Entries tagged with “Mississippi”.


Percy E. Griffin, Sr.

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Percy Griffin, Lead Singer of the Legendary Swanee Quintet

It is with heavy hearts that the Malaco Music Group announces the passing of Mr. Percy Griffin. Percy was the lead singer of the Swanee Quintet for 50 years. While with the Swanees, Percy recorded a number of chart topping songs, which included; “Ups and Downs”, “The Lord Will Provide”, “Dr. Jesus” and “Eternal Life.” He will definitely be missed by his family, friends, fans and The Swanee Quintet.

Darrell Luster (Director of The Malaco Music Group) states, “Percy and the Swanees were signed to our Atlanta International Record Label and has more recently appeared on the project, “The Legends Of Quartet.” “It was a joy working closely with Percy and he was a dear friend.”

Additional Information:
Malaco Music Group
PO Box 9287
Jackson, MS 39286
601 982 4522
www.malaco.com


Arrangements:

Homegoing Services
Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 12:00 PM
The United House Of Prayer For All People
1269 Wrightsboro Road
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 722-4691

Guestbook

In Charge Of Arrangements
Elliott Sons Funeral Home
2524 Lumpkin Road
Augusta, GA 30906
(706) 793-0123

ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS RECORDING ARTIST REV. GERALD THOMPSON PASSES

Atlanta International Records recording artist Rev. Gerald Thompson passes

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS ANNOUNCED

The Malaco Music Group regrets to announce the passing of Atlanta International Records (AIR Gospel) recording artist Rev. Gerald Thompson.

Rev. Gerald Thompson has without a doubt, emerged as one of America’s most premier Gospel personalities. Indeed Rev. Gerald Thompson is not only a gifted singer/songwriter, musician, arranger and producer, he is also, and most importantly an anointed preacher and minister of the Gospel. Rev. Gerald Thompson is recognized and respected for his unique songwriting ability. His anointed songs have crossed the borders of all 50 states and abroad catapulting him to a place in Gospel music that spans decades. He has written, arranged and recorded such musical renditions as “Everybody Ought To Know Who Jesus Is,” “Your Deliverance Is In The Praise,” “Hallelujah I Found Him, ” and his Billboard charted hit “Jesus Is My Rock.” Respected for his unique style, talent and ability, Rev. Gerald Thompson has been summoned by some of Gospel music’s icons to lend his writing and producing skills on their individual projects.

A few of the artists he has had the distinct pleasure of working with include..,
The Legendary Swanee Quintet
The Lumzy Sisters
Tommy Ellison And The Singing Stars
Sister Lucille Pope And The Pearly Gates
Rev.Timothy Wright
Rev. James Moore
The Arkansas Fellowship Mass Choir
The Oklahoma Fellowship Mass Choir
The Tennessee Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship
Rev.Timothy Flemming And The Mt. Carmel Mass Choir
Velmer Watkins And The Angelic Community Choir
Rev. Jerry Black And The Greater Paradise Baptist Church
And many other national personalities too numerous to name.

Rev. Gerald Thompson has also co-produced four-time stellar award winner, Dottie Peoples on her “Live At Salem” and “On Time God” recorded project. He is also the writer and arranger of the popular hit song, “God Is A Good God” as recorded by Bishop Paul S. Morton and the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Mass Choir, which is continuously receiving phenomenal success. Rev. Gerald Thompson has also experienced some personal success recording 6 releases on the Atlanta International Record label entitled..,

Let the Church Say Amen
Let the Church Say Amen Again
Live in Chicago
Deliverance In The Praise
Everybody Ought To Know Who Jesus Is
I Can’t Stop Now

As exemplified through the power of his ministry, Rev. Gerald Thompson is truly a man on a mission dedicated to proclaiming and promoting the Kingdom of God. He has a unique passion for serving and encouraging God’s people. He continuously uses every one of his gifts and talents to build up and strengthen the body of Christ. Rev. Gerald Thompson is the founder and president of Gerald Thompson Ministries, Inc., and the Gee Tee Gospel music/record company. He also served as the Pastor of the Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church in Lamar, Mississippi where the motto is “You can always experience God’s Grace at Greenwood!” Rev. Gerald Thompson was blessed and happily married to his best friend, partner and wife Mrs. Vicki Renee Thompson.

He will be greatly missed!

The Arrangements are as follows:

Thursday, May 30th at 11.00 am at
Greater Second Baptist Church
516 Geyer Springs Road
Little Rock, AR

Flowers should be sent to:
Robinson Mortuary
1201 Dr. Martin L King Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

Phone 501-371-0111

Cards should be mailed to
Family of Pastor Gerald Thompson
P.O. Box 165818
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202



As repoted by MALACO MUSIC GROUP

Mrs. Henry Thomas-Harrison

It came to our attention that one of the most dedicated solider of this genre died last month. We knew she had been “a little under the weather” as she would say, but had no idea of the seriousness of her illness. But, that sums up the personality of Mrs. Henry Thomas-Harrison. She would not want anyone to be concern about her well-being. For, her concern was about this genre and the ladies and gentlemen that delivered the Word in song.

Our dear sister transitioned home on August 31, 2012. She leaves a legacy that embodies the love that she had for this genre. In her own words –

I am Ms. Henry Thomas-Harrison. I grew up in the heart of the Mississippi Delta; in Sunflower County.(My parents came to the Delta from the Meridian and Philadelphia areas of Mississippi) Chicago (The Windy City) is now my home away from home. I invite you to visit my quartet website at ..www.downhomegospel.com or try going to www.chicagogag.com and click on quartet news and reviews. I do not claim to officially represent the Chicago quartet groups in any capacity, but I appreciate them and support the many talented quartet groups here in Chicago and around the world. I grew up in the Mississippi Delta; so hearing good gospel, blues,and country western singing, good guitar and harmonica playing is not new to me, but I am very excited about what is happening here in Chicago every week, just knowing that the music is still alive and as strong as ever!!! Chicago: called The Mecca of Gospel Music by many around the world lives up to that name every weekend with the many talented gospel quartet groups that appear at the various gospel concerts around Chicago and the entire Midwest area each Sunday and also it’s many gospel choirs, soloist,contemporary gospel artist and the many others who bring joy to our hearts every week. Most of the African American gospel quartets in Chicago are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those who came to Chicago during the Black migration from the South, who came ‘up north’ to find work in the steel mills,the stock yards, the large catalog houses like Sears, Spiegels, and Aldens, Plus many other businesses that needed workers. These Blacks from the plantations brought with them their Soulful Delta gospel and blues singing, and their southern plantation style of playing ‘down home blues’ and ‘down home’ gospel guitar. In the Mississippi Delta every house (or shack) – no matter how poor, had a guitar, a harmonica and a few shotguns,I am not ashamed of the fact that I grew up on Jimmy Reed, corn bread, collard greens and blackeyed peas:) The Black Gospel Quartets in those days could be heard in the fields, on the porches after dark at night and of course on Sunday evenings at the country churches. Folks on the plantations would walk for miles sometimes to get to the programs. On Sunday mornings the quartet groups would purchase time at the radio stations and most of us on the plantations would wake up on Sunday mornings listening to the quartet singers on the radio. These groups would often sing live in the studio. Most everyone had large families on the plantations and it seems that every extended family had one of two quartet groups, and every “Colored” Baptist church seemed to have at least one or two quartet groups. Gospel Quartet and Blues on the plantation was a way of expressing The Sorrow,The Hope, The Joy and every emotion from deep inside that needed to be expressed. – REAL SOUL MUSIC!!

When the next book on Gospel Music is written, there has to be a chapter dedicated to those like Mrs. Henry Thomas-Harrison, who have done so much to keep this music before the public.