Margie Sullivan

Born: Jan. 22, 1933 Winnsboro, LA

Lived in St. Stephens, AL

Gospel Vocals Sullivan Family

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

 

The Sullivan Family began performing as a band when it was invited to have a regular program on the first radio station in Jackson, Alabama, in 1949. But long before that its members had been playing traditional music. The family had settled near St. Stephens when it was the capital of the Alabama Territory.

Through the decades, many family members played fiddles and provided music for frolics or country dances in the area. In 1939, when Arthur Sullivan converted to the Pentecostal faith and became a preacher, his family gave up "worldly" music and dedicated their musical talents to the Lord. His son Enoch still honors this commitment with bluegrass gospel music.

The song "Old Brush Arbor" by George Jones is one of Margie Sullivan's signature songs depicting a once common practice in Alabama of holding Christian revival services in the rural countryside under structures made out of tree branches to shade the worshipers at a "camp meeting" site.

Source: The Sullivan Family

 

 

 

Campbell Mercer notes on August 9, 2009- Margie Sullivan is back performing and traveling for the Lord, full time. She is stronger than ever.

Campbell Mercer Notes on April 28,2009- The latest news is that Margie had a 5-Way bypass Monday morning and did wonderfully through the surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. It is also now known that the heart attack was not massive as was originally thought. Please keep praying for Margie and Enoch.

 

Earlier Post-Posted By John On 22nd April 2009 @ 14:58 In Miscellaneous bluegrass news->

We have learned that Margie Sullivan, of The Sullivan Family, is hospitalized in Mobile, AL after suffering a heart attack on Monday evening.

Margie and her husband Enoch have been performing and recording bluegrass Gospel in the southern US for 60 years, touching thousands of people with their music over their career. They have the distinction of having giving a young Marty Stuart his first professional job in the 1970s.

Margie had been holding up to the family’s road schedule, despite not feeling well for some time, including a show this past Sunday in Montgomery, AL.

Dean Osborne tells us that she seems poised to recover nicely…

“As of late last night, Ms. Margie had made significant progress in her recovery to the point of sitting up, eating and even asking for a cup of coffee. Brother Enoch and the family would like to thank all for their prayers. He said it was nothing short of a miracle because when the arrived at the hospital in Jackson, she was in full cardiac arrest. The doctors quick action there helped get her stabilized and on to Mobile.”

Cards and wishes may be sent to:

Margie Sullivan

c/o The Sullivan Family

P.O. Box 69

St. Stephens, AL 36569

Source: Margie Sullivan News

 

 

 

Enoch Sullivan passes

POSTED BY JOHN LAWLESS ON 02.25.11 @ 3:40 PM

TAGS: THE SULLIVAN FAMILY

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!

More info: ALABAMA FOLKWAYS: THE MOTHER OF BLUEGRASS GOSPEL

Biography of Sullivan Family - SouthernArtistry

Product Details

 

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

Listen: Amazon.com: Sullivan Family: MP3 Downloads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscribe to Newsletter

Rick Carter Radio - All Alabama Music

Accepting submissions and adding them daily. Artists can send their songs in MP3's to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. One song per email. Graphics and song and artist info should be included of course.

This space
for rent!

Contact:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.