Black History Spotlight
The Dixieaires was a group that was able to merge the 40’s and 50’s doo-wop style with gospel. To really appreciate the history of this group, you would need to begin with a refection of a singer named Julius Caleb Ginyard. Ginyard was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina in 1910. He initially sang with a group called The Royal Harmony Singers. The group would change their name to The Jubalaires. Eventually, Mr. Ginyard ended up in New York City. And, although he sang R&BThere he organized the group The Dixieaires. The original members were Ginyard, Joe Floyd, Jimmy Smith, Thomas Hines, and Abe Green.
Ginyard would go on to sing R&B with The Du Droppers. Singing R&B was not new to Mr. Ginyard. For, The Dixieaires actually sang secular as well as gospel songs. Ginyard eventually became a member of the legendary Golden Gate Quartet. Ginyard was an accomplished singer and songwriter.
Some of the recordings by The Dixieaires were “Go Long” on Gotham 163-A released in 1948, “Your Red Wagon” on Continental 1227-A released in 1948, and “. “Joe Louis Is a Fightin’ Man
The group’s song “Jesus Gave Me Water” was used in the intro for the movie Family. As well as their song “Friends, Let Me Tell You About Jesus.”
Back to Ginyard. Once he joined the Golden Gates Quartet, he would record and tour with them until his health began to hinder his abilities. However, he would, from time to time, perform as a soloist. He died on August 11, 1978.