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The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi

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The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi was an American gospel group.
Powered by lead singer Archie Brownlee, their single “Our Father” reached the Billboard Rhythm & Blues charts in the early 1950s, one of the first gospel records to do so.

The group originated in 1936 as a quartet of students from the Piney Woods School for the blind near Jackson, Mississippi. The students — Brownlee, Joseph Ford, Lawrence Abrams, and Lloyd Woodard — originally sang under the name “the Cotton Blossom Singers”, performing both jubilee quartet and secular material, to raise money for the school. Their teacher, Martha Louise Morrow Foxx, helped organize the blind singers at the behest of the school founder Laurence C. Jones. On March 9, 1937, Brownlee and the others recorded sacred tunes (as the Blind Boys) and three secular numbers (as Abraham, Woodard, and Patterson) for Library of Congress researcher Alan Lomax. After graduation in the early forties, they began performing professionally singing pop music as the Cotton Blossom Singers and religious material under the name the Jackson Harmoneers. They were often backed by a female jazz band which originated from the same country school known as “The International Sweethearts of Rhythm.” In the early 40s, Melvin Henderson, also known as Melvin Hendrix, joined the group making them — like many so-called quartets — actually a quintet.

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