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Clara Ward

(1924—1973)

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Aretha Franklin

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(b. 1942), gospel, jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues singer.

Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Her father, Rev. Clarence LaVaugh...

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Della Reese

Overview page. Subjects: Music — United States History.

(b. 6 July 1931), author, singer, actress, minister.

The multitalented Della Reese is one of the most treasured and well-respected entertainers of our time. Born Deloreese Patricia...

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Gospel Music

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

It has been said that “Gospel compositions come to life at the hands of the performers.” The term “gospel,” meaning a musical genre, was first used in reference to late-nineteenth-century...

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Herman Lubinsky

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. 30 August 1896, USA, d. 16 March 1974, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Lubinsky formed Savoy Records in 1942 in Market Street, Newark, New Jersey after running a record shop ...

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Marion Williams

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

(b. 29 August 1927; d. 2 July 1994), American gospel singer.

Marion Williams was one of the finest vocalists in the history of gospel music, yet her impact extends beyond ...

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Martin, Roberta

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

(b. 12 February 1907; d. 18 January 1969), gospel singer, pianist, composer, and publisher. Roberta Evelyn Martin was one of six children born to William and Anna Winston in Helena,...

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Raymond Raspberry

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B. 1930, USA, d. 20 October 1995, Los Angeles, California, USA. After working as a pianist with several of the most prominent gospel stars, including Mahalia Jackson, Wynona Carr and ...

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rock

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Music.

Species of popular mus. originating in USA (as rock 'n’ roll) in early 1950s and spreading throughout world. Perf. by ‘groups’, e.g. of v(v)., guitars, often electronically amplified, and...

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Shirley Caesar

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B. 13 October 1938, Durham, North Carolina, USA. A deeply spiritual and affecting gospel singer, Caesar’s emotive vocals were first discovered in a church choir when she was 10 years ...

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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B. Rosetta Nubin, 20 March 1915, Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA, d. 9 October 1973, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After first singing in a church choir, Tharpe quickly became a solo singer....

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