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"I messed up," Calvin Newton lamented, after losing thirty years and doing time in either nation and federal prisons for robbery, counterfeiting, and drug violations. "These have been years of my existence that i'll were making a song gospel music."

in the course of his major, he was once super-handsome, athletic, and charged with sexual aura that attracted girls to him like flies to honey. Atop this abundance used to be his mind-blowing voice, "the voice of an angel."

This e-book is his prodigal-son tale. Audacious, Newton by no means became down a dare, whether it intended mountaineering at the roof of a dashing motor vehicle or wading right into a freezing ocean. As a boy boxer, he was once a Kentucky Golden Gloves champ who k.o.'ed his opponent in twenty-three seconds.

by way of his past due youngsters he were recruited via the Blackwood Brothers, the number-one gospel quartet on the planet. In his mid-twenties whereas he was once making a song Christian songs with the Oak Ridge Quartet, Newton's strong expertise and movie-star appears to be like took him deep into hedonism--reckless riding, heavy romancing, and addictive tablet popping.

As Nineteen Fifties rock 'n' roll started its invasion of gospel, he and companions shaped the Sons of tune, the 1st all-male gospel trio. lengthy ahead of the pop sound claimed modern Christian track, the Sons of tune grew to become gospel the other way up with histrionic concord, high-styled tuxedos, and Hollywood verve. Their signature track, "Wasted Years," foreshadowed Newton's punishing fall.

This biography seems to be again on the harmful way of life that wrecked a glowing profession. whilst good into his sixties, Newton became his existence round and used to be capable of confront his demons and speak about his prodigal days. He talked commonly with Russ Cheatham approximately his self- destruction and the nice own cost of his personal bad-boy offerings and overdue redemption.

during this candid biography, one in all gospel's all-stars discloses a messed-up lifestyles that vacillated among success and failure, repute and infamy, happiness and grief.

Russ Cheatham is an affiliate professor and coordinator of the legal justice software at Cumberland collage. His paintings has been released in Bluegrass Unlimited and Music Row Magazine.

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In the entertainment field, nothing paid less than gospel music. Thus, despite their talent and popularity, both the Sunny South and the Melody Masters were barely making ends meet. Then, the Melody Masters played a date in Jacksonville, Florida, with the mighty Rangers Quartet. Hovie Lister was the Rangers’ pianist at the time and he was impressed with the Melody Masters’ sound; also, he liked them and wanted to help them. ” The group discussed the idea and decided to give it a try. Lee Kitchens, conservative in manner and perhaps keen in judgment, wanted no part of such an experiment.

Gospel music falls into two broad categories along racial lines—black and white. Traditional white gospel music—the type heard at the all-night singings—is more commonly known as southern gospel music. , who maintains that, while the two types of music frequently crossed paths, they developed independently. Southern gospel music traces its origins to the shape-note singing schools and publishing companies that appeared in the nineteenth century. Music historians give the date of the birth of southern gospel music as May 1910 when James D.

But, he recalled, “Calvin was always wanting me to box with him. ” After such impromptu boxing matches, Aultman got to be leery of Calvin, coming to view him as calculating and having a hidden agenda. Calvin also sang with a group called the Victory Four, which included two World War II veterans. The top gospel quartet at BTS at the time was known as the Kingsmen Four; they sang off campus, even out of state on occasion and made money. Everyone at BTS, even the other gospel quartets, looked up to them.

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