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January 2008

1st

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

2nd

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

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

3rd

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

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

4th

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

6th

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

8th

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

9th

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

10th

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.

15th

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.

16th

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

17th

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.

18th

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

19th

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

20th

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.

21st

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

22nd

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.

23rd

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.

26th

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

27th

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.

28th

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

29th

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

30th

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.

31st

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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