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The Caravans

During the period stretching from the late '50s to the mid-'60s, the Caravans went unrivaled as the nation's most popular touring gospel group; acclaimed as one of the greatest female acts ever to arrive on the spiritual music front, their fluctuating roster was unparalleled as a launching pad for future superstars -- Shirley Caesar, Inez Andrews, Bessie Griffin and James Cleveland were just a few of the ensemble's alumni who later went on to solo fame. The Caravans were formed in Chicago in 1952 by contralto Albertina Walker and other onetime members of the Robert Anderson Singers, among them Ora Lee Hopkins, Elyse Yancey and Nellie Grace Daniels; virtually from the outset, their lineup shifted regularly, but in addition to longtime mainstay Walker, the recordings the group made for the States label between 1952 and 1956 include Griffin, Dorothy Norwood and Cassietta George, who enlisted in 1954. Also present was Cleveland, who not only accompanied the group on piano but also narrated hymns, his relaxed monologues a stark contrast to the fervent group vocals behind him.

By 1956, the Caravans were among the most popular acts in all of gospel music, famed for their uncanny -- almost telepathic -- teamwork. They moved to Savoy in 1958, where their lineup now included both Andrews and Caesar as well as Dolores Washington; the combination of the young soprano phenom Caesar and the shrieking contralto Andrews was a powerhouse one-two punch, and as the decade drew to a close, the Caravans were the queens of the gospel circuit. Although Andrews had exited by 1962, the group continued to ride high, signing to Vee-Jay to record the LP Seek Ye the Lord. Their Vee-Jay tenure proved their most stable, with a consistent roster of Walker, Caesar, George, Washington, Josephine Howard and pianist James Herndon appearing on all of their output for the label. However, when Caesar exited in 1966 to go solo, the Caravans' run at the top ended, and within months only Walker remained. She set about forming a new edition which included future disco diva Loleatta Holloway, but the venture proved short-lived; Caravans reunion concerts, however, were common in the years to follow. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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I plead the blood of Jesus to heal my body and soul in his name....
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To God be the glory!!
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AMEN!
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PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME
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Amen!
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Trouble came too me as well people who claim too be my friends God fixed it he makes no mistakes thank you my father god.
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shontia.stok e s
Gospel Greatness
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The. Caravns. Love. You.
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I love the old gospel it is so heart felt I thank God for the women of God!!! Oh how I love Jesus!!!!!!!
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God, is good all the time
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brandongray6 6
Remember Me Ohh Lord!!!! Thank God For Jesus....
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This is down home gospel. I love the sound and the spirit of this music! THIS IS THE BEST SOUND OF GOSPEL!
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i love this song so hart felt
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I loved these groups - the Caravans, The Gospel Harmonettes, the Davis Sisters, the Roberta Martin singers...wh a t happened to this thrilling, soul-stirrin g music? Today's gospel sounds just like pop music - fame and fashion have taken over, the almighty dollar rules. Glitter and glam have replaced faith and talent.
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True gospel music. Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep. God Bless you Inez.
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elizabetgare t t 1 9 5
There is nothing like the old gospel music it just goes all though you.
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I m so thankful for the old music!!

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I SURE WISH THAT THIS OLD MUSIC. THAT HAS A GREAT IMPACT ON SOME OF OUR LIVES AS KIDS, WOULD COME BACK FOR GOOD AGAIN.
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When I get to Haven.....ye s lord.....i will see my mother Mary Baker, grandmother Edna Baker, grandfarther Aaron Baker, Aunt Rose Mary, Elizabeth, My Uncle Ernest Baker, AAron JR. Baker, and my cousin Kenny and Brandon and yes we will walk around Heaven all Day....yes Lord we are going to walk around heaven...... Y e s Lord!!!!
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brendaturn5
I too Love this old time gospel music it stirs the soul indeed
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Ms Walker,Pasto r Ceaser,and caravan love their music it's that old time Gospel that touch my soul from the deep in the south.Keep it up.
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gottern love mrs walker
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geraldin.hum p h r e y
This is another group that I grew up listening to on the radio from Nashville, TN.... THANK GOD... Wish there was more grops like this, I'mglad that I had that privelige...
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i really love old time gospel music especially the caravans and shirley ceasar keep it up
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soughtout58
I CAN REMEMBER MY MOTHER WORSHIPPING THE LORD IN MUSIC AS SHE WAS BUSY AROUND THE HOUSE.. I NOW KNOW WHAT THE 'HOLY GHOST' CAN AND WILL DO FOR YOU: WHAT IT HAS AND IS DOING FOR ME, THRU HER AND THE 'HOLY SPIRIT'!!!
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lunita_allen

These ladies are gospel greats and still on the battlefield for the Lord.May God bless them always and dwell within their temple. Thank you Jesus!!
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Jesus what would I do without the GOSPEL music. Thank God for all his Angels.
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robins423
=)
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you know I grew up in McGehee, Ark and I use to listen to WLAC Nashville too, all the time and I also heard these good old songs.So Bobbie I can relate.
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I really love your music!!! I love the old time music, the one that pave the way for us when we was at the alter, calling out to God!!
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bmeadows02
I grew up lisenting to the ladies on WLAC,radio station in Nashville, Tn. late at night before I ever really knew what gospel music was. They have inspired me to become a gospel DJ...It has been one of my greatness joys to listen and to air the great ladies of the Gospel!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! B o b b i e
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grizzellss1
old time is so great
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lillie murphy says;
I have listen to these singers for over 45 years and enjoy every minute of it.
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The Caravans revive memories of my early years in the church. Their music, along with other of this time, is real "Church Music" to my ears.
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BEFORE MY TIME, BUT SOMETIMES ITS JUST WHAT I NEED TO HEAR
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This brings back so many pleasant memories. Please keep up your good works. I really do enjoy this- I can remember when- thanks you
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I enjoy listening to the Caravans, each one of the songtist have an unique God given Talent that make them second to none.
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I have quite a few artist that I enjoy listening to and the Caravans are just one of them. The place so much feeling in the music they sing.
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how do u sound lengarter talkin bout a gospel group like that...u sound stupid...oh well..The Caravans do rock though.
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the caravans f**kin rock,,,,, the rockabilly band
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That final album is not the gospel group but the British rockabilly revivalists. Read the bio on their MySpace page.

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