Ernest James, formerly of the Nightingales and Hummingbirds, has died

James (bottom left) with ‘Gales

Death has visited the quartet community again this week.

The Black Gospel Blog’s Bob Marovich informed us of the passing of quartet veteran Ernest James, formerly of the Sensational Nightingales and the Dixie Hummingbirds.

GMF offers condolences to family and friends.

Earlier this week (June 25), GMF reported the passing of Ben Chandler, longtime member of the legendary Pilgrim Jubilees.

Appreciation musical for Nightingales’ “JoJo” Wallace set for this Saturday

GMF reminds you to show your support for one of NC’s own pioneering gospel singers, Brother Joseph “JoJo” Wallace, lifelong singer and guitarist of the world renowned Sensational Nightingales.

What:  “An Evening with Brother Joseph Wallace and Friends”
When: Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 3 P.M.
Where:  Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro Street – Durham, NC
Admission: FREE; an offering will be received for the Joseph Wallace Scholarship Fund

You can read GMF’s recent post announcing the appreciation musical and guests here: Nightingales’ Joseph “JoJo” Wallace to be honored with musical celebration.

Pictured in the circa 1954-55 photo are, clockwise from top:  Willie “Bill” Woodruff, Carl Coates, Joseph “JoJo” Wallace, Ernest James, and Julius “June” Cheeks.   GMF thanks Opal Nations for verifying this caption.