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Wed, 08.17.1932 story

Gospel Music unionized

*On this date in 1932, the first Gospel Choral Union was organized. This was one of the first organizations for the preservation and development of Gospel music.

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Mon, 11.01.2010 video

Gospel Music’s Uniqueness, Carl Walker

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Mon, 05.06.2013 video

Gospel Musics Challenge, Reverend Carl Walker

Reverend Carl Walker, minister and music teacher shares his views on the music industry’s challenge to gospel music

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Wed, 07.01.1942 story

Andrae Crouch, Gospel Musician born

*Andraé Crouch was born on this date in 1942. He was an African American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, recording artist, record producer, and pastor.

Born in San Francisco, California, Andraé Edward Crouch along with his twin sister, Sandra were children to Benjamin and Catherine (neé Hodnett) Crouch. When he was young, Crouch’s parents owned and operated Crouch Cleaners, a dry-cleaning business, a restaurant, a street ministry, and hospital and prison ministry in Los Angeles, California.

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Sat, 07.01.1899 story

Thomas Dorsey, Gospel Composer born

*Thomas Dorsey was born on this date in 1899. He was an African American pianist, arranger and composer, known as the “Father of Gospel Music.”

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Thu, 10.26.1911 story

Mahalia Jackson, Gospel Singer born

This date marks gospel singer Mahalia Jackson’s birthday in 1911. She was an African American gospel singer, widely regarded as the best in the history of the genre, and is the first “Queen of Gospel Music.”

Jackson was born in New Orleans and raised in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. At a young age, Jackson knew she was going to be successful but Mahalia refused to sing secular music, a pledge she would keep throughout her professional life. Halie’s Aunt Bell told her that one day she would sing in front of royalty. Halie would one day see that come true.

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Sat, 03.20.1915 story

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Gospel Singer born

*Sister Rosetta Tharpe was born on this date in 1915. She was an African American singer and one of the first gospel singers to tour Europe.

Her career spanned five decades. Born Rosetta Nubin, in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, her family moved to Chicago when she was five. Her singing debut, with her mother, was before an audience of 1,000 people. The 1920’s and 30’s were years when Sister Rosetta sang the gospel songs of composers such as W.H. Brewster and blues-tinted gospels songs of Thomas A. Dorsey. Rosetta Tharpe was married three times.

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Fri, 04.03.1970 story

RAP, a Music, Business, Culture and Heritage

On this date we explore Rap music. RAP is urban music that grew out of the hip-hop movement of the South Bronx, New York, in the 1970s. It blends rhythmic instrumental tracks created by a disc jockey, with the spoken, rhyming lyrics of an MC, (Rapper).

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Mon, 04.21.1924 story

Clara Ward, Gospel Singer born

On this date in 1924, Clara Ward was born. She was an African American gospel singer and composer.

Ward was from Philadelphia, PA where she began her singing and piano career at the age of six. In 1934 she was an accompanist for the Ward Trio, a family group that included her mother, Gertrude and her sister Willa. The group received national attention in 1943 when it sang at the National Baptist Convention. Afterwards they toured throughout the country.

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Mon, 12.05.1932 story

James Cleveland, Gospel Voice born

James Cleveland was born on this date in 1932. He was an African American minister, composer, and gospel vocalist.

Born in Chicago, Cleveland’s life calling began at that city’s Pilgrim Baptist Church. Mahalia Jackson lived on Cleveland’s paper route and influenced his career. In 1953, he joined a gospel group called the Caravans as pianist, arranger, and occasional singer. They had two successful recordings, “The Solid Rock” and “Old Time Religion.” Between 1956 and 1960, Cleveland wrote an average of three songs a week.

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