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Chosen Gospel Singers

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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