Monday, January 5, 2009

The Silver Heart Gospel Singers

The Silver Heart Gospel Singers
Lead : W. Starks
Arr. & Rights By Robert Turner
Label : Executive [ Indianapolis, Indiana], 1965

15615 – His Goodness To You
15616 - ?

Robert Turner singing at Anderson, Indiana's Gospel Revival in 2001

Formed in 1960 by Robert Turner, then 15 years old, the Silver Hearts have grown into an Indianapolis institution, singing at churches, church reunions and community gatherings and organizing an annual, citywide Gospel Extravaganza for the past 40 years.

Robert Turner sang his first solo, "Let God Abide," when he was 4, standing on a chair before the congregation of the Metropolitan Baptist Church. He joined the church’s traveling choir at age 10, and in 1958 he heard the Clara Ward Singers at the Bible Way Baptist Church, just around the corner from his home. Inspiration for the Silver Hearts was born on that night.

Turner recalls his reaction to the Clara Ward Singers: "Five ladies, fabulous gowns, the music was piano and organ instead of the quartet/guitar sound I’d been raised on, and it was like ... wow!"

Robert Turner died in 2005. You can read his obituary here.

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