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Thread #7873 Message #1960083
Posted By: Azizi
07-Feb-07 - 12:02 PM
Thread Name: Mary don't you weep--meaning
Subject: Add: Video: Mary don't you weep
MARY DON'T YOU WEEP
sung by the Caravans
Here's information about this African American gospel group:
*The 1952 founding of the Caravans Black Gospel singing group is celebrated on this date.
Started by Albertina Walker, the Caravans were a home and spawning ground for producing brilliant spiritual vocal talent. Based in Chicago, the Caravans produced more gospel vocal stars than any organization at the time. James Cleveland, Bessie Griffin, Shirley Ceasar, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews, Casietta George, and Loleatta Holloway all passed through their ensemble's ranks during the 1950's and 60's. All of them became important solo gospel artists, except Loleatta Holloway, who became well-known in dance music.
Walker, a Chicago native, founded The Caravans with other former members of the Robert Anderson Singers. Until 1956, The Caravans with Griffin, Norwood, and Cleveland as members recorded for the States label. In 1958, The Caravans switched to the Gospel label of Savoy Records, with a line-up that included Ceasar and Andrews. They took the gospel world by storm, and set up themselves up as the (then) most popular female group in gospel. Hard work, talent and a special bond and teamwork were the difference in their success. Ceasar, was one of the most intense performers of all time. George, from Memphis, had a down-home, yet elegant style.
In 1966, Ceasar left The Caravans to pursue evangelism and a solo recording career. After the loss of their main soloist, all the other members of The Caravans left the group within a matter of months. Walker organized another edition of the group that featured Loleatta Holloway, but this arrangement lasted only a few years."