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Albertina Walker

Born the youngest of nine children on August 29, 1929 in Chicago, IL, Albertina Walker grew up on the south side and started singing as a child at Westpoint Baptist Church. A lot of great gospel artists used to come to her church: the Roberta Martin Singers, Sadie Durham, and Professor Fyre. She joined gospel groups, beginning with the Pete Williams Singers, the Willie Webb Singers, and the Robert Anderson Singers before forming the Caravans in 1951. The original group also included Ora Lee Hopkins, Elyse Yancey, and Nellie Grace Daniels. Classic recordings for the States label between 1952 and 1954 were "Mary Don't You Weep," "Soldiers in the Army," "The Solid Rock," "The Lord I'll Keep Me Day By Day," "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power," and "Blessed Assurance." The latter song was redone by Ms. Walker for the soundtrack of Steve Martin's movie Leap of Faith, in which she makes a brief cameo.

The Caravans are heralded as an unparalleled launching pad for future gospel superstars: Shirley Caesar, Inez Andrews, Bessie Griffin, Dorothy Norwood, Cassietta George, and James Cleveland were just a few of the ensemble's alumni who later went on to solo fame. In that tradition, the pioneering gospel singer started The Albertina Walker Foundation for the Creative Arts which provides scholarships to gospel musicians and singers. In 1955, they were signed to Savoy Records. Dance fans should take note that the Caravans, in 1966, included teenager and future disco diva Loleatta Holloway.

By 1956, the Caravans were among the most popular acts on the gospel music circuit due in part to their ethereal, amazing vocal interplay and strong alternating leads. Riding high in 1962, the Caravans signed to pioneering Chicago record label Vee-Jay to record the LP Seek Ye the Lord. Other hit albums with VeeJay include Walk Around Heaven All Day and To Whom Shall I Turn. The Caravans disbanded in the mid-'70s, though there were occassional reunion tours.

The '70s saw Ms. Walker re-signed with Savoy releasing such LPs as Please Be Patient With Me (her first Grammy-nominated album), I Can Go to God In Prayer, Spread the Word, I Wont Last a Day Without You. By the '80s, Ms. Walker had moved to Word/Epic recording Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart, I Will Wait on You, and Joy Will Come In the Morning. By this time, she had been nominated 11 times for the Grammy Award. In 1995, she won a Grammy Award for the Best Traditional Gospel Album, Songs of the Church. Also that year, she recorded an album with Phoebe Snow, Thelma Houston, CeCe Peniston, and Lois Walden as the Sisters of Glory, and released an album called Good News In Hard Times on LLF/Warner Bros. Records. The veteran's warm, venerable vocals graced Thomas A. Dorsey's "Precious Lord" and Dorothy Love Coates' "He's Right on Time." In 1997, she won a Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year for the Grammy-nominated album, Let's Go Back - Live in Chicago. Released in summer 1997, I'm Still Here (BMG/Zomba/Verity) was a solid contribution to a catalog that includes over 40 albums. Some of the standout tracks are the title track, "Sanctify Me (I'm Available)," "Lord I Want to Thank You," and a jazzy orchestrated cover of "The Impossible Dream." As the 21st century began, Albertina Walker was guesting on albums by Kurt Carr, the Gospel Music Workshop of America, and the National Baptist Convention. ~ Ed Hogan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: This Is Gospel: Sail Away Some Bright Morning

1. Sail Away

2. Born Again

3. Dry Bones

4. You Can't Beat God Giving

5. Jesus Will Fix It

6. I Believe

7. God Is Not Dead

8. Carry Me Home

9. God's Got It

10. If I Had A Hammer

11. New Doctor

12. More Love To Thee

13. Move On Up A Little Higher

14. I Won't Be Back

15. Old Rugged Cross

16. Three People

17. Where He Leads Me

18. Hallelujah

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Track List: Original Gospel Classics

1. I Can Go To God In Prayer

2. Work On Me

6. Please Be Patient With Me

8. Wounded For Me

10. I Sure Do Love The Lord

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Track List: Passion For Our Lord

1. It Pays To Serve Jesus

2. White Cliffs Ov Dover

3. Get Together Medley

4. I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

5. How Do You Feel

6. Impossible Dream

7. Nobody Like Jesus

8. He Changed

9. God So Loved The World

10. I Believe In Music

11. Freedom

12. Safety Zone

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Good morning everyone Ms. Albertina Walker is the Queen of Gospel Music here in Chicago. The church she grow up in is standing tall . Ms. Walker gone to soon. But her memories lives on okay smile..
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Please my lord do not pass me by I am your child and oh how I love the lord
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YOUR MUSIC WILL LIVE IN ALL OUR HEARTS FOREVER. GOD BLESS THE QUEEN OF GOSPEL
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I am thankful,Thi s Friday evening.As the SUN sets. On a world so filled with complexed worries. The Good Lord has &continues to.Show how GREAT IS A GRACE BESTOWED. To those who truely love.Tender mercies,and kindness.Nev e r compared with human actions.BLES S HIS DIVINE TIME AND WORTHINESS!
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If this Sister doesn't. Look like somebody that everybody knows.....in today's world......y o u just lying to yourself,if you say she is dead. You can see her alive through the resemblance of others...... t h e n listen to her words of-testimony . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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WHAT A LEGACY. MS ALBERTINA WALKER LEFT ON HER EARTHLY WALK NOW SINGING IN THE MELODIIOUSLY CHOIR WITH SO SO SO MANY MORE. TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR GIFTING HIS DAUGHTER. AMEN
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This....'TEM P O ' . . . . . . . r e m i n d s of the days .
Small congregate church 'raffles'.
Cake-walks,a n d christian conversation . That lasted. From Sunday ...........t o . . . . . . . . a next sunday!
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JESUS YOU TOLD ME EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT AND YOU NEVER LIE. AND I BELIEVE I N YOUR WONDERFUL NAME AMEN
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I grew up listing and singing ms walkers songs....won d e r f u l singer
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I learned all type of gospel, hymns, spiritual as well I'm 59 years my mother played these i remember far back 4 years i did my first solo in church and company at 5 years
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Yep! You've heard it right. Please Be Patient With Me, God is not through with me yet and I am So Glad! As he has me walking into a Fascinatingl y Outstanding role. I've been a fan of hers since I was a little girl. Hee, hee! Such a powerful & soulful voice blessed and showered from God.
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Nice song
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I love Mrs Albertina Walker. May she continue to rest in peace. Servant of God well done.
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my god is not through with me yet...
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I am happy with these timely classes they take me back when our front door and back doors was open cool air blow thou out house and these gospel ring thou
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thelmars07
Good Positive song
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I am bless gospel music here to stay think you Lord Jesus Christ
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I also loves listing to ms walker. May she rip
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ONE THING FOR SURE IS ANYONE CAN GO TO GOD FOR PRAYER CALL HIM UP. I DO LOVE THE LORD.
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She is truly missed so much by us down here with that beautiful and lovely voice that God Blessed her to have and she used it to give awesome Praise to God but she is in Heaven still singing and praising God Always and Forever!
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I Rock That Song ! ! ! !
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Love this song
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Someday I'm gonna sail away........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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love this women grew up listen to her music
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Growed up off this old Classic Gospe Hallelujah!! ! Jesus thank you Lord
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GROWN UP WATCHING MY GOSPEL SHOW SMILE,,
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Hallelujah!
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When My God gets through wit me
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I was raised up by the Caravans and Albertina Walkers music God bless her ministry
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msvictoria3
Right
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msvictoria3
Okay you this said that
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msvictoria3
Me to
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i love this song,when im in mississippi omg they choir sing this ogm i just get up i have to him my praise,yes he is a god in prayer,all right,when i call him he tell me let it out.amen in lord in prayer.
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Long Live The Queen!!
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curitiba4lif e 5 0
Please, DON'T CALL HER DOCTOR WALKER, she was not a glory hound. Today's gospel singers all have to be Dr's, evangelist, and pastors-even the women. It's some kind of pragmatic thing-I get glory from singing then I need some more from something else.
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E H St Luce''God is not done with me yet'
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jenniferharr i s 1 9 7 7
God not through with me yet either...
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teeny2010
The storm is almost fone
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amtoy50
Ms. Walker will always be remembered through her music. I am so happy I had the opportunity to hear and see her perform her music live both solo and with the caravans, May she rest in peace.
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be4 them therewere none after them there will b no more. the world an people have change. no 1 sing out of spirt just 4 show.
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Nadja Winfrey: Earl J. Roberts is right, he could'nt put it better. i miss her dearly. i would just like too say to the caravans. Be of good cheer she is in heaven singing with the angels, looking down you'll and want you to contiune to keep singing until you get too see her again.

love ya!
a gospel lover.
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She's the real QUEEN OF GOSPEL
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I'm glad that I was here to enjoy Albertina Walker music along with Shirley Caesar. I enjoy the Old School. Was able to see Albertina a few times while living in Chicago. She will be missed but her music live on.
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Ann nesby is a great gospel singer
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pocacrys
I knew her personally, she taught me my 1st solo at West point Baptist Church. As a child I used to sit on her lap on Sunday mornings in service. She was a well loved Christiam Woman I miss her. We all know she is still singing in heaven. C.Williams, M.A.
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lawrenblack1
Albertina Walker was a great asset to the gospel world. From her came so many great and wonderful singers. She inspired so many. Thank You "Jesus"!
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Her Legacy lives on...
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lunita_allen
Dr. Walker left a legacy than cannot be duplicated by no one else on the face of this earth. There was only one Albertina Walker and always will be. RIP Dr. Walker.
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m.hoover1
I learned of Ms. Walker only a couple years ago and enjoyed her voice and energy from the beginning. Just imagine hearing all those beautiful voices like Ms. Walker's when we get to heaven.
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I do love to listen to Albertina Walker. She has a beautiful voice like none other.
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