Clarence Fountain, Founding Blind Boys Of Alabama Member, Dies At Age 88

first_imgClarence Fountain, a founding member of the long-running and culturally significant gospel outfit Blind Boys of Alabama, passed away on Sunday, June 3rd in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the age of 88, according to a statement issued by longtime Blind Boys manager Charles Driebe.Fountain was born November 28th, 1929 and grew up in a religious household in Selma, Alabama. Notes Celebrity Access, After losing his sight as a small child, Clarence Fountain was enrolled at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Deaf and Blind in Talladega, where he joined the school’s large boys choir. There, in the mid-1940’s, inspired by the weekly radio broadcasts of the Golden Gate Quartet, he and a group of his classmates decided to start their own singing group, eventually dubbed the Blind Boys.Explains the Blind Boys’ eloquent official bio:In the seven decades since the Blind Boys of Alabama first began singing together, America has witnessed a World War, the civil rights movement, and the Summer of Love; the moon landing, Vietnam, and the fall of the Berlin Wall; JFK, MLK, and Malcolm X; the invention of the jukebox, the atomic bomb, and the internet. Through it all, the Blind Boys’ music has not only endured, but thrived, helping both to define the sound of the American south and to push it forward through the 20th century and well on into the 21st. Praised by NPR as “pioneers,” the group has transcended barriers of race and genre to become one of the most acclaimed and celebrated groups in modern music. From the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, where the original members met as children, all the way to The White House – where they’ve performed for three different presidents – the band’s story is, in many ways, America’s story.The Blind Boys went on to win multiple Grammy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and an NEA National Heritage Fellowship, as well as being inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and performing at the White House. Watch Clarence Fountain sing lead with the Blind Boys on “Too Close To Heaven” from How Sweet It Was, The Sights and Sounds of Gospel’s Golden Age:The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama – “Too Close To Heaven”[Video: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music]Due to declining health, Fountain stopped touring with the band in 2007 but did contribute vocals to the Blind Boys’ latest album, Almost Home, released last year. Below, you can also listen to a fascinating NPR World Cafe interview by Fountain and his fellow founding Blind Boys member, Jimmy Carter, about their early lives and their incredible 70-year career.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[H/T Celebrity Access]last_img read more

Garage Sales for this weekend…

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of May 20-22, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (12) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Michelle · 221 weeks ago Saturday, May 21st 9am-1pm 1023 N. Washington Antiques, Collectibles, unique and unusual items. Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Michelle · 221 weeks ago Yard Sale – Saturday, May 21st – 9am-1pm 1023 N. Washington Antiques, Collectibles, Unique and Unusual items Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Suzanne · 221 weeks ago Huge Garage Sale – Saturday May 21st – 8:00 – 1:00 pm 1429 N Day Lots and lots of women’s clothing sizes 12-18 – Shoes, purses, children’s clothes, tons of toys, stuffed animals, baby swing, high chair, furniture and more. Something for everyone! Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Carl & Kathy Hubbard · 221 weeks ago Hubbard garage sale – first of several as we clean out and decluttered. This one will have mostly clothes and shoes. All items one dollar each unless marked differently. Ladies sizes 6 to 14 & XL and men’s sizes mostly XXL, some smaller. Also two dark green, wing back recliner chairs; oak table 42 inches round; high-quality wicker furniture: loveseat, chair, end table and coffee table both with glass tops. Sale is Friday, May 20, 4 to 7 PM and Saturday, May 21, 9 AM to noon. Location: 37 Western Ave. which is southwest of the Presbyterian Church. Canceled if raining due to the volume of items to put out, and will be rescheduled. Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Barbara · 221 weeks ago Indoor Sale-922 N. Olive -Wellington. Friday May 20, 8am-4pm and Sat. May 21, 8am-12. Lots of camping gear, fishing poles and reels, nets, folding chairs, tents, canopy, Coleman lanterns, tools, coolers, Budweiser items, folding table, bicycle, knee boards, new port-a-pot, camping heaters, electric BQ grill, lots of miscellaneous. Report Reply 1 reply · active 220 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ed Bauler · 221 weeks ago 16 wood pieces just right for a Chimenia or for camping–$10 4 12 week old rooster fryers –$15 call 620-399-3059 to see in the city of Wellington Report Reply 2 replies · active 221 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Andy oldridge · 221 weeks ago Yardsale everything 50 cent each. ….. 920 n c wellington. ……..may 19 & 20 8 am to 4 pm …. Thursday Friday …. come load up Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Driveway Sale · 220 weeks ago 316 W. 11th St. Friday(20) open until 7 Saturday(21) 8-noon Report Reply 0 replies · active 220 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Bill · 220 weeks ago May 26th Wednesday at 403 S. West Road Report Reply 0 replies · active 220 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more