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January 2008


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


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

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


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

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


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

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, Tennessee


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

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


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


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


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.


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

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.


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.


2005: Wilson Pickett, formerly of The Violinaires and The Spiritual Five, died in Reston, VA.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.



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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