Today I have finally finished a new gallery, dedicated to the photographs I own. It can be found under the Galleries menu and you can click here to see it. Aditional information will be added to all photographs in the nearby future.
- The Stars of Bethlehem, including Richard Wallace, Nathaniel Green, Odell Thompson and Willie, Roosevelt and Ollie Jones, recorded for the Ensign label in 1960 and one album (Ensign LP 4001) and a 45 (Ensign 3001) were released. As the Stars of Bethel, the Jones brothers recorded for the R and B label in 1954, with Johnny Young on lead vocals. Johnny Young later recorded secular as Little Johnny Taylor. After the breakup of the Stars of Bethlehem, Wallace became involved with the Mighty Clouds of Joy.
I’ve added the following photographs (in between brackets are the pages where the links are entered):
- Blind Boys of Alabama (Specialty)
- Chosen Gospel Singers (Specialty)
- Leo Daniels (Hy-Tone)
- Five Blind Boys of Mississippi (Peacock)
- Unity Travelers (Hy-Tone)
- Zion Travelers (Dooto/Dootone)
Scans have been added for the following Nashboro releases:
- A female group of which only three 45’s are known to exist, all released on the Allegro label from Los Angeles, CA. It’s possible that there’s also an LP release on the Allegro label.
- The Cawthron, C&C and Allegro labels were run by Dunlap J. Cawthron around 1959 (Cawthron) and in the early 1960’s (C&C, Allegro). For more information, click here.
The Freedom Gospel Singers are known to have released two 45’s, one on the M And R label and one on Studio 7. The song “I Told The Lord”, from the M and R 45, is included below to listen to.
(source Studio 7 image: internet)
- Billed as “the world’s youngest known family group in Christ”, but it seems unlikely that the group ever made any records. But charming it is.
Odessa Perkins sang and recorded with the Lathanettes and the Gertrude Ward Singers and she had a single (Chap-Perk 100) and an LP release (Golden Soul LP 2847) under her own name. For a detailed story on this singer, check this Opal Louis Nations article. The photograph shows a message written by Odessa Perkins, aimed at ‘Bro. Henderson & staff’ (see the Proverb, Gospel Corner and Kent Gospel labels).
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: GRC 513).
I have added several artist/group photographs (between brackets are the label pages where they’re added to):
- George Curry (Elko)
- Kenneth Glover & the Glovertones (Vee-Jay)
- Harmonizing Four (Vee-Jay)
- Kansas City Melodyaires (Acquarian)
- Kelly Brothers (Federal)
- Mighty Cross of Calvary (Hy-Tone)
- Louis Narcisse (Peacock)
- Pilgrim Travelers (Specialty)
- Starlight Quintette (Peacock)
I’ve also added scans for:
In the last few days I’ve added the following:
- Scans and information for Vee-Jay LP’s 5026, 5031, 5041, 5053.
- Scans for Nashboro 502.
- Scans of photographs of the Vocal-Aires, the Hamptonaires, the Gospel Revelators and the Singing Cavaliers. Links have been added to the Proverb and Gospel Corner pages.