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A “Queen” Remembered

On the morning of October 8, 2010 the "Queen of Gospel" Albertina Walker passed away at the age of 81.  She discovered and launched the careers of many gospel music greats such as Shirley Caesar and Rev. James Cleveland.  I had the pleasure of meeting her one year during the Stellar Awards weekend.  She was gracious enough to allow me and many others to be photographed with her.

During the GMWA gospel music convention, I had the opportunity to photograph the Caravans performing in Orlando.  They sang a few of their timeless hits, including "Mary Don't You Weep" with Inez Andrews singing lead.  They got so into the song that the music faded out before they finished singing.  That was my first time ever hearing the group perform live, and it was certainly a treat.  So much so, that I was standing with the audience and almost forgot to photograph them.

Albertina Walker will sorely be missed by all who knew her, and those who were touched by her love of God and gospel music.

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “A “Queen” Remembered”

  • Ora Darby

    Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Thank you for the information. I had not heard that she passed away. I’m listening to “Yes, God Is Real” right now on my iPod. The photographs are wonderful.

  • Vera Blake

    Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    She truly was the "Queen" of gospel and will truly be missed.  Great photos.

  • E. Carol Burns

    Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Yes, another Diva has gone home. I love those old songs that she recorded. They still touch my heart. And speaking of touching my heart…your pics are breathtaking. Absolutely stunning!!!! I look forward to working with you. God bless you and keep up the great work.

  • Vet

    Monday, October 18, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Greatness in simply loving the Lord.


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