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Marion Williams

Marion Williams (singer, born August 29, 1927, Miami, Florida; died July 2, 1994) The Gospel Sound, Tony Heilbut's critical and comprehensive study of gospel music, acclaims Marion Williams as quite simply "the most lyrical and imaginative singer gospel has produced." In her long distinguished career, which took her throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa, she brought together the best of the many different traditions that make up gospel music--the directness of Clara Ward, the wit of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the fervor of Dorothy Love Coates, and the grandeur of Bessie Griggin and Mahalia Jackson--and produced a unique personal sound that has had a major impact throughout American music from jazz to blues, from rock to soul, on instrumentalists and vocalists alike. "When she sings about God, it makes you want to sign up.