One of gospels renowned vocal groups, the Soul Stirrers first performed in the early 30s, but their ascendancy began the following decade under the leadership of Robert H. Harris aka Rebert H. Harris (1926, Trinity, Texas, USA, d. 3 September 2000). The group was formed by Silas Roy Crain (b. 1911, Texas, USA, d. 14 September 1996), who was joined in the classic early line-up by Harris, Jesse J. Farley (bass), T.L. Bruster (baritone) and James Medlock (second lead). The latter was soon replaced by Paul Foster (d. 20 August 1995). The group earned their reputation on the road, and by the 40s the Soul Stirrers had established themselves as one of Americas leading vocal groups. Eschewing the accustomed quartet format, Harris introduced the notion of a fifth member, a featured vocalist, thus infusing a greater flexibility without undermining traditional four-part harmonies.
The group recorded several sides for Specialty Records in...
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