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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VJLP 5004 The Original Five Blind Boys — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi The Original Five Blind Boys (Album, Comp) Vee Jay Records VJLP 5004 US 1959 Sell This Version
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PLP 102 Precious Memories — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi The Original Five Blind Boys* Precious Memories (Album) Peacock Records PLP 102 US 1960 Sell This Version
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LP 10003 I'll Go — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Original 5 Blind Boys Of Mississippi* I'll Go (Album) Checker LP 10003 US 1961 Sell This Version
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LAE-P 596 Father I Stretch My Hand To Thee — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Father I Stretch My Hand To Thee (Album) Peacock Records LAE-P 596 UK 1964 Sell This Version
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PLP-188 Best Of The Blind Boys Vol. 2 — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi The Blind Boys* Best Of The Blind Boys Vol. 2 (Comp, Album) MCA Records PLP-188 US 1973 Sell This Version
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PLP-59212 There's A God Somewhere — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi The Five Blind Boys* There's A God Somewhere (Album) ABC Peacock PLP-59212 US 1974 Sell This Version
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PLP-195 My Desire — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi My Desire (Album) ABC Peacock PLP-195 US 1974 Sell This Version
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BGS-1074 Another Direction — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Another Direction (Album) Beegee Records BGS-1074 US 1976 Sell This Version
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LPS 0126 Meet The Blind Boys — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi The Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi* Meet The Blind Boys (Album) Jewel Records (3) LPS 0126 US 1977 Sell This Version
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ULS-1884-JY The Original Five Blind Boys — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi The Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi* The Original Five Blind Boys (Album) Vee Jay Records ULS-1884-JY Japan 1978 Sell This Version
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JEWEL LPS 0155, LPS 0155 The Tide Of Life — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi 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
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VJSP-2-MW5004 Gospel Gold - Collector's Edition — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi 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
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MCA-28121 I've Been Born Again — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Five Blind Boys* I've Been Born Again(LP, Album) MCA Records MCA-28121 US 1983 Sell This Version
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LPS 0161 I'll Make It Alright — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi 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
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MUSA 502 In Concert — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi The Original 5 Blind Boys Of Mississippi* In Concert(CD, Album) Munich Records America MUSA 502 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
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SCH-201 The Kings Of Gospel Music — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi The Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi* The Kings Of Gospel Music(CD) Schubert Records SCH-201 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
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MEL-2289 Not Gonna Shut Up — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi The Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi* Not Gonna Shut Up(CD, Album) Melendo Records MEL-2289 US 2003 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

5983 Jesus Traveled This Road Before / Must Be A God Somewhere — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Five Blind Boys* Jesus Traveled This Road Before / Must Be A God Somewhere(Shellac, 10") Coleman Records 5983 US 1948 Sell This Version
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5971 Dig A Little Deeper In God's Love / I Want To Rest — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Percell Perkins And The Five Blind Boys* Percell Perkins And The Five Blind Boys* - Dig A Little Deeper In God's Love / I Want To Rest(Shellac, 10") Coleman Records 5971 US 1948 Sell This Version
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CR-5968 You Got To Move / Working On The Building — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Percell Perkins And The Five Blind Boys* Percell Perkins And The Five Blind Boys* - You Got To Move / Working On The Building(Shellac, 10") Coleman Records CR-5968 US 1948 Sell This Version
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6002 Glory Hallalujah / Happy In The Service Of The Lord — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Five Blind Boys* With P. Perkins* Five Blind Boys* With P. Perkins* - Glory Hallalujah / Happy In The Service Of The Lord(Shellac, 10") Coleman Records 6002 US 1949 Sell This Version
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1550 Our Father (Which Art In Heaven) / Move In The Room With The Lord — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi 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
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1551 He's My Rock / I've Got A Right — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Five Blind Boys* He's My Rock / I've Got A Right (Single) Peacock Records 1551 US 1950 Sell This Version
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1536 Amazing Grace / Jesus Gave Me Water — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi 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
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1552 Old Ship Of Zion / In This World Alone — Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi Original Five Blind Boys* Old Ship Of Zion / In This World Alone Peacock Records 1552 US 1951 Sell This Version