Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Gospel Seekers on B.L.M.

Robert Lyons & The Gospel Seekers
37697 — Oh Lord I'm So Thankful
Milton Johnson and the Gospel Seekers
37698 — One More Day

B.L.M. Records
Manning Recording Co.
Rt. 2, Box 471 Roanoke Rapids N.C.
B.L.M. Records was owned by Bishop Manning.
Bishop Dready Manning was born in 1934 in Gaston, North Carolina. As a child, around the age of six, he learned guitar playing from a cousin. When he was in his early teens, Russell Moody became his guitar teacher. From his late teens up until a life-changing experience in 1962 Dready Manning was a hard drinking, hard living, Blues musician playing the bars and juke-joints of the area.  One day in 1962 he started bleeding out of his nose and haemorrhaging.  Bishop Manning told us that he would have died if not for the intervention of prayer on his behalf by some neighbours. 'I had a converted mind right then,' he says.
Bishop Dready Manning, his wife Marie and their five children Zacchaeus Earl, Dready Paul, Joyce Elaine, Carolyn Lee, and Clara Marie recorded several 45's on their own labels : Nashbrand, Peatcock, Manning Big Sound, B.L.M.,  Manning (all pressed by Rite Records) and Memorial.  There was also an album issued by Hoyt Sullivan's Su-Ann Records.

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