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January 2018


2003: Anne L. Drinkard dies in Newark, NJ.

2010: Brother Leon Gaines, of the Deep South Singers Gospel Group, died in Huntsville, AL.


1970: Ruth Davis of the Davis Sisters dies in Philadelphia, PA.

1955: Thelma Davis of the Davis Sisters dies in Philadelphia, PA.

2011: George M. Williams, musician for Deacon Williams & The Soul Converters, died in Bronx, NY.


1963: Songwriter Lucie E. Campbell dies in Nashville, TN.

1995: Cassietta George of the Caravans dies in Los Angeles, CA.

2009:  Tommy Ellison of Tommy Ellison & The Singing Stars died in Baltimore, MD.

2012: Aaron Benjamin McCorkle, Sr. , of The McCorkle Brothers, died in Columbia, SC. 


1919: Theodore Freeland of the Four Interns is born in NC.

1925: Rev. Calvin Hightower is born in Arkansas

2002: Gospel Host of the long running Jubilee Showcase Sid Ordower dies.

2005: Rev. Joe Hodges of The Kings of Harmony died in Memphis, TN.


2009:  Gospel Singer Willa Mae Dorsey died in Portland Organ.


1922: Kylor Turner of the Pilgrim Travelers is born in Cleveland, TX.

Rev. Galbert R. Conner Jr., of The Gospel Incredibles, was born in McClellanville, SC.

2006: Lou Rawls, formerly of The Chosen Gospel Singers & The Pilgrim Travelers, died in Los Angeles, CA.

2009:  Rev. Claude Jeter, of The Swan Silvertones, died in Bronx, NY.

2013: Rev. Charles McLean, of The Gospel Keynotes, died in Atlanta, GA.


1928: Cleve Graham of the Pilgrim Jubilees is born in Houston, MS.

2009: Rev. Leroy Taylor, formerly of The Soul Stirrers and a founding member of The Christland Singers Of Chicago, died in Chicago, IL.

2016: Otis Clay died in Chicago, IL


1997: Big Bill Rash of the Blind Boys of Alabama dies in Columbus Ohio

2007: Harry "Highway" Holt, founding member of The Dynamic Dixie Travelers, died in Nashville, TN.


1966: Bobby Webster of the Windy City SpiritualaireS is born in Greenwood, MS.

2001: Willie Neal Johnson of the Gospel Keynotes dies in Tyler, TX.

2014: Frederick G. (Rico) Duff, Sr., a former member of The Brooklyn Allstars, died in Dillon, SC.


2016: Rev. Joe Hunter of The Alabama Spirituals, died in Alexander City, AL


2009: Larry James Maxwell, of Larry Maxwell and the Golden Voices, died in Charlotte, NC.


1929: Bill Woodruff of the Sensational Nightingales is born in Spartanburg, SC.

1929: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is born in Atlanta, GA.

1910: J. C. Ginyard of the Dixieaires is born in St. Matthews, SC.

1956: Mary Rolfe of the Sensational Rolfe is born in West Memphis, AR.

2018: Brother Robert L. Stevenson, Radio Angel, Gospel Music Announcer, and Gospel Music Promoter, dies in Rome, GA.

2018: Edwin R. Hawkins, Singer, Composer, Keyboardist, Arranger, and Choir Director, dies in in Pleasanton, CA.


1925: A. C. Littlefield of the Bells of Joy is born in Sealy, TX.

1973: Clara Ward of the Ward Singers dies in Los Angeles, CA.

2008: Edgar O'Neal, of the O'Neal Twins, died in St. Louis, MO


1918: Clifford Givens of the Southern Sons is born in Newark, NJ.

1999: Edwin Newberry Jr. of the Newberry Singers dies in Philadelphia, PA.

1997: Clarice Proctor of the Gospel Revelators dies in Fort Worth, TX.


1969: Roberta Martin of the Roberta Martin Singers dies in Chicago, IL.


1987: Robert MaGee, of The Dynamic Holy Spiritualaires of Laurel, MS, died.

2006: Wilson Pickett, formerly of The Violinaires and The Spiritual Five, died in Reston, VA.

2012: Floyd Wilson the guitar player for The Rising Stars of Eastover, SC, died.


1920: George McCurn of the Pilgrim Travelers is born in Alabama

1954: Tyries Rolfe of the Sensational Rolfe Family is born in Forrest City, AR.


1916: J. W. Alexander of the Pilgrim Travelers is born in Hamilton, MS.

Rev. Clark N. Conner, of The Gospel Incredibles was born, in McClellanville, SC.

2012: Mrs. Ethel Mae Henderson Taylor, "The Queen of Gospel" and the first African-American female radio announcer in SC, died.

2013:  Roy P. Greene, Jr., former keyboard player for Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires and the brother of Minister David Battle of The Fantastic Violinaires, died in Rocky Mount, NC.


1931: Sam Cooke of the Soul Stirrers is born in Clarksdale, MS.

1915: Rev. C. L. Franklin is born in Sunflower, MS.

1999: A. C. Littlefield of the Bells of Joy dies in Austin, TX.


1927: Professor Alex Bradford is born in Bessemer, AL.

1929: Cassietta George of the Caravans is born in Memphis, TN.

1993: Thomas A. Dorsey dies in Chicago, IL.

2009: Bishop Charles Edward Cook of The Mighty Gospel Giants of Brooklyn, NY died.


2010: Van Eva Sydnor Jeffries, the manager and last original member of the Carnation Quintet, died in Louisville, KY.


1912: Ray Babb of the Radio Four is born in Kentucky.

2009: Gospel Singer Ethel Holloway died in Chicago, IL.


2005: Anne Caesar-Price of Shirley Caesar and The Caesar Singers dies in Durham, NC.

1981: Rev. Julius Cheeks of the Sensational Nightingales dies in Miami, FL.

1972: Mahalia Jackson dies in Evergreen Park, IL.


2007: William "June" McCarley of the Masonic Travelers of Memphis, Tennessee, died.

2010: Deacon Nathaniel Goodson, Jr. of The National Juniors of Columbia, SC, died.


2003: Bedile Goldsmith founder (gave the group its name) of the Mighty Clouds of Joy dies in Los Angeles, CA.

2016: LaTonya Williams Pittman, daughter of Melvin Williams (The Williams Brothers) of Smithdale, MS, died.


1928: Dorothy Love Coates of the Gospel Harmonettes is born in Birmingham, AL.

1912: James Darling of the Spirit of Memphis Quartet is born in Tunica, MS.

1992: Bob Crutcher of the Chosen Gospel Singers dies in Memphis, TN.

2006:  Coretta Scott King, the First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement, died in in Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

2018: John Whitmore, of The Gospel Four, dies in Memphis, TN.


Abria C Swindell, Sr. of The Swindell Bothers born.

1957: David C. "Smitty" Smith of the Southern Sons dies in Tifton, GA.

2003: Rev. Percell Perkins former lead singer of the Blind Boys of Mississippi dies in Helena, AR.


2011: Clarence Murray, formerly of The Swanee Quintet, died in Augusta, GA.


2012: Joseph J. Rocourt, former musician with Slim & The Supreme Angels, died in Bronx, NY.




Did You Know??


When Billboard magazine began charting African American gospel music sales and radio airplay in January 1965 with its hot spiritual LP and singles charts, Rev. James Cleveland dominated: his album Peace Be Still, Vol. 3 and his single "Peace Be Still" both received top billing.


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




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