Rev. James Cleveland

Rev. James Cleveland
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Rev. James Cleveland
Music: South side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Arranger | Composer | Gospel Singer
Born Dec. 5, 1931 in Chicago, Ill.
Died Feb. 9, 1991 of congestive heart failure in Brotman Medical Center, Calif.

The Rev. James Cleveland was the acclaimed "King of Gospel" whose singing style and commitment to excellence inspired an array of gospel and secular singers alike.

Cleveland, who would later win three Grammys and earn 15 gold records, grew up on the South Side of Chicago and befriended Jesse Jackson at a young age.

As his fame grew, Cleveland sang for President Carter and released with Aretha Franklin in 1972 what is considered a landmark gospel album, "Amazing Grace." He also founded and was pastor of Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

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