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  • Proverb Records was started by Brother Henderson, in February 1959. The first addresses used were PO Box addresses in Beverly Hills, CA and Pacoima, CA; all in the neighborhood of Central Ave., Los Angeles, where the company was located throughout the 1960’s. In 1964 Henderson started the Gospel Corner label. Probably in 1971 Kent Gospel Records took over distribution of both labels and later the Gospel Corner and Proverb names were dropped. All subsequent releases came out on Kent Gospel Records. Brother Henderson remained in charge until his demise in 1973.
  • Proverb had a connection with Hy-Tone. Several compilation LP’s on Proverb (LP’s 6-7205, 7-7353 and 7-7688) feature material that was originally released on or recorded for Hy-Tone (Corinthian Singers, Crowns of Glory, Rev. Leo Daniels, Sons of Faith and Unity Travelers).
  • Check this page to see the different Proverb labels in chronological order (although some may have been in use concurrently).
  • Proverb’s catalogue is pretty confusing as many 45’s have been released twice; the same number was used for two different releases.
  • Proverb 102 (Sister Minnie Miller) was reissued as #1020.
  • “Lord You Woke Me Up This Morning” by the (Mighty) Clouds of Joy on Proverb 100 was reissued on #1023. The reverse sides are different.
  • Proverb 1002 (Rev. T.M. Chambers Jr.) has been reissued on Gospel Corner 120.
  • Proverb 1002 (Pilgrim Travelers) was also released as by the New Pilgrim Travelers.
  • Proverb 1008 (Rev. Lee P. James side) lists “Only A Look” and “Say A Prayer For Me” on the labels; I guess these songs are performed as part of “Lord Have Mercy”.
  • Proverb 1011 (Rev. Lee P. James b/w Fantabulous Little Joe) is a 33pm 7inch record. Instead of the prefix ’45’ Proverb used ‘LP’ for this one, but the durations on the labels are 4:50 and 4:20 only. I’ve listed it with the 45’s.
  • “Prayer Changes Things” (Singing Corinthians) on Proverb 1017 is a reissue of that song on #1011.
  • Proverb 1018 is a reissue of #1000 (Brother Lloyd Woodard b/w Rev. Lonnie Farris).
  • Proverb 1019 (Los Angeles Travelers b/w Gospel Five) has also been released on Gospel Corner 1000. The song “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” has drums and organ added on both releases. On Proverb 1000 the song has no overdubs. Proverb 1000 has also been released on Sharon 1467.
  • Proverb 1024 is a reissue of #103 (Rev. T.M. Chambers Jr.).
  • Proverb 1025 (Helen Henderson) seems to have been released first without the addition “Late great voice of”. This may indicate that Helen Henderson died after the first release which made Proverb print alternate labels (?). She was the mother of Brother Henderson and sang with the Simmons-Akers Gospel Singers in 1957 (RCA).
  • Some copies of Proverb 1028 list Madame Emily Braum instead of Madame Emily Bram.
  • Proverb 1030 has been released as by Little Miss Janice first (1967) and then as by Little Janice (1970’s).
  • Proverb 1045 (Los Angeles Angels) was released with the A-side as “White Xmas” (first) and as “White Christmas”.
  • There’s a Proverb acetate by the Corinthian Singers, listing “I Believe” and “Lord Stand By Me”. Proverb LP 7-7688 features the Corinthians of Buffalo, NY (three tracks, possibly from Hy-Tone). Then there’s also a group called the Singing Corinthians, the most well-known of the three, who were from Los Angeles. Since all these groups had releases on Proverb, one may assume some connections.
  • The album “Let’s Have Church” is mentioned on Proverb 100 and 1004 (Clouds of Joy and Lloyd Woodard resp.), “Just To Behold His Face” is mentioned on Proverb 1003 (Revelation Wonders), “Running For Jesus” is mentioned on Proverb 1006 (Delores Patterson/Roger Williams Choir), “The Devil Wants You” is mentioned on Proverb 103 (Rev. T.M. Chambers – this could be LP 5001), “The Great Coronation” is mentioned on Proverb 1012 (Radio Choir of Pilgrim Progressive Baptist Church b/w Rev. Marvin Hines), “Without A Song” and “The Edge Of Night” are mentioned on Proverb 1010 and 1014 (Rev. Clinton Moore). All these LP releases are otherwise unknown.
  • Proverb LP’s 100 (Mighty Clouds of Joy) and 5001 (Rev. Chambers) are mentioned on the back cover of LP 5000 (Rev. H.C. Ross), no album titles are given.
  • Proverb LP 100 seems to have been reissued on HOB LP 288, titled “The Mighty Clouds of Joy Sing Live Zion Songs” (1968) and featuring overdubbed organ, piano and drums.
  • LP 5000 also mentions a couple of 45’s and among them two on the Gospel Corner label. It indicates that LP 5000 and 5001 are from 1964 or later. Since the Proverb 45’s mentioned on the back cover are from no later than 1963, I assume LP’s 5000 and 5001 are from 1964 or 1965.
  • Proverb LP’s 500, 501 and 503 have been released twice; first without and then with the “Distributed by Kent Gospel Records” logo. In addition, the cover art and the album titles are completely different. The second issue of LP 500 had differences in the track listing as well. The reissue LP’s were titled “Here’s Willie Cotton” (#500), “The Circle” (#501) and “Things Will Be Better” (#503). LP 503 (first issue) is listed as an August 1970 release in Billboard Magazine.
  • LP 502 by the Pilgrim Travelers is only known with the “Distributed by Kent Gospel Records” logo, but maybe there’s an earlier version too. LP 502 is mentioned on the back cover of the original version of Proverb LP 503 by the Watts Community Choir (1970). This must be an earlier version, but there are no further details. Maybe it’s unreleased.
  • The back cover of the known version of LP 502 refers to their 1971 Kent LP (#564; “Did You Stop To Pray This Morning”), so this version of LP 502 must have been released in 1971 or later.
  • Proverb 1040 (Watts Community Choir) mentions the LP “What The World Needs Now”; this should probably read “We Need More Love” (the title of the original version of LP 503).
  • All years given are estimates, based on some other sources and a supposed number chronology, but there may be several errors.
  • This page lists all known gospel releases, 45’s and LP’s on the Proverb label.

 

45'srelease artist artist as shown songs year
1Proverb 100 Mighty Clouds of Joy Clouds of Joy Lord, You Woke Me Up This Morning b/w A Christian’s Plea 1959-61
2Proverb 102 Miller, Sister Minnie His Eye Is On The Sparrow b/w Jesus Is All 1959-61
3Proverb 103 Chambers Jr., Rev. T.M. You Don’t Know, Pt. 1 b/w You Don’t Know, Pt. 2 1959-61
4Proverb 11-22-1963 Henderson, Brother Eleven-Twenty Two Nineteen Sixty Three, Pt. 1 b/w Eleven-Twenty Two Nineteen Sixty Three, Pt. 2 1963
5Proverb 1000 Los Angeles Travelers Just A Closer Walk With Thee b/w I Stretch My Hands To Thee 1962
6Proverb 1000 Woodard, Brother Lloyd b/w Rev. Lonnie Farris Brother Lloyd Woodard b/w Rev. Lonnie Farris and his electric steel guitar Sweet Hour Of Prayer #1 b/w Peace In The Valley 1962
7Proverb 1001 Sanctified Six God Rode In A Wind Storm b/w Prayer Changes Things 1962
8Proverb 1002 Chambers Jr., Rev. T.M. The Man Jesus, Pt. 1 b/w The Man Jesus, Pt. 2 (sermon) 1962
9Proverb 1002 Pilgrim Travelers World Famous Pilgrim Travelers When I’m Gone b/w Mother Bowed 1962
10Proverb 1003 Revelation Wonders Revelaton Wonders Just To Behold His Face b/w Just A Little While 1962-63
11Proverb 1003 Ross, Horace C. The Holy Ghost (Got A Hold Of Me), Pt. 1 b/w The Holy Ghost (Got A Hold Of Me), Pt. 2 (sermon) 1962-63
12Proverb 1004 Easley Jr., Rev. R.E. Rev. R.E. Easley, Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif. Lord, Hold That Train, Pt. 1 b/w Lord, Hold That Train, Pt. 2 (sermon) 1962-63
13Proverb 1004 Woodard with Ohio Wonders, Lloyd Lloyd Woodard with Melvin Boyd and Ohio Wonders He Will Take Care, Pt. 1 b/w He Will Take Care, Pt. 2 (sermonette) 1962-63
14Proverb 1005 Phoenix All Stars Lord I Love To Call Your Name b/w Please Stand By Me 1962-63
15Proverb 1005 Singing Corinthians Sweet Home b/w Lord Hold My Hand 1962-63
16Proverb 1006 Patterson and Roger Williams Choir, Delores b/w Roger Williams Choir Pilate’s Hall b/w Thanking Him 1963-64
17Proverb 1007 Pilgrim Travelers World Famous Pilgrim Travelers Where Shall I Go b/w What Is This 1963-64
18Proverb 1008 James, Rev. Lee P. b/w Fantabulous "Little Joe" Rev. Lee P. James b/w the late "Fantabulous" Little Joe Lord Have Mercy b/w I'll Over Come 1963-64
19Proverb 1008 Mighty Sons of Joy Mighty Sons of Joy of Ft. Worth, Texas Hold Me In Your Arms b/w At The Cross 1963-64
20Proverb 1009 Fantabulous "Little Joe" The Gospel Truth, Pt. 1 b/w The Gospel Truth, Pt. 2 1963-64
21Proverb 1009 Vocal-Aires of Birmingham, AL Rev. E. Jones and Vocal-Aires of Birmingham, Ala. b/w A. Wallace and Vocal-Aires of Birmingham, Ala. Without God b/w What About You 1963-64
22Proverb 1010 Farris, Rev. Lonnie Rev. Lonnie Farris and his Gospel Flames His Love b/w The Holy Spirit 1964
23Proverb 1010 Moore, Rev. Clinton Rev. Clinton Moore (The Blind Evangelist of Cincinnati, Ohio) God Specializes, Pt. 1 b/w God Specializes, Pt. 2 1964-65
24Proverb 1011 James, Rev. Lee P. b/w Fantabulous "Little Joe" Prayer b/w I'll Over Come 1964-65
25Proverb 1011 Singing Corinthians Prayer Changes Things b/w When You Have Rivers 1964-65
26Proverb 1012 Carter and Los Angeles Community Youth Choir, Melvin Every Now And Then, Pt. 1 b/w Every Now And Then, Pt. 2 1964-65
27Proverb 1012 Radio Choir of Pilgrim Progressive Baptist Church b/w Rev. Marvin Hines I’m Going To Thank Him b/w These Are They 1964-65
28Proverb 1013 Los Angeles Soul Revivors Never Alone b/w Operator 1964-65
29Proverb 1013 Pilgrim Travelers World Famous Pilgrim Travelers Jesus Knows b/w Nothing But The Blood 1964-65
30Proverb 1014 Golden Crowns Big Paul Foster’s Los Angeles Golden Crowns A Closer Walk b/w The Lord’s Prayer 1964-65
31Proverb 1014 Moore, Rev. Clinton Rev. Clinton Moore (The Blind Evangelist of Cincinnati, Ohio) Tis The Old Ship Of Zion, Pt. 1 b/w Tis The Old Ship Of Zion, Pt. 2 1964-65
32Proverb 1015 Singing Corinthians Shoes b/w The Cross 1964-65
33Proverb 1015 Vocal-Aires of Birmingham, AL Jacob’s Ladder b/w Working On The Building 1964-65
34Proverb 1016 Ohio Wonders Melvin Boyd and Ohio Wonders Lord, You're So Good To Me b/w Stand By Me 1964-65
35Proverb 1016 Los Angeles All Stars I'm Living A Saved Life Now b/w The Walls Of Jericho 1965
36Proverb 1017 Singing Corinthians Singing Corinthians Of Los Angeles, Calif. Don’t Cry b/w Prayer Changes Things 1965-66
37Proverb 1018 Dixon, Prince Bro. Prince Dixon and the Dixon Specials Roll The Train Easy b/w The Altar 1965-66
38Proverb 1018 Woodard, Brother Lloyd b/w Rev. Lonnie Farris Brother Lloyd Woodard b/w Rev. Lonnie Farris and his electric steel guitar Sweet Hour Of Prayer b/w Peace In The Valley 1965-66
39Proverb 1019 Cotton, Willie Brother Willie Cotton He’s The One b/w Old Ship Of Zion 1965-66
40Proverb 1019 Los Angeles Travelers b/w Gospel Five Just A Closer Walk With Thee b/w Just A Closer Walk With Thee 1965-66
41Proverb 1020 Miller, Sister Minnie His Eye Is On The Sparrow b/w Jesus Is All 1965-66
42Proverb 1020 Pilgrim Travelers Peace In The Valley b/w A Soldier's Plea 1965-66
43Proverb 1021 Chambers Brothers Chambers Brothers of Los Angeles I Trust In God b/w Just A Little More Faith 1966-67
44Proverb 1021 Nu-Lite Gospel Singers Nu-Lite Gospel Singers of Kansas City, MO. Lot's Wife b/w I Believe 1966-67
45Proverb 1022 Cotton, Willie Brother Willie Cotton Trying To Get Home b/w Blessed Assurance 1966-67
46Proverb 1022 Fantabulous "Little Joe" Never Grow Old b/w Talk About A Child 1966-67
47Proverb 1023 Los Angeles Angels Blow Wind Blow b/w Something Within Me 1966-67
48Proverb 1023 Mighty Clouds of Joy Lord, You Woke Me Up b/w Jesus Is Real 1966-67
49Proverb 1024 Chambers Jr., Rev. T.M. You Don’t Know, Pt. 1 b/w You Don’t Know, Pt. 2 1966-67
50Proverb 1024 Los Angeles Angels Whisper A Prayer b/w Just A Little Talk 1966-67
51Proverb 1025 Cotton, Willie Joy To The World b/w I'll Be Home For Xmas 1966-67
52Proverb 1025 Henderson, Helen He’s A Light b/w Come To The Altar 1966-67
53Proverb 1026 Los Angeles Angels Walk On By Faith b/w The Saints 1966-67
54Proverb 1026 Carter and Los Angeles Community Youth Choir, Melvin Every Now And Then, Pt. 1 b/w Every Now And Then, Pt. 2 1966-67
55Proverb 1027 Ohio Wonders Big Bad Bashful John McNeil and Ohio Wonders b/w Ohio Wonders My Savior's Care b/w Going Home To Live With Jesus 1966-67
56Proverb 1027 Williams Young Adult Choir, Roger Have You Heard Of A City, Pt. 1 b/w Have You Heard Of A City, Pt. 2 1966-67
57Proverb 1028 Bram, Emily Madame Emily Bram One Day b/w Let God Abide 1966-67
58Proverb 1028 Nu-Lite Gospel Singers Nu-Lite Gospel Singers of K.C., MO You’ve Been So Good b/w Rock Of Ages 1966-67
59Proverb 1029 Cotton, Willie Look For Me, Pt. 1 b/w Look For Me, Pt. 2 1966-67
60Proverb 1030 Little Miss Janice Won’t Be Back b/w Scarred Knees 1967
61Proverb 1031 Wafer, James James Wafer (Mr. Pilgrim Travellers) What A Friend b/w Pilgrim Of Sorrow 1967-69
62Proverb 1033 Los Angeles Angels How Great Thou Art b/w New Born Soul 1967-69
63Proverb 1034 Cotton, Willie Use What I Have b/w Last Mile 1967-69
64Proverb 1035 Pilgrim Travelers James Wafer and Pilgrim Travelers Help Me To Carry On b/w Mercy Lord 1967-69
65Proverb 1037 Cotton, Willie Take Me To The Water b/w Freedom Marchers 1967-69
66Proverb 1040 Watts Community Choir What The World Needs Now b/w Keep On, Keeping On 1968-70
67Proverb 1041 Singing Corinthians Wandering Child b/w Don't Put Off Today 1968-70
68Proverb 1042 Watts Community Choir Fabulous Watts Community Choir He’s Not Heavy b/w The Lord’s Prayer 1968-70
69Proverb 1045 Los Angeles Angels White Xmas b/w Silent Night 1968-70
LP'srelease artist artist as shown title year
1Proverb LP 100 Mighty Clouds of Joy Mighty, Mighty Clouds of Joy Let's Have Church (?) 1960-63
2Proverb LP 101 Chambers Jr., Rev. T.M. The Sermon From The Step Ladder (sermon) 1960-63
3Proverb LP 103 Chambers Jr., Rev. T.M. The Devil Wants You (sermon) 1960-63
4Proverb LP 5000 Ross, Horace C. Rev. H.C. Ross of Los Angeles, Calif. This Amazing Jesus (sermon) 1964-65
5Proverb LP 5001 Chambers Jr., Rev. T.M. Title unknown (sermon) 1964-65
6Proverb LP (?) Revelation Wonders (?) Just To Behold His Face 1964-68
7Proverb LP (?) Roger Williams Choir (?) Running For Jesus 1964-68
8Proverb LP (?) Radio Choir of Pilgrim Progressive Baptist Church (?) The Great Coronation 1964-68
9Proverb LP (?) Moore, Rev. Clinton Without A Song 1964-68
10Proverb LP (?) Moore, Rev. Clinton The Edge Of Night 1964-68
11Proverb LP XX01 Various The Best From The West 1966-67
12Proverb LP 6-7205 Various 20 Great Gospel Sounds 1968-69
13Proverb LP 7-7353 Various 20 Great Gospel Songs 1968-69
14Proverb LP 7-7688 Various 20 Great Spirituals 1968-69
15Proverb LP 500 Willie Cotton Take Me To The Water 1969-70
16Proverb LP 501 Los Angeles Angels Blow Wind Blow 1969-70
17Proverb LP 502 Pilgrim Travelers World Famous Pilgrim Travelers Peace In The Valley 1971-72
18Proverb LP 503 Watts Community Choir Fabulous Watts Community Choir We Need More Love 1970