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The Traveling Kings of Chicago

"The Traveling Kings of Chicago was one of the first gospel quartet groups to tour the country in a black Cadillac limousine," their Facebook page says. "They were part of African-American history from 1951 to 1961."

The Traveling Kings of Chicago joined YouTube this week and got right down to posting audio from what they describe as the Gospel Golden Age. Let's take a listen.

1. I Know A Man Named Jesus.


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2. When I Get Home.

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3. Soon I'll Be Home.

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4. Call Me Home.

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5. I'll Wait On Jesus.

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For more, see The Traveling Kings YouTube channel.

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Comments welcome.

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1. From The Traveling Kings of Chicago:

I want to thank you for the article. This area of gospel mean so much to me because music was pure and raw.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF GOSPEL

The Traveling Kings of Chicago was formed in the early 50's with the original following members:

William Gilkey - Manager/Universal Artist/Guitarist
Anderson Barney - 5th Tenor
Willie Dixon - Lead Singer
Ernest Harris - Lead Singer
Turner Snipes - Tenor Singer
Sam Johnson - Bass
Willie Reynolds - Back up singer (not on original recordings)
Rev. Lee - Back up singer (not on original recordings)

The ORIGINAL Traveling Kings of Chicago recorded 6 songs between 1961 to 1963:

1964 Gospel 7 inch vinyl:
The Traveling Kings - Farther Down The Road/Dark Clouds

1963 Gospel 7 inch vinyl:
The Traveling Kings - I Know A Man/My Rock

1962 Gospel 7 inch vinyl:
The Traveling Kings - Sing On/So Soon I'll Be Home

1962 Gospel 7 inch vinyl:
The Traveling Kings - Could Have Been Gone/God's Been Good

1961 Gospel 7 inch vinyl:
The Traveling Kings - Now Lord/I'm Goin'

1961 Gospel 7 inch vinyl:
The Traveling Kings - Down Here Lord Waiting On You/Shake Me Jesus

Artist ID: 23217
All members are deceased with the exception of Mr. William Gilkey. If you desire additional information regarding the history of the ORIGINAL Traveling Kings of Chicago, feel free to contact him at 773-374-1773 or e-mail travelingkingsofchicago@gmail.com or Ms. Vivian Ford Barney (daughter of the late Mr. Anderson Barney) 708-272-2526.

Check out their Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/travelingkingsofchicago

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Posted on March 13, 2012


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