Gospel Music in History

Events in Music

  • 1971-09-28 NY Times reports growing interest of white youth in black gospel music

Birthdays in Music

  • 1840-08-28 Ira D Sankey, US evangelist/composer/singer (Gospel hymns)
  • 1851-07-07 Charles Tindley, American gospel music composer (d. 1933)
  • 1903-11-01 Don Robey, US gospel singer
  • 1904-06-23 Willie Mae "Mother" Smith, gospel singer/evangelist folk artist
  • 1909-02-01 George Beverly Shea, Winchester, Ontario, American gospel singer
  • 1911-01-23 Dan Smith, harmonica/gospel singer

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1911-10-26 Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (Whole World in his Hands), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson
  • 1914-02-11 Josh White, Blues, folk and gospel musician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • 1915-12-28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, US gospel/singer (Staple Singers)
  • 1923-05-21 Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter
  • 1927-08-29 Marion Williams, US gospel singers (Stars of Faith)
  • 1928-05-22 Roscoe Robinson, US gospel singer
  • 1928-11-25 James "Jimmy" Johnson, US gospel/blues singer/guitarist
  • 1929-02-09 Willem Kersters, Flemish composer (Parwati, Gospel Song)
  • 1932-12-05 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1934-02-16 Austin "Ted" Taylor, US gospel/R&B-singer (Be Ever Wonderful)
  • 1934-12-25 McKinley Mitchell, US gospel/singer (The Town I Live In)
  • 1938-09-12 Judy Clay [Guions], soul and gospel singer, born in St Paul, North Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1938-10-15 Marvin E "Marv" Johnson, US gospel/R&B singer (Move 2 mountains)
  • 1939-12-20 Agatha N "Kim" Weston, US gospel/singer (It Takes Two)
  • 1940-01-08 Cristy Lane, US, country/gospel singer
  • 1941-11-16 Dan Penn, US songwriter/producer/gospel singer (Out in Left Field)
  • 1942-02-11 Otis Clay, US gospel/R&B-singer (That's how it is)
  • 1942-03-07 Tammy Faye Bakker, gospel singer/wife of Jim Baker (PTL)
  • 1942-04-21 Bobby McClure, US gospel singer (Don't Mess Up a Good Thing)
  • 1942-06-13 James Carr, US, gospel singer (To Love Somebody)
  • 1942-07-01 AndraĆ© Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1943-11-30 J[ames] J[ay] Barnes, US gospel/singer (Please Let Me In)
  • 1945-03-21 Vernon Guy, US gospel singer (Cool Sounds, Sharpees)
  • 1948-12-25 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer and actress, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1953-12-21 Betty Wright, US gospel/singer/TV hostess (Little Miss Broadway)
  • 1956-06-30 Ronald Winans, gospel singer (Winans)
  • 1959-06-05 Michael Winans, gospel singer (Winans)
  • 1960-11-25 Amy Grant, American gospel/rock singer (Glory of Love, Baby Baby), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1962-06-04 John P. Kee, American Gospel singer
  • 1977-02-02 Heather Martin, American gospel singer
  • 1979-11-20 Ericson Alexander Molano, Colombian gospel singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1964-07-02 Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (52) weds Sigmond Galloway

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson

Deaths in Music

  • 1908-08-13 Ira D Sankey, US evangelist/composer/singer (Gospel Hymns), dies at 67
  • 1969-09-05 Josh White, American blues, folk and gospel musician, dies at 55

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1972-01-27 Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (He Got the Whole World), dies at 60

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson
  • 1975-06-16 Don Robey, US gospel/impresario/producer, dies at 71
  • 1991-02-09 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, dies at 59
  • 1992-06-21 Thomas Whitfield, gospel vocalist, dies of heart attack at 38
  • 1994-02-02 Willie Mae Ford Smith, gospel Singer/Songwriter, dies at 89
  • 1994-07-02 Marion Williams, gospel singer, dies of diabetes at 66
  • 1994-09-22 Mattie Moss Clark, gospel Singer, dies at 69
  • 1994-11-16 Dan Smith, harmonica/gospel singer, dies at 83
  • 1994-11-16 Harvey Watkins, gospel Singer, dies at 64
  • 1995-07-27 Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter, dies at 72
  • 1995-09-21 Vernell Townsend, blues/gospel singer, dies at 64
  • 2001-07-19 Judy Clay [Guions], American soul and gospel singer, dies from complications from a car accident at 62

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2004-06-10 Ray Charles, Grammy winning crooner who blended gospel and blues, dies at 73

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles

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2006-12-25 James Brown, rhythm & blues, gospel, jazz, soul and funk singer or simply The Godfather of Soul (Genius of Love, Hot Pants) dies at 73 from heart failure

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • 2007-03-17 Roger Bennett, American Southern Gospel performer (b. 1959)
  • 2008-05-11 Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer (b. 1934)
  • 2010-07-11 Walter Hawkins, Gospel music singer
  • 2011-08-02 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (b. 1926)
  • 2015-01-08 AndraĆ© Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), dies at 72