Archive for the ‘Life Status (Births & Obituaries)’ Category

Tommy Couch, Jr. Succeeds Father As President of Malaco Music Group

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Tommy Couch MARSMalaco Music Group announced today the election of Thomas J. Couch, Jr. (pictured first on the left) as President and CEO. Couch Jr. succeeds his father, Tommy Couch, Sr. who co founded Malaco Records in the late 60s. Malaco made huge strides into gospel by signing the Jackson Southernaires in 1975 followed by the acquisition of Savoy Records in the 80s and Atlanta International Records in 2005. Today, the Malaco roster includes Luther Barnes, Maurette Brown Clark, Mississippi Mass Choir, Georgia Mass Choir and Jekalyn Carr.

Couch, Sr. had this to say on his son’s election: “Tommy was instrumental and took the lead in several of our acquisitions throughout the years with the most important being the purchase of 50% interest in Select-O-Hits, the premier independent record distributor located in Memphis, TN. In this ever- changing and challenging Music Business, Tommy has the leadership, experience and vision to carry Malaco forward.”

Gala Honoring Dr. Edwin Hawkins August 10th

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Mark your calendars for August 10th as people will gather from the four corners of the world to honor Dr. Edwin Hawkins for 50 years in Gospel Music.  Hawkins is wEdwin Hawkins STDidely regarded as an architect of the contemporary Gospel sound and his arrangement of the standard Oh Happy Day remains one of the world’s best loved gospel songs.  A star studded gala is being planned  in the city of Oakland, CA with participation from a venerable list of who’s who in Gospel including Richard Smallwood, Tramaine Hawkins, Daryl Coley, Chrystal Rucker, Dr. Teresa Hairston and others.

Funeral Arrangements for Cleotha Staples

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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Arrangements have been made for the services celebrating the life of Cleotha Staples (pictured on the left), founding member of the Staple Singers.  Viewing takes place Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 6:00 PM at Leak & Sons Funeral Home, 7838 South Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619. The funeral services will be held on Friday March 1, 2013 @ 10:00 AM at Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W 95th Street, Chicago, IL 60628. The burial will follow immediately at Oakwood Cemetery, 1035 E 67th Street, Chicago, IL 60680. Ms. Staples will be buried in the Staples family plot alongside her father, Roebuck “Pops” Staples; her mother, Oceola Staples; and her sister, Cynthia Staples

Staple Singers’ Cleotha Staples Passes

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

GOSPELflava receiveStaplesd word of the passing of Cleotha Staples, founding member of the the legendary Staple Singers at the age of 78 in Chicago following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Songwriter Vernon Chappel Passes

Monday, January 28th, 2013

ChappelGOSPELflava was made aware of the passing of gospel singer, songwriter and musician Elder Vernon Chappel on Sunday, January 27th.  Chappel’s composition, Praise Jehovah was a huge hit for Evangelist Beverly Crawford on her debut solo CD, Jesus Precious King. Other compositions were recorded by Joe Pace, Evangelist Dorothy Norwood and the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Mass Choir.  Chappel released a number of solo projects independently.

A resident of North Carolina, Chappell served for several years as Music Pastor for the River Church in Durham. Funeral services are pending.

Heaven Rejoices: Ethel G. Shannon Makes Her Transition

Friday, January 25th, 2013

 

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Pastor John P. Kee’s beloved grandmother has made her transition. But Kee says “Heaven is rejoicing, the angels are singing and they saints are welcoming her home.” Mrs. Shannon’s voice can be heard on various VIP Recording projects and most recently on the Legacy Project released by Kee in 2012.  Though she departed this life at exactly 8pm tonight, Kee says he and his family are preparing for a celebration. “She was a woman of wisdom and a woman of strength that literally raised all sixteen of us. When we really understand that in transition we are better off. It’s okay to cry and deal with the human side. My physical man wanted to be sad but I promise you I could not find that emotion. We know that we are not to live forever, but are on loan to fulfill the promise.”

Celebration services for Charlotte, NC and Durham, NC are pending and will be announced at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor – 3137 Fayetteville Street – Durham, NC 27707 – 919-682-3276

We are praying with the Kee family and celebrate the life and legacy of Mrs. Ethel G. Shannon. 

Gospel Songwriter Elder George Jordan Passes

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

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GOSPELflava and the Gospel Community is saddened with news of the passing of renowned  musician, singer and songwriter Elder George Jordan of Chicago, Illinois.

A native of Detroit Michigan, Jordan moved to Chicago in 1960 and accepted the position of Minister of Music for the Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Maceo Woods.  He would go on to lead the famed Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir for more than 40 years. (more…)

Frances McClurkin, Mother of Donnie McClurkin Passes

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Pastor Donnie McClurkinGospelflava joins others across the world praying for Donnie McClurkin, sisters Andrea , Cheri, Tanya and the entire McClurkin family as Donnie posted news this morning via Twitter of the passing of his mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time.

Shirley Caesar Eulogizes Inez Andrews

Monday, December 31st, 2012

David Spearman courtesy of DV and Associates shared this clip of Pastor Shirley Caesar having remarks at the funeral celebration of Inez Andrews.

Pastor Barbara Best Passes

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

 

Pastor Barbara Best of the BL and S Singers has passed away.  With her gift acknowledged early on, she appeared before large audiences at the early age of 10 .  Barbara Best sang with several groups around the Washington, DC area before organizing  Barbara Best and the Deliverance Singers in 1966.  It was from this group that BL and S was birthed (representative of the first initials of Barbara Best, Lois Tillery and Sylvia Wayman).

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