Johnny Fields

Gospel Bass Vocals Blind Boys of Alabama

Born: 9/9/1927 Lowndesboro, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

The Blind Boys of Alabama are a gospel group from Alabama that first formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind at Talladega, Alabama in 1939. The three main vocalists of the group and their drummer/percussionist are all blind.

As of 2010, The Blind Boys of Alabama continue to tour nationally and internationally, with Jimmy Carter singing lead vocals. In 2006, Clarence Fountain, the group's former long-time lead vocalist and founding member limited his touring for health reasons. Founding member George Scott died on March 9, 2005 at the age of 75. Another founding member, Johnny Fields, died on November 12, 2009....


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Rev. Joe Williams called TBGB this morning to report that Johnny Fields, one of the founding members of the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, passed away in Henderson, NC.

Here is some information from the Henderson Dispatch:

HENDERSON — Johnny Fields, a resident of 214 Swain St., died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 at Maria Parham Medical Center.

The family will be at the residence.

Gloryland Gospel passed along Mr. Fields' funeral information:

Funeral Services: Thursday, November 19, 2009, at 1:00 PM at St. Andrews United Church of Christ, 203 Mulberry Street, Henderson, NC 27536

Johnny Fields and Clarence Fountain formed the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, formerly known as the Happy Land Jubilee Singers, in the 1940s while students at the Talladega School for the Blind in Talladega, Alabama. The quartet turned professional in 1944 and made its first recordings in 1948. Mr. Fields was the quartet's bass singer and in the 1970s did some freelance production work on gospel releases for Jewel Records in Shreveport, Louisiana.



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