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GOSPEL CLASSICS & THE VIOLINAIRES

DETROIT'S OWN GOSPEL GROUPS & QUARTETS

If you know anything about Detroit, then you know that members of  "The Gospel Classics" were previous members of the Violinaires.   The members were Melvin Reed, Leo Coney, Wilson DeShields, James Malone, Cleofas Tilmon, Elceanor Debose, and Charles Williams   Five of them were previous Violinaires.   The Gospel Classics, as a group, released three very powerful albums.
 
 

 
1. Checker LPS 10046 - We've Got to Join Hands - April 1968 

2. Creed CR-3049 - The Gospel Classics - She Don't Call My Name Anymore.

3. C-3030 - A Little Bit Of Faith - The Gospel Classics. 

Click play to listen to an interview with Cleofas Tilmon conducted on Aug. 24, 2005.
Note: Cleofas also sings lead on "No Peace In The Land" which is found on the Gospel Classic's album "A Little Bit of Faith."


THE VIOLINAIRES


STAND BY ME - SIDE 1 (13799)


THE FANTASTIC VIOLINAIRES


I'M GOING SERVE THE LORD - CHECKER LP-10020 (15331)
"I'M GOING TO SERVE THE LORD"
WILSON DESHIELDS - JC SMITH 
 JIM BYERS - LEO CONLEY
ISAIAH JONES- ROBERT BLAIR
CLEOFAS TILMON


1972


1972


FIRST LP BY THE VIOLINAIRES - CHECKER LP-10011


THE FANTASTIC VIOLINAIRES - CHECKER 10017 (14699-700)


RICK WILSON - SMITH - BLAIR - BYERS - BUD - JONES


THE LATE ROBERT BLAIR OF THE FANTASTIC VIOLINAIRES


THE FANTASTIC VIOLINAIRES AT THE APOLLO


STAND BY ME - SIDE 2 (13800)


ISAIAH JONES - "LIL SHOT"

LITTLE SHOT SINGS
WITH THE VIOLINAIRES
AT THE APOLLO.


MOVE ON UP 1967 CHECKER-10030 (15930-1)

SOUL OF GOSPEL