"I messed up," Calvin Newton lamented, after losing thirty years and doing time in either kingdom and federal prisons for robbery, counterfeiting, and drug violations. "These have been years of my lifestyles that i may were making a song gospel music."

in the course of his top, he used to be super-handsome, athletic, and charged with sexual air of secrecy that attracted ladies to him like flies to honey. Atop this abundance used to be his remarkable voice, "the voice of an angel."

This ebook is his prodigal-son tale. Audacious, Newton by no means became down a dare, no matter if it intended hiking at the roof of a rushing vehicle or wading right into a freezing ocean. As a boy boxer, he used to be a Kentucky Golden Gloves champ who k.o.'ed his opponent in twenty-three seconds.

through his past due youngsters he have been recruited via the Blackwood Brothers, the number-one gospel quartet on this planet. In his mid-twenties whereas he was once making a song Christian songs with the Oak Ridge Quartet, Newton's amazing expertise and movie-star appears to be like took him deep into hedonism--reckless riding, heavy romancing, and addictive tablet popping.

As Nineteen Fifties rock 'n' roll started its invasion of gospel, he and companions shaped the Sons of music, the 1st all-male gospel trio. lengthy ahead of the pop sound claimed modern Christian tune, the Sons of music grew to become gospel the other way up with histrionic concord, high-styled tuxedos, and Hollywood verve. Their signature tune, "Wasted Years," foreshadowed Newton's punishing fall.

This biography appears to be like again on the damaging way of life that wrecked a glowing profession. whilst good into his sixties, Newton grew to become his lifestyles round and used to be in a position to confront his demons and talk about his prodigal days. He talked widely with Russ Cheatham approximately his self- destruction and the nice own rate of his personal bad-boy offerings and past due redemption.

during this candid biography, one in every of gospel's all-stars discloses a messed-up lifestyles that vacillated among fulfillment and failure, repute and infamy, happiness and grief.

Russ Cheatham is an affiliate professor and coordinator of the felony justice software at Cumberland college. His paintings has been released in Bluegrass Unlimited and Music Row Magazine.

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Thus, by the 1920s southern gospel music was rapidly developing at the same time and rate as the Church of God and Pentecostalism. With Vaughn graduate Otis McCoy as Bible Training School’s first music director, the ties between the Church of God and southern gospel music became even closer. Bible Training School 21 By the time Calvin Newton got to Bible Training School in the midforties, Alf and Urias LeFevre and Fred C. Maples had all matriculated there and benefited from McCoy’s excellent instruction and fine guiding hand.

Blackwood Brothers quartet #2—the Blackwood Gospel Quartet, or the “B” team—consisted of Roy and Doyle Blackwood, baritone singer Johnny Dickson, and bass singer Warren Holmes. Texan Billy Gewin played the piano for the group. Having two groups allowed the Blackwoods to travel beyond the tether placed on them by their daily radio show requirement. If the Blackwood Brothers Quartet was far away from Shenandoah, quartet #2 would appear on KMA in their place. Often the two groups appeared on radio and stage together.

Consequently, Calvin sought out and began singing in some of the school gospel groups. Although he could have taken private voice lessons and studied theory, harmony, and other musical subjects, he chose not to, and instead relied solely on his talent. Leroy Carver, a close friend and colleague of Otis McCoy, provided voice lessons for student quartet singers, but Calvin never took advantage of the situation. ” While he didn’t directly avail himself of the opportunities for developing his vocal talent, he nonetheless benefited from the musical environment simply through exposure and osmosis.

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