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Rev. James Cleveland - "Peace Be Still"

by Matt Delmont

As Robert Marovich describes: "Released in late 1963 by Savoy Records, “Peace Be Still,” both the album and two-sided single of the title track, dominated “Billboard’s” Best Spiritual Releases. The single and album remained at the top of the spiritual charts well into 1965, eventually sharing the Top Five spot with the next Cleveland and Angelic Choir partnership, which featured the equally impressive “I Stood on the Banks of Jordan.” During the mid-1960s, it seemed as if only the Staple Singers, Caravans, and Consolers could compete successfully with James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir when it came to chart-topping records. The Savoy releases turned the everyday people of the Angelic Choir into a nationally-popular ensemble and the first gospel choir to perform at New York’s famed Apollo Theater."

Rev. James Cleveland - "Peace Be Still"

Peace Be Still, Rev. James Cleveland and The Angelic Choir of the First Baptist Church of Nutley, NJ (Savoy Records, 1962)

from Peace Be Still (1962)
Creator: Rev. James Cleveland and The Angelic Choir of the First Baptist Church
Posted by Matt Delmont
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