March 12, 2005


Blind Boys co-founder Scott dies at 75 (AP, March 12, 2005)

George Scott, a founding member of the Blind Boys of Alabama gospel group, died Wednesday of complications from diabetes and a heart condition a month after winning his fourth consecutive Grammy Award. He was 75.

Last month the gospel group won the Grammy for best traditional soul gospel album for ''There Will Be a Light'' with Ben Harper.

Mr. Scott was known for his booming baritone voice.

The Blind Boys of Alabama formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939 and have been touring and creating recordings since then. Mr. Scott, who was not well enough to tour with the group since last year, planned to rejoin the group for live shows promoting a new album, "Atom Bomb," scheduled for release next Tuesday.

If you're not down with the Blind Boys you ought to be. Their latest release, once more with Ben Harper, is again excellent: There Will Be a Light .

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2005 1:01 PM

I saw them sing in "Gospel at Colonus" at the Guthrie here in Minneapolis about 20 years ago or so in a Sunday matinee performance. It was amusing to see all of those Kenwood and Edina matrons footstomping and handclapping to a Greek tragedy.

Right now I'm listening to "Higher Ground." RIP George.

Posted by: ted welter at March 13, 2005 11:04 AM


Prince's song, The Cross, is especially good on that one.

Posted by: oj at March 13, 2005 11:10 AM

I think the whole record is great. I'm especially fond of "I Will Not Walk Alone," but that is prolly a little too heavy on the Marian devotion thing for you, eh?

By the way, thank you for highlighting Joss Stone here a few weeks ago. I'll be going to see her on the 16th at 1st Avenue (home of Purple Rain).

Posted by: Ted Welter at March 13, 2005 11:29 AM


Yes, more crucifixion than comfort....

Have fun!

Posted by: oj at March 13, 2005 11:36 AM