Clarence 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]
Comment Nicolas Tagliafico is a man in demand (Picture: Getty Images)Real Madrid have lined up Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico as a potential replacement for the out-going Marcelo, leaving Arsenal and Newcastle unlikely to land his services.The Argentina international has been impressive at Ajax since arriving from Independiente in 2018, catching the eye of Premier League and La Liga sides.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starThe 26-year-old has 12 caps for his country and now Real Madrid are eyeing him up, according to the player’s agent.The Spanish giants are in the market for a new left-back with long-term occupant of the position, Marcelo, set to depart in the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Marcelo is off to Juventus (Picture: Getty Images)Marcelo has been at Real Madrid since 2007, making over 450 appearances for the Champions League holders.However, he looks almost certain to move to Turin in the summer as opportunities become less and less regular for him at the Santiago Bernabeu.MORE: Raheem Sterling explains why Liverpool slipped up during the Premier League title race in 2014MORE: Pedro insists Chelsea squad united after Maurizio Sarri makes example of Kepa Arrizabalaga Real Madrid are lining up Arsenal target Nicolas Tagliafico as Marcelo replacement Advertisement Phil HaighThursday 28 Feb 2019 8:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link The left-back has caught the eye in Holland (Picture: Getty Images)‘Real Madrid have Tagliafico’s name on their list, because Marcelo is off to Juventus,’ said Richard Schliper.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But no one has called me yet.’Both Arsenal and Newcastle are thought to be interested in Tagliafico’s services as well, with some reports even suggesting that the Gunners made a bid last year.The full-back is aware of the interest in him, but is concentrating on the task at hand, which involved beating the club he is being linked with.‘Before I came to Ajax, we talked about the possibility of La Liga because it is a league I like and a very competitive one‘I don’t know what will happen in the future. At the moment, I’m focused on trying to eliminate Real Madrid in the Champions League and continue fighting in the Dutch league to catch PSV.’ Advertisement
Footballers can’t gamble on their own sport whatsoever.The one-time England midfielder’s requested a personal hearing.It’s not known how severe his punishment will be, but he could face a lengthy suspension.