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date: 15 September 2019

Walker, Albertina locked

  • Horace Clarence Boyer
  • , revised by Roxanne R. Reed

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(b Chicago, IL, Aug 29, 1929; d Chicago, IL, Oct 8, 2010). American gospel singer. She began singing at the West Point Baptist Church in Chicago as a little girl, and by the time she was 17 had become part of an ensemble led by Robert Anderson. Walker was sought after to record as a soloist and, reportedly resistant to sing solo, recruited fellow members of Anderson’s group to record with her. After making a decided split from Anderson in 1952, the Original Caravans were formed. Earliest members included Ora Lee Hopkins, Elyse Yancey, and Nellie Grace Daniels. The group was known for close harmonies and earthy singing. Walker’s own voice was a husky contralto sound with a characteristic crack of three or four descending tones while moving through a melodic line. Walker originally sang lead and remained the anchor of the group. She was lead soloist for “Lord, keep me day by day” (composed by Eddie Walker, ...

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