Thursday, October 6, 2011

James E. Lenox on Parliament

James E. Lenox

20399 - One Of Them Today (part 1)
20400 - One Of Them Today (par 2)

4005 W. Washington Blvd.
[Chicago, Ill.]


Elder James E. Lenox was born July 4, 1931.

Elder Lenox was always involved in the religious arena with his father. At the age of eight, he began singing. He was one of the original members of the Thompson Community Singers, working closely with the late Chester Robinson and the Westside organization. His first recording was in 1966, including the well known classic: “I’m One of Them Today”. Fame followed numerous appearances on the Jubilee Showcase hosted by Sid Ordower featuring the Chicago Pentecostal Chorus which was founded by Elder Lenox.

He was one of the leading singers in the Church of God in Christ under the late Bishop L.H. Ford, as well as a National Evangelist. His name is synonymous with his original recording of the hit record “God Has Been Good to Me, I Won’t Complain”.

He died in 2001. From the Chicago Tribune obituary :

Rev. James E. Lenox, 70, pastor at Greater Holy Temple Church of God and Christ and a renowned gospel singer, died of heart failure Monday, Aug. 6, in Thorek Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago. Rev. Lenox, a lifelong resident of Chicago's West Side, sang gospel for more than 60 years, said his wife, Aldrea. He was also an Army veteran. Rev. Lenox worked for Western Electric Corp. and later as owner of a grocery store to support his singing career, which took him around the world, his wife said. He arranged "I Won't Complain," now a gospel standard, his wife said, and formed the Lenox Family Singers. Rev. Lenox was also a board member for the Chicago Gospel Festival. By 1979, he was out of the grocery business and had become assistant pastor to his father, Bishop Eleazar Lenox, at Greater Holy Temple, taking over as pastor in the mid-1980s. "He traveled a lot, because he was in demand, because he was a great Bible teacher," Aldrea Lenox said.


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