Rev. James Cleveland
12/05/1932-02/09/1991 in Chicago, IL

Biography

The Reverend Dr. James Edward Cleveland (December 5, 1931 – February 9, 1991) was a gospel singer, musician, and composer. Known as the King of Gospel music, Cleveland was a driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound by incorporating traditional black gospel, modern soul, pop, and jazz in arrangements for mass choirs. Throughout his career, Cleveland appeared on hundreds of recordings and earned 4 grammy awards. He was the first gospel musician to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... (see more)


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