Enoch Sullivan

Born: Sept. 18, 1933 St. Stephens, AL

Gospel Vocals, Fiddle, Guitar Sullivan Family

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Bluegrass Gospel great Enoch Sullivan, patriarch of the Sullivan Family of Alabama, passed away on February 23. He was 79 years old.

Together with his wife, Margie Sullivan, Enoch performed all over the United States, had a number of very popular radio programs and was a frequent performer on The Grand Ole Opry. The Sullivans received the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2005 for their lifetime commitment to the music, among many other honors that have been bestowed over the years.

An obituary appearing in Variety shares these details about Enoch and Margie.

They met in their teens, when Sullivan was playing mandolin in a group led by his father, the Rev. Arthur Sullivan. Their repertoire favored traditional old-time music and bluegrass gospel standards.

The group – dubbed “the first family of bluegrass gospel music” by Bill Monroe — included such young performers as future country star Marty Stuart, who debuted with the Sullivans at age 12.

Other members of their band over the years include Carl Jackson and Joe Stuart.

Visitation and burial services will be held February 26 at the Clearwater Assembly of God Church in Wagarville, AL from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Source: The Bluegrass Blog » Enoch Sullivan passes: News at the speed of bluegrass!

 

The Sullivan Family, a bluegrass/gospel group who have played extensively on the festival circuit, were known for their distinctive, driving beat and the robust singing of Margie Sullivan. The trio was founded by Enoch and Emmett Sullivan, both of whom were born in the Tombigbee Valley in southern Alabama. The sons of a minister, the brothers grew up with a love of gospel music; they also liked string-band music and were influenced by Bill Monroe and Johnnie & Jack. Born in northern Louisiana, Margie also grew up influenced by the traditional bluegrass singers she heard on the radio. In addition to Monroe's music, she was also influenced by such female singers as Wilma Lee Cooper and Molly O'Day. After touring with evangelist Hazel Chain, she met Enoch at a revival in 1949; they married and bought a farm near St. Stephen, Alabama. As a group, the Sullivans started out playing in local churches and then appeared on a local radio station in Picayune, Mississippi. In 1950, they moved to a station in Jackson, Alabama and six years later moved to Thomasville. In 1959, they made their recording debut for Revival and later that year were befriended by Walter Bailes, on whose Loyal Records they recorded for many years. The Sullivans primarily performed at churches, on television, and on radio. Longtime friends of Bill Monroe, the Sullivans began playing at his various bluegrass festivals in 1968 and soon gained a whole new following. Over the years, the band has included other family members, including father Arthur, uncle Jerry, and Margie's youngest daughter Lisa. The band continued to perform and record on different American and Canadian labels through the '80s up to the mid-'90s. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

 

Source: The Sullivan Family: Information from Answers.com

 

 

Enoch Sullivan Passes Away

February 28th, 2011

Enoch Hugh Sullivan, age 79, born September 18, 1931, died February 23,

2011 in a Mobile area hospital. Mr. Sullivan was a native and life-long resident of St. Stephens, AL. He was a self-employed minister. Mr.Sullivan was a member of Bolentown Pentacostal Church. He was a member of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Bean Blossom, Indiana; a member of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Lexington, Kentucky; a member of the Alabama Country Music Hall of Fame; a member of the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, Iowa; a recipient of the Heritage Award of the Arts Council of Alabama; a member of the RFD Highlanders Show. The Sullivan Family, Enoch and Margie Sullivan, were honored by the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City, the Mobile Country Music Association and had records inducted into the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.. Mr. Sullivan was a member of many other association and recipient of numerous other awards and honors. He also conducted the Annual Bluegrass-Gospel Festival in St.Stephens, AL.

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THE OBIT PATROL: Enoch Sullivan

Enoch Sullivan, bluegrass gospel figure

 

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Book: Amazon.com: The Sullivan Family: 50 Years in Bluegrass Gospel Music (9781893693029): Enoch, Margie Sullivan, Robert Gentry, Patricia Martinez: Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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