[Oakland ?]: 1971. 1st printing (presumed). Broadside, 16 lines of text, various size fonts. Verso blank. 3 b/w halftone photographic images: the Twins [1" x 2-5/8"]; The Voices of Christ Community Choir [5" x 6-7/8"]; Evangelist Ernestine C. Reems, Pastor [2" x 1-3/4"]. 17" x 11". Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Age-toning & soiling. Few short edge tears & creases. Thumbtack hole in each corner. Withal, a VG copy of this rare survivor. Item #50541
Event broadside announcing a musical evening at the Center of Hope Evangelistic Church, 705 - 98th Avenue, Oakland, Calif. 94603 - 7:30 PM Donation $1.00
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"The O'Neal Twins recorded over twenty albums on a variety of labels (Savoy, AIR Gospel, Creed, Peacock), and gained nationwide attention for their part on the Gospel documentary, Say Amen Somebody. Edgar on piano and voice, and Edward on vocals together broke new ground when the big thing in Gospel was quartets. Hits such as "Jesus Dropped The Charges", "Throw Out The Lifeline" and "Power In the Blood" still resonate, their close harmony being unforgettable. The duo was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004." [Gospel Music . com]
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"Gospel music trailblazer Helen Stephens was born in New Orleans. As a school girl at Booker T. Washington High School she sang in the choir and was also the school’s piano accompanist. She went on to Dillard College where she received a music degree in 1949.
A short time later, Ms Stephens came to Berkeley with her husband, Arnold Stephens, and formed the award winning gospel choir “The Voices of Christ” at Berkeley’s Progressive Missionary Baptist Church. The group, which began with twenty-three members, soon grew to ninety-two and went on to record eight albums on the Savoy label.
Lady Stephens, as she was known, had a major influence on the world of gospel music both nationally and at her home base here in the Bay Area. She introduced gospel into the curriculum at Cal State Hayward and taught at the College of Marin in Kentfield. In 1979, she became director of “The Lighthouse Singers of Marin,” a multi-faith, multi-racial interdenominational community-based gospel choir dedicated to cultural and spiritual outreach through music.
Lady Stephens organized the Northern California Chapter of Gospel Music Workshop of America and traveled widely to teach and learn gospel. Many outstanding musicians were her students, including jazz pianist Rodney Franklin. [Berkeley e-Plaques].
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Pastor Reems, later Bishop, was the founder of the Center of Hope Church, the venue for this evening of Gospel singing.