Robey owner of Peacock Records is born in Houston, TX.


2010: Pastor Eldred Lewis Haynes of The Singing Crusaders of Camden, SC, died in Newberry, SC.




Harvey Watkins Jr. of the Canton Spirituals is born in Canton, MS.


2009: Rev. Frederick H. Bolton, former musician with Doc McKenzie & The Gospel Hi-Lites, died in Birmingham, AL.




1987: Elgie Graham of The Pilgrim Jubilees dies in Chicago, IL.




1927: Cora Martin of the Sallie Martin Singers is born in Chicago, IL.


1957: The Dixie Hummingbirds record "Christian Automobile."


2008: Senator Barack Obama elected President of the United States of America.


2014 Ernest Lowery, Jr., of the legendary Lowery Brothers of Montgomery, AL, died.


2015: Promoter Eleanor "Red" Collins died in Macon, GA.




1979: R. B. Robinson of the Soul Stirrers dies in Troy, Alabama.


2012: President Barack Obama re-elected President of the United States of America.




1973: Rev. O. M. Hoover Checker recording artist dies in Cleveland, OH.




1928: Clarence Hopkins of The Southern Sons is born in Cleveland, OH.




1912: Brother Joe May is born, Macon, MS.




1935: Pervis Staples of the Staples Singers is born in Drew, MS.


2009: Mary Jane King of The Corinthian Singers died in Indianapolis, IN.




1991: J. H. Medlock of the Soul Stirrers and Christland Singers dies in Houston, TX.


1996: Cordell Reagon of the Freedom Singers dies in Berkeley, CA.


2005: Louise Candy Davis dies in Birmingham, AL.


2009: Johnny Fields, one of the original Five Blind Boys of Alabama, died in Henderson, NC.




2008: Devour "BAM BAM" Robinson, drummer for New Revelation of Chicago and a vocalist with The Anointed Ones of Chicago, was killed in Chicago, IL.




2001: Jerry Dwayne J. D. Heidelberg, Bass Guitar Player for The Dynamic Holy Spiritualaires of Laurel, MS, died.




1994: Harvey Watkins Sr. of the Canton Spirituals dies in Jackson, MS.


2005: Melvin Reed, formerly of The Violinaires and The Gospel Classics, died.


2010: William "Billy" Walker (also known as Willie Walker), a member of Tim Woodson & The Heirs of Harmony, died in Lansing, MI.




1962: Joey Williams of The Blind Boys of Alabama is born in New York City, NY.


2002: Rev. E. Stewart of E. Stewart & The Stewart Family dies in Houston, TX.


2014: Brenda Russell, former member of The Truthettes and a Gospel Promoter, died in Greensboro, NC.




1910: Spencer Jackson of the Consolators is born in Thomaston, AL.


Melvin Wilson, of Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites, is born in Bethel, NC.


2012: Brothers Matthew Richardson and Kelvin Richardson, members of The Richardson Starlights, died in Huger, SC.




Flossie Boyd Johnson, of Flossie and The Singing Sisters, is born in Bishopville, SC.


1953: The 5 Blind Boys of Alabama record "The Sermon."


2006: Bernice Cole, formerly of The Angelic Gospel Singers, died in New York City, NY.




1895: Sallie Martin is born in Pittfield, GA.


2007: Jewell Rowe, singer and promoter, died in Los Angeles, CA.




1912: Rufus Carrethers bass singer for the Fairfield Four is born in Nashville, TN.


2005: Ruby Sommerville-Dixon "affectionately known as Mother Dixon" died in St. Louis, MO.


2005: Robert Turner, of Robert Turner and The Silver Heart Singers, died in Indianapolis, IN.




1993: Robert Reed of the Spirit of Memphis dies in Memphis, TN.


2011: James Earl Richmond, of The Mighty Kings of Harmony, died in Memphis, TN.


2014: Deacon Timothy Smith, Founder and Lead Singer of The Gospel Aires of Alapaha, GA, died.




1926: Clara Smith records "Get on Board."




1909: Leon "Pop" Williams of The Williams Brothers is born in MS.


Kerry & Jerry Marable of the Marable Twins and Company were born in Murfreesboro, TN.

2005: Wilson "Lit" Waters, Jr., of the Grammy Award-winning Fairfield Four,  died in Nashville, TN.


2009: Joe Cephus Patton, gospel singer known as "Big Joe Patton," died in Niagara Falls, NY.




Cornelius Dewayne Watkins of the Canton Spirituals is born in Canton, MS.


2009: Francis Steadman, member of the Mary Johnson Davis Singer, Clara Ward Singers, and The Stars of Faith, died in Baltimore, MD.


2013: Rev. George Easley, former Lead Singer of The Gospel Keynotes and The Sweet Singing Cava-Leers, died in Los Angeles, CA.



1919: Elgie Graham of The Pilgrim Jubilees is born in Houston, MS.


2010: Dr. Jerome Brown, an original member of The Mighty Clouds of Joy, died in Los Angeles, CA.




1929: Clarence Fountain, lead singer for the Blind Boys of Alabama is born in Tyler, AL.


2010: Mrs. Emma Lumzy, mother of The Lumzy Sisters, died in Somerset, NJ.


Gospel Songwriter Kenneth Morris wrote such well-known hymns as "Does Jesus Care?" and "Eyes Hath Not Seen." In 1940, he and gospel pioneer Sallie Martin formed the renowned Martin & Morris music publishing house.


Special Thanks to: Eric LeBlanc and Ted Holland for the help on these dates.




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