– Odessa Perkins

Odessa Perkins sang with the Gertrude Ward Singers (F-M LP 306, poss. also on Buena Vista LP 564, the latter being released as by the Famous Ward Gospel Singers, referring to Clara Ward!) and she had a single (Chap-Perk 100) and an LP release (Golden Soul LP 2847) under her own name. The photograph shows a message written by Odessa Perkens, aimed at ‘Bro. Henderson & staff’ (see the Proverb, Gospel Corner and Kent Gospel labels).

– Unknown group photographs #2

Any information on the groups pictured here, is welcome!

The text on top reads: “The all mighty church rockers of the West Coast known as the RCA recording art. Spiritual Airs Singers of Long Beach Calif.”


Shown op top is the name “Sensational Starlight” (with a phone number). The Gospel Discography (Laughton/Hayes) shows two groups with the name the Sensational Starlights” (plural); one recorded for MJ and Family, the other for Melron. Is this group one of them? The discography also lists the (Sensational) Starlight Singers, but this group recorded under this name  from 1969 and later and I assume this photograph is from an earlier date. This last group started recording as the Starlight Singers of Emporia, Virginia (one 45 was released: Gospel Recording Co. 513).

– More photographs

I have added several artist/group photographs (between brackets are the label pages where they’re added to):

I’ve also added scans for:


– Unknown group photographs

Here are some photographs that I have and of which I would like to obtain more details. Who can help? E-mail me and I will add all information to the website! Three photographs for now, with more to follow.


This group appears to be the Spiritual Stars of Los Angeles, Calif. (hand written in the upper left corner), but no information can be found on a group with this name. Or could it be the group that recorded for the Staff label?


Names and address are given, but more information is needed. There are many groups with this name in the gospel discography (Laughton/Hayes), but I didn’t find a match.


Interesting photograph of what seems to be the signing of a record deal. Not sure is this one has any connection with gospel, but it was included in a batch of  gospel photographs, so it seems likely. In the upper left corner there’s a picture of a preacher given, which may indicate that it’s indeed gospel related.

– Latest additions

I have done too little over the last few months. Hopefully it will be better in the next few weeks! In the last few days I made a start by adding some information and scans to the website:

  • Scans for Specialty LP 2107 (Original Gospel Harmonettes);
  • Scans for Kent LP 569 (Corder Family);
  • Information (no scans) added to the Clar-Walk discography (#575: Southwest Quartet Of New York City);
  • Information changed on the Ark 45 by the Bibletone Gospel Singers; the correct label number appears to be #154 (not #171). I have no scans, but I’ve seen xeroxed label shots;
  • Scans for M.B.K. 106 (Helen Henderson); this 45 was also released on Proverb 1025;
  • Scans for Nashboro 814 (Silver Bells);
  • Scans for Chess 1657 (Pilgrim Harmonaires)

To be continued…