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Rev. James Cleveland

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Dr. Charles Fold (L) and Reverend James Cleveland (R) perform in Detroit, Michigan (1970s).

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James Edward Cleveland (December 5, 1931 – February 9, 1991) was an American gospel singer, musician, and composer. Known as the King of Gospel music, Cleveland was a driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound by incorporating traditional black gospel, soul, pop, and jazz in arrangements for mass choirs. Throughout his career, Cleveland appeared on hundreds of recordings and earned 4 Grammy Awards. He was the first gospel musician to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1984.1 For his trailblazing accomplishments, he is regarded by many to be one of the greatest gospel singers that ever lived.2 He is best known for his gospel classics, "Lord, Help Me To Hold Out," "Peace Be Still," "I Don't Feel No Ways Tired", “Where Is Your Faith," "The Love Of God," "God Has Smiled On Me'" and his soul stirring rendition of Gladys Knight & The Pips "You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me."

Fact file

  • Birth name: James Edward Cleveland
  • Born: December 5, 1931Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Died: February 9, 1991 (aged 59)Culver City, California, U.S.
  • Genres: Gospel, traditional black gospel, urban contemporary gospel, soul music
  • Occupation(s): Singer, musician, composer, arranger, recording artist, performer, music minister
  • Instruments: Vocals, piano
  • Labels: Byg, Gamble and Huff, HOB, HRB Music Company, King James, Musidisc, Nashboro, Phoenix, Savoy, Sonorous, Soul Parade, States, Thunderbird, UpFront
  • Associated acts: Albertina Walker, Roberta Martin, The Caravans, The Gospel All-Stars, The Gospel Chimes, The Gospelaires, The James Cleveland Singers, Southern California Community Choir, Aretha Franklin, Gospel Music Workshop of America, The Angelic Choir, Salem Inspirational Choir, Charles Fold Singers, New Jerusalem Baptist Church Choir, Voices of Watts, The Craig Brothers, Henry Jackson, Quentella Caldwell, Marva Hines, Issac Whittmon, Sara Jordan Powell, L.A. Gospel Messengers, Debbie Austin & Unity

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Recorded in Watts, Aretha Franklin's live album 'Amazing Grace' made gospel history on two days in 1972
LA Times Entertainme, 2018-08-16 18:30:00
In early 1972, Aretha Franklin arrived at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts for a pair of performances with the backing of the Rev. James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir. Recorded by Atlantic Records engineers and documented on film by Sydney Pollack, the music...

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