The month-long lull in reporting golden era gospel related news on this blog has ended, although the ending has come with sadness. Another legend has gone on home to Glory. Alberta Bradford, pianist for The Alex Bradford Singers and Stars of Faith, singer, stage actress, minister of music, and widow of gospel legend Professor Alex Bradford passed away on Friday, May 21, 2010. Homegoing services will be held on Friday, May 28, 2010 at Jones Tabernacle Baptist Church. 2100 W. Baltimore Ave., Baltimore, MD. Visitation/viewing will be from 9-11am, and the Homegoing service will begin at 11AM.
Here is a tribute to Mrs. Bradford created by Dwayne "Rowoches" Lightsey.
After the numerous posts I made in April (a blog record), it would probably appear to you that this blog has taken a vacation! That would be wishful thinking. I guess you can say that I'm on hiatus. Things seem to be pretty quiet for now on the Golden Era Gospel front compared to the whirlwind we had in April. As usual, I do hope to have some things of interest to post in the near future.
On the other hand, others are doing some things of interest. For example, if you remember my Chicago Gospel Landmarks tour, my tour guide and friend of the blog, Bob Marovich, embarked on a similar tour this month in none other than the Crescent City itself, The Big Easy. New Orleans, that is. Bob was able to see the (now gentrified) neighborhood in which Mahalia Jackson grew up, and took some photos. So turn on your favorite Mahalia songs and take a look at his pictures. Mahalia Jackson's Neighborhood in New Orleans