Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi

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The Blind Boys of Mississippi are an extraordinary grouping of blind singers, most of which originate from the Magnolia state. Initially called "The Jackson Harmoneers", they fronted the high pitched screams of Archie Brownlee (October 25, 1925 - February 8, 1960). Other original members include Lloyd Woodard, Lawrence Abrams, Joseph Ford, Jesse Brown, and Isaiah Patterson. When Brownlee graduated high school, Brown and Patterson had dropped put the group, but the rest of them decided to tour professionally.

They recruited Melvin Henderson as their second lead and 'eyes'. Henderson used his connections to get them booked in Chicago for a few concerts, here Archie was mesmerized by the work of R.H. Harris. Even to the point of imitation. When the group got back to Jackson, Henderson quit and Percell Perkins took his place. Perkins' first act of business was to get a recording deal with Excelsior. They recorded eight sides there, none of which reached the potential they held.

The following year they recorded with Coleman records in 1948. There they recorded "Never Turn Back" and "When God Dips His Pen", and the single did exceptionally well, and "Must Be A God Somewhere" also drew attention. In 1950 they signed to Peacock, in September of that year recorded "Our Father", which eventually sold a million copies, earning the Blind Boys a gold disc.

Over the next five years they saw great chart toppers such as "Old Ship Of Zion" and "Save A Seat For Me". In 1956, they signed on with Vee Jay Records. The Vee Jay years (1956 - 1958) marked the end of gospel's golden age, yet the pennical of the Blind Boys success with "I Never Heard A Man" and "Leave You In The Hands Of The Lord". In 1959, they returned to Peacock and recorded about 8 tracks before breeching contract and cutting a single for Marathon Records. This single would prove to be Archie Brownlee's final recordings before dying of pneumonia at age 34.

Luckily, Brownlee handpicked Roscoe Robinson to fill his position. They laid two songs to wax before releasing an album for Checker in 1961. The next two years Roscoe led treasures of gospel like "Sending Up My Timber" and "Tide Of Life". In 1963, after seeing the dawn of the breeched contract scandal, Robinson split and recorded a single for Constellation with Lawrence Abrams and the Blind Boys of Ohio.

"Big" Henry Johnson filled Roscoe's shoes and quickly recorded the album, 'Father I Stretch My Hands To Thee'. Despite this rousing release, the Blind Boys broke up in early 1965 after a history making European tour. The Blind Boys came back together around Sandy Foster in 1973. Ever since they've recorded countless albums and singles including "Could've Been Me" and "Going On With Jesus". They have thoroughly kept the Blind Boys tradition alive and breathing.
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Albums

VJLP 5004 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - The Original Five Blind Boys album art Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi The Original Five Blind Boys (Album, Comp) Vee Jay Records VJLP 5004 US 1959 Sell This Version
PLP 102 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - Precious Memories album art The Original Five Blind Boys* Precious Memories (Album) Peacock Records PLP 102 US 1960 Sell This Version
LP 10003 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - I'll Go album art Original 5 Blind Boys Of Mississippi* I'll Go (Album) Checker LP 10003 US 1961 Sell This Version
LAE-P 596 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - Father I Stretch My Hand To Thee album art Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Father I Stretch My Hand To Thee (Album) Peacock Records LAE-P 596 UK 1964 Sell This Version
PLP-59212 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - There's A God Somewhere album art The Five Blind Boys* There's A God Somewhere (Album) ABC Peacock PLP-59212 US 1974 Sell This Version
PLP-195 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - My Desire album art Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi My Desire (Album) ABC Peacock PLP-195 US 1974 Sell This Version
BGS-1074 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - Another Direction album art Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Another Direction (Album) Beegee Records BGS-1074 US 1976 Sell This Version
LPS 0126 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - Meet The Blind Boys album art The Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi* Meet The Blind Boys (Album) Jewel Records (3) LPS 0126 US 1977 Sell This Version
ULS-1884-JY The Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi* The Original Five Blind Boys (Album) Vee Jay Records ULS-1884-JY US 1978 Sell This Version
JEWEL LPS 0155, LPS 0155 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - The Tide Of Life album art The Blind Boys Of Mississippi* The Tide Of Life (Album) Jewel Records (3), Jewel Records (3) JEWEL LPS 0155, LPS 0155 US 1979 Sell This Version
VJSP-2-MW5004 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - Gospel Gold - Collector's Edition album art The Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi*, Archie Brownlee The Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi*, Archie Brownlee - Gospel Gold - Collector's Edition (Album, Comp) Vee Jay Records VJSP-2-MW5004 US 1981 Sell This Version
MCA-28121 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - I've Been Born Again album art Five Blind Boys* I've Been Born Again(LP, Album) MCA Records MCA-28121 US 1983 Sell This Version
MCAD 22047 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - Best Of The Blind Boys Vol. 2 album art The Blind Boys* Best Of The Blind Boys Vol. 2 (Comp, Album) MCA Records MCAD 22047 US 1991 Sell This Version
LPS 0161 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - I'll Make It Alright album art The Original Blind Boys Of Mississippi* Featuring Sandy Foster The Original Blind Boys Of Mississippi* Featuring Sandy Foster - I'll Make It Alright (Album) Jewel Records (3) LPS 0161 US 1981 Sell This Version
MUSA 502 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - In Concert album art The Original 5 Blind Boys Of Mississippi* In Concert(CD, Album) Munich Records America MUSA 502 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
SCH-201 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - The Kings Of Gospel Music album art The Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi* The Kings Of Gospel Music(CD) Schubert Records SCH-201 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
MEL-2289 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - Not Gonna Shut Up album art The Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi* Not Gonna Shut Up(CD, Album) Melendo Records MEL-2289 US 2003 Sell This Version
VJLP 5004 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi The Original Five Blind Boys(LP, Album) Vee Jay Records VJLP 5004 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

5971 Percell Perkins And The Five Blind Boys* Percell Perkins And The Five Blind Boys* - I Want To Dig A Little Deeper/ I Want To Rest(Shellac, 10") Coleman Records 5971 US 1948 Sell This Version
1550 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - Our Father (Which Art In Heaven) / Move In The Room With The Lord album art Five Blind Boys "Jackson Harmoneers"* Our Father (Which Art In Heaven) / Move In The Room With The Lord (Single) Peacock Records 1550 US 1950 Sell This Version
1551 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - He's My Rock / I've Got A Right album art Five Blind Boys* He's My Rock / I've Got A Right (Single) Peacock Records 1551 US 1950 Sell This Version
1536 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - Amazing Grace / Jesus Gave Me Water album art Original Five Blind Boys* , lead by Archie Brownlee Original Five Blind Boys* , lead by Archie Brownlee - Amazing Grace / Jesus Gave Me Water(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1536 US 1950 Sell This Version
1552 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - Old Ship Of Zion / In This World Alone album art Original Five Blind Boys* Old Ship Of Zion / In This World Alone Peacock Records 1552 US 1951 Sell This Version
1553 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - World Prayer / How Far Am I From Canaan album art Original Five Blind Boys* World Prayer / How Far Am I From Canaan Peacock Records 1553 US 1951 Sell This Version
1580 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - Coming Home / Mother Don't Worry album art Original Five Blind Boys* Coming Home / Mother Don't Worry(Shellac, 10") Peacock Records 1580 US 1951 Sell This Version