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Jessy Dixon and Rev. James Cleveland formed The Original Chimes in Chicago in the fall of 1957. The group included Dixon, Claude Timmons, Lee Charles and the soulfully expressive gospel storyteller Dorothy Norwood who was later replaced by the wild "sanctified" lead of the great Imogene Greene. James Cleveland also sang and recorded with the group. In April 1964, Jessy began recording with The Chicago Community Choir, one of the hottest revival type aggregations in postwar African-American gospel. His female backing group, The Dixon Singers, were put together shortly thereafter. This tape includes a selection of the best from all the above formats. It's hot driving gospel choral singing and soulful lead interpretations from six long out-of-print albums (cassette only). ~ Opal Louis Nations, Roots & Rhythm Newsletter, Rovi


Born: March 12, 1938 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

One of the leading names in gospel music in the '90s and '90s, Jessy Dixon has written some of the most recognizable songs in the genre. Born in San Antonio, TX, Dixon showed a talent for songwriting at a young age, eventually moving out to Chicago as a teenager to try and make a name for himself. He was soon discovered by singer James Cleveland, who would go on to record several of his compositions. Word spread about his talents, and soon he was singing live to much acclaim. He began touring with...
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