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Biography

  • Years Active

    1960 – present (61 years)

  • Founded In

    Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States

  • Members

    • Clay Hammond
    • Elmeo Franklin
    • Ermant Franklin
    • Joe Ligon
    • Richard Wallace
    • Ted Taylor

Mighty Clouds of Joy is an American traditional gospel music quartet.

Mighty Clouds of Joy was formed in 1954 and started out in a tradition-based style. Eventually they added soul, R&B, and rock flourishes into their musical mix (one of their early hits was produced by Gamble and Huff) without diluting the essential religious essence of their material. The long-lived group flourished throughout the rest of the 20th century, scoring numerous Grammy Awards and nominations, as well as several hit albums along the way.

Based in Los Angeles, California, the original group members include Joe Ligon (d. 2016), Johnny Martin (d. 1987), Ermant Franklin Jr., Artis Turnbough (d. 1999), Elmo Franklin (d. 2008), Richard Wallace, Leon Polk and David Walker (who also recorded several tracks with Link Wray under the name Bunker Hill).

Also performed as: The Mighty Mighty Clouds of Joy, Joe Ligon & the Mighty Clouds of Joy

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