Joe Ligon, Gospel Frontman for The Mighty Clouds of Joy


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Joe Ligon was an Alabama-born gospel singer who moved to LA and started the legendary gospel group, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, in the 1950s. The group won three Grammys in the 1970s and were the first gospel group to appear on Soul Train.

Their contemporary approach to gospel helped them cross over to the R&B charts and earned them a spot as opening acts for Paul SImon, the Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin.

Their first recording, “Steal Away To Jesus” was for the Peacock label in 1960. Village Voice critic Robert Christgau, while liking some of their later work, still held this early work in high regard: “Is it the formal purity of the Peacock stuff, leaving the excitement to Joe Ligon’s falsetto-piercing shouts, that makes their sermonizing so unpresumptuous?”

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