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Gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognised worldwide as living legends. Formed in 1939, they have been performing together for more than 60 years and have earned praise for their diverse range of musical talents.
Jimmy Carter is the only original member of the group left and describes The Blind Boys of Alabama as the original godfathers of soul. He explained to The Hour how the group was formed:
“We met up at the school for the blind in Talledega, Alabama in 1939 and started singing together, and we decided to go professional on June 10th, 1944.
“When we started out we were called The Happy Land Jubilee Singers; The Blind Boys of Alabama is a whole other story.”
The group have collaborated with the likes of Hank Wilson, Willie Nelson and Lou Reed and have won five Grammy awards throughout the last 10 years. They were also inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2003.
The Blind Boys of Alabama’s new album Take the High Road is out now. The band will be playing at Perth Concert Hall tonight as part of Southern Fried: Perth’s Festival of American Roots Music.
For more information on The Blind Boys of Alabama, see the group’s website.