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date: 18 January 2020

Douglas, Isaac locked

  • Horace Clarence Boyer

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(b Philadelphia, PA, c1939; d 1988). American gospel singer. He began singing as a youth with choirs in Philadelphia. In the early 1960s he appeared with Ruth Davis and the Davis Sisters in a series of concerts that introduced him to the gospel public. Later he moved to New York and sang with the Raymond Rasberry Singers before organizing his own group, the Isaac Douglas Singers. In October 1970, with Benny Diggs, he formed the New York Community Choir, an ensemble of 65 voices. Douglas, who was known for his strained-sounding baritone voice and extremely wide range, made several successful recordings with this choir, including “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” and “Until you come again.” In the early 1970s he began an association with James Cleveland and the Gospel Music Workshop of America as soloist and choir director, and he conducted a series of concerts throughout the United States....

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