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Chosen Gospel Singers

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Despite notching some hits between your early 1950s and early ’60s, the Particular Gospel Performers remain probably one of the most elusive sets of gospel’s golden period — suffering from constant lineup adjustments, the ensemble’s proper background remains sketchy at best, and also the precise involvement of the most well-known alumnus, Lou Rawls, is something of the secret. It’s known the Particular Gospel Singers had been created in Houston in 1950, and originally contains J.B. Randall, Aaron Wyatt, Willie Rose, and two shadowy numbers later on recalled by their surnames of “Sheridan” and “Documents”. Within the suggestions of supervisor Joe Johnson, himself a founding person in the Pilgrim Travelers, the group quickly relocated to LA; upon arriving within the Western Coast, the to begin countless roster fluctuations struck, and in apparently virtually no time, Randall was the only real surviving initial member. Tenors E.J. Brumfield, George Butler, and Fred Sims, furthermore to baritone Oscar Make, were quickly recruited to flesh out the Particular lineup, and in November 1952 this quintet produced their 1st recordings for the Niche label, yielding the strike solitary “One-Two-Three.” (Ted Taylor, later on a soul vocalist of some renown, was also briefly an associate in this same period, although he didn’t show up on record.) The continuous personnel shifts have already been attributed in huge part towards the group’s position being a semi-professional business — the Chosen’s grueling weekend touring schedules performed havoc with the average person members’ day careers, and for most, the frustrations of continuous firings ultimately finished in rejecting music and only finding steady function. Additionally, many acquired family members commitments which produced touring beyond the Western world Coast impossible. Once the Particular went back in to the studio room in middle-1953, just Randall continued to be from the prior incarnation; his brand-new collaborators included low tenors John Evans, J.T. “Rattler” Ratley, and Preston Whitted, and baritone Sam Thomas. Throughout a following tour stay in Chicago, they recruited 17-year-old business lead vocalist Lou Rawls, currently a gospel veteran through his use the Teenage Kings of Tranquility, the Holy Miracles, as well as the Highway QC’s. In Feb 1954, Rawls produced his initial recordings being a Particular Gospel Vocalist; another session implemented just 8 weeks later, however in the interim, both Evans and Ratley evidently exited the rates. Also eliminated was Randall, the only real remaining connect to the group’s roots; he was changed by Raeford Blair. There’s some proof that E.J. Booker, afterwards from the Pilgrim Travelers, was also within the group as of this juncture, although various other accounts deny this kind of claim. Rawls became a member of the Army before the Chosen’s last Specialty session, documented in early 1955; he was changed by Brooklyn indigenous Bob Crutcher for the studio room date, which produced the strike “Prayer for the Doomed.” Afterwards that calendar year, the Particular signed using the Nashboro label; Crutcher continued to be in the business lead slot machine, with Tommy Ellison from the Harmonizing Four quickly joining him in the helm. Rawls resurfaced on the fourth Nashboro solitary, “Walk beside me,” which might or might not have been 1st cut ahead of his armed service tenure; both Sims and Brumfield certainly returned to actions, however, using the second option fronting the ultimate incarnation from the Particular, a lineup which also included the users of the Tyler, TX quartet led by vocalist Willie Neal Johnson referred to as the Gospel Keynotes. When Brumfield stop immediately after, he handed the reins to Johnson, who restored the name towards the Gospel Keynotes, getting the Chosen’s convoluted tale to some close.

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Music Songs Prayer for the Doomed, No Room in the Hotel, It's Getting Late In The Evening, Ananais, I'm Going Back With Him, What A Wonderful Sight, Don't You Know The Man?, The Lifeboat Is Coming, Before This Time Another Year, Leaning On The Lord, The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow, Stay With Me Jesus, Watch Ye Therefore, Family Prayer, When I Get Home, On The Main Line, Don't Worry About Me, Come By Here, One-Two-Three, Trouble of This World’s Condition, Let Your Life Speak Out, Walk With Me, Lord Shine on Me, I've Tried
Albums The Lifeboat


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The Confirmation 2016 Bartender Al
The Wrong Girl 2015 TV Movie Dean
Once Upon a Time 2011-2015 TV Series Bishop
iZombie 2015 TV Series Patron #2
Gracepoint 2014 TV Mini-Series Reporter #3
The Memory Book 2014 TV Movie Older Man
Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story 2013 TV Movie Town People #2
Red Widow 2013 TV Series Principal
Rags 2012 TV Movie Bernie
Psych 2012 TV Series Lou Gamble
Spooky Buddies 2011 Video Large Man #1
Bringing Ashley Home 2011 TV Movie Dr. Stephen Clark
V 2011 TV Series Preacher
Supernatural 2005-2010 TV Series Darrell Birch / Officer Daniel Gunderson
Ramona and Beezus 2010 Mr. Cardoza
Fringe 2010 TV Series Dead Singer / Corpse #1
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 2010 Parthenon Janitor
Love Happens 2009 Don
Harper's Island 2009 TV Series Cab Driver
Personal Effects 2009 Reverend
Gym Teacher: The Movie 2008 TV Movie Mr. Chesterfield
Mrs. Wetherby's Treasure 2007 Video short Host
Blood Ties 2007 TV Series Papa Samedi
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes' 2006 TV Movie Johnny Cochran
Saved 2006 TV Series Super
Like Mike 2: Streetball 2006 Video Hotel Guest
Masters of Horror 2006 TV Series Bus Driver
Smallville 2005 TV Series Principal
The L Word 2005 TV Series Gospel Choir
Criminal Intent 2005 TV Movie Judge Greenwood
Def Jam Fight for NY 2004 Video Game Stingray (voice)
Intern Academy 2004 Joe Younger
On the Corner 2003 Car John
Def Jam Vendetta 2003 Video Game Additional Voices (voice)
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction 2002 TV Series Albert Duval
Wolf Lake 2001 TV Series Sheriff Truesdale
Seven Days 2000-2001 TV Series Lieutenant Colonel / Raymond
Mysterious Ways 2000 TV Series Minister
The Outer Limits 1999 TV Series Security Guard
Millennium 1999 TV Series Train Conductor
The Ex 1997 Kenyons Doorman
Profile for Murder 1996 John Hartley
Bordello of Blood 1996 Gospel Singer
Urban Safari 1996 Albert
Kidz in the Wood 1996 TV Movie Foster Father
Sliders 1995 TV Series Maurice Fish
Circumstances Unknown 1995 TV Movie Bob Warner
The Commish 1992-1994 TV Series Storeowner / First Speaker
Crackerjack 1994 Lt. Jackson
Beyond Obsession 1994 TV Movie Jury Foreman
Madison 1994 TV Series Mr. Henderson
The X-Files 1993 TV Series Cop
Neon Rider 1992 TV Series

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Fringe 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode

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Finder's Fee 2001 stand-in

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Once Upon a Time 2013-2016 TV Series Bishop
Once Upon a Time: Secrets of Storybrooke 2015 TV Movie Bishop (uncredited)

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