Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi

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. 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 became memorized 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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Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Discography

Albums

Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi The Original Five Blind Boys (Album) Vee Jay Records US 1959 Sell This Version
The Original Five Blind Boys* Precious Memories (Album) Peacock Records US 1960 Sell This Version
Original 5 Blind Boys Of Mississippi* I'll Go (Album) Checker US 1961 Sell This Version
Original Five Blind Boys, The* Father I Stretch My Hand To Thee (Album) Peacock Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Archie Brownlee With Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Archie Brownlee With Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - In Memoriam: Waiting At The River (Comp) Vee Jay Records US 1965 Sell This Version
The Five Blind Boys* There's A God Somewhere (Album) ABC Peacock US 1974 Sell This Version
Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi My Desire ABC Peacock US 1974 Sell This Version
Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Another Direction Beegee Records US 1976 Sell This Version
LPs 0126 Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi, The* Meet The Blind Boys(LP, Album) Jewel Records (3) LPs 0126 US 1977 Sell This Version
The Blind Boys Of Mississippi* The Tide Of Life Jewel Records (3), Jewel Records (3) US 1979 Sell This Version
VJSP-2-MW5004 The Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi*, Archie Brownlee The Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi*, Archie Brownlee - Gospel Gold - Collector's Edition(12", Album) Vee Jay Records VJSP-2-MW5004 US 1981 Sell This Version
28121 Five Blind Boys* I've Been Born Again(LP, Album) MCA Records 28121 US 1983 Sell This Version
The Blind Boys* Best Of The Blind Boys Vol. 2 (Comp, Album) MCA Records US 1991 Sell This Version
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) US 1981 Sell This Version
SCH-201 The Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi* The Kings Of Gospel Music(CD) Schubert Records SCH-201 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
MEL-2289 The Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi* Not Gonna Shut Up(CD, Album) Melendo Records MEL-2289 US 2003 Sell This Version
62592 Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Spirituals and Gospel Songs(LP, Album) CBS 62592 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
688 503 ZL Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Spiritual Gospel Folk-Blues(LP) Fontana 688 503 ZL Germany Unknown Sell This Version
EX-59 The Original Five Blind Boys* The 5 Blind Boys(LP, Album) Exodus Records (4) EX-59 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

OR-185 Jackson Harmoneers (Sensational Blind Singers)* John Saw The Number / Lord, I Tried(Shellac, 10", Single) Excelsior Records OR-185 US 1947 Sell This Version
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
Five Blind Boys "Jackson Harmoneers"* Our Father (Which Art In Heaven) / Move In The Room With The Lord (Single) Peacock Records US 1950 Sell This Version
Original Five Blind Boys* He's My Rock / I've Got A Right (Single) Peacock Records US 1950 Sell This Version
Original Five Blind Boys* World Prayer / How Far Am I From Canaan (Single) Peacock Records US 1951 Sell This Version
Original Five Blind Boys* Old Ship Of Zion / In This World Alone (Single) Peacock Records US 1951 Sell This Version