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Robert Marovich of The Black Gospel Blog passed along the sad news to GMF that Minister Gene Viale has died.
Viale was a member of the legendary James Cleveland Singers (1964-1965) and traveled extensively as a solo artist as well. According to his web bio, he has appeared with numerous gospel greats including Mahalia Jackson, Albertina Walker and The Caravans, Dorothy Love Coates and The Gospel Harmonettes, Andraé and Sandra Crouch, The Staples Singers, Pastor Shirley Caesar, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, and Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC’s.
Just last year, Viale released his first book, entitled, I Remember Gospel and I Keep on Singing.
GMF extends condolences to all who mourn his passing.
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