It’s hard to imagine that any quartet gospel music lover in North Carolina–or anywhere along the East Coast–would not recognize the name or homespun traditional music of B.T. Green and Christian Harmonettes. June 1st marked the 44th anniversary of the group, celebrated in Durham. It was a spiritually uplifting occasion, but one person was conspicuously absent: Mr. B.T. Green. Just a few miles away, Green lay in the hospital, drawing strength from the prayer avalanche of beloved family, friends, and supporters.
Gospel singer and promoter Burmas T. Green completed this life’s journey (June 21), after recent months of health challenges. He was 75 years old.
Some of his enduring numbers from the Christian Harmonettes’ recordings include “It Takes A Little Rain,” “Love Lifted Me,” “Reap What You Sow,” and “Old Rugged Cross.”
GMF continues to lift the Green family, the Christian Harmonettes, and Green’s host of friends in prayer.
Thank you all for your patience in waiting for the final arrangements of B.T.’s homegoing. The service will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014, at Union Baptist Church of Durham, NC. There will be a viewing from 12:00-1:00 pm. The service will begin promptly at 1:00 pm. The church address is 904 N. Roxboro St. Durham, NC 27701.
Libra Nicole Boyd, PhD is a musician, award-winning author, gospel music aficionado, and the founder and editor of Gospel Music Fever™. Her commitment to journalistic integrity includes bringing you reliable gospel music content that uplifts and advances the art form. Libra is presently working on several scholarly projects about gospel music in the media as well as gospel music in social movements.
5 Replies to “B.T. Green of the Christian Harmonettes (1938-2014)”
I really miss BT.
Hallelujah Praise with Sister Carolyn Pettiford did a tribute on BT on Sunday, June 30, from 8:30am till 9 a.m. It was an honor to do it.
Angelo, you have our prayers. I know you miss him dearly already. BT was part of traditional gospel music's landscape, and he'll be greatly missed in the gospel community as well.
Im still in disbelief, Bt Green is my best buddy, we laughed, ate, traveled, and at times he was a dad figure when he didnt realize it. I would personally like to thank GMF for this contribution on BT Green, the Green Family & The Christian Harmonettes says thank you.
Sorry to hear of another soldier gone.
BT Green brought so much uniqueness and quality sound to gospel music quartet community. Growing up watching them was a joy for the Yancey Family. We considered them professionally! They were the group who were always last, and you had to wait to hear BT theme song and "Meet Me At the Gate"!
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