Norfleet Brothers

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Norfleet Brothers
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The Norfleet Brothers were best known as the headlining act of Chicago’s "Jubilee Showcase," a gospel television program that showcased the best talent in gospel music that included The Staple Singers, Willie Dixon and The Soul Stirrers to name a few. Jubilee Showcase aired on WLS-TV CH.7 from 1963 to 1984. The Norfleet Brothers won many awards and the group was honored with a Stellar Award.
Junious Norfleet (bottom row, far right in photo) was the youngest of fifteen children. The Norfleet Brothers began singing on the family farm in Marion, AL. At first it was just two brothers (Peter and Arthur), but three other brothers soon joined. They could have formed a double-quintet with five additional female voices, as there were 15 Norfleet siblings on the farm (ten boys and five girls). World War II caused a forced hiatus when the older brothers were drafted, splitting up the group, though the individual brothers kept sharp by singing with other groups.

The brothers finished their duty by 1946 and regrouped to burn rubber all over the South and the Midwest. They soon settled in Chicago, IL, to take advantage of better jobs and opportunities for African-Americans. They still toured the gospel circuit, but made the Christ Temple Baptist Church their religious base. Despite all the siblings, the Norfleet Brothers weren't entirely family; Willie Wilson sung with them for a while and bass singer George Taylor was a long time member. After leaving the group, Wilson spearheaded a weekly television show in Chicago, the Jubilee Showcase, which featured the Norfleet Brothers and other local and national gospel acts. The television show was filmed in the showroom of a Pontiac dealership owned by the host of the show Mr. Scott; other acts included the Heavenly Sunbeams (the Emotions), a young Chaka Khan, and the Edwin Hawkins Singers. The singing brothers also appeared on two radio programs every Sunday and were in constant demand for appearances.

The popular group recorded their first of three albums, Shadrach, in 1964 on Checker Records, the 12-song LP featured their popular rendition of "Shadrach," their beautiful arrangement of "None But the Righteous," and an original composition "Live the Life."
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Albums

Norfleet Brothers - Shadrach album art Norfleet Brothers Shadrach (Album) Checker US 1964 Sell This Version
Norfleet Brothers - What A Friend album art Norfleet Brothers What A Friend (Album) Whirl Hill US 1969 Sell This Version
Norfleet Brothers - Through It All album art The Norfleet Brothers* Through It All (Album) Nation Records (4) US 1977 Sell This Version
TPS-111418 Norfleet Brothers - The Little Wooden Church album art Norfleet Brothers The Little Wooden Church(LP, Album) Siest Stars Records, Inc. TPS-111418 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

101 Norfleet Brothers - Mean Old World / I Got Jesus On My Mind album art Norfleet Brothers Mean Old World / I Got Jesus On My Mind(7", Single) Divine Grace 101 US 1961 Sell This Version
1319 Norfleet Brothers - Draw Me Nearer / Standing On The Highway album art Norfleet Brothers Draw Me Nearer / Standing On The Highway(7", Single) Bandera 1319 US 1961 Sell This Version
Z1010 Norfleet Brothers - Run On / I John album art Norfleet Brothers Run On / I John(7", Single) Zodiac Records Z1010 US 1968 Sell This Version
NQD-11634 Norfleet Brothers - Don't Get Hung On The "Hang-Ups" album art The Norfleet Brothers* Don't Get Hung On The "Hang-Ups"(Cass, Single) GTP Records (2) NQD-11634 US 1993 Sell This Version
701 Norfleet Brothers - Marching For Freedom / We All Praise Him album art Norfleet Brothers Marching For Freedom / We All Praise Him(7", Single) Von-Trice Records 701 US Unknown Sell This Version
1054 Norfleet Brothers Jesus Is My Friend(7", Single) Emase Records 1054 US Unknown Sell This Version
1032 Norfleet Brothers - Brotherhood / Born Too Late album art Art Norfleet* & The Norfleet Bros.* Art Norfleet* & The Norfleet Bros.* - Brotherhood / Born Too Late(7", Single) Brave Records (5) 1032 US Unknown Sell This Version
2703 Norfleet Brothers - The Story Of Martin Luther King album art The Norfleet Brothers* The Story Of Martin Luther King(7") Rush Records (8) 2703 US Unknown Sell This Version
7858 Norfleet Brothers - Wade In The Water / What A Friend album art Norfleet Brothers Wade In The Water / What A Friend(7", Single) Nation Records (4) 7858 US Unknown Sell This Version
EP 701 Norfleet Brothers Jonah(7", EP) Jerico Road EP 701 US Unknown Sell This Version
T-T-753 Norfleet Brothers - Soul Heaven / Run On album art Norfleet Brothers Soul Heaven / Run On(7", Single) Twin Town T-T-753 US Unknown Sell This Version
7857 Norfleet Brothers - I Was Tired / How Great Thou Are album art Norfleet Brothers I Was Tired / How Great Thou Are(7", Single) Nation Records (4) 7857 US Unknown Sell This Version

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