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Albertina Walker

Born the youngest of nine children on August 29, 1929 in Chicago, IL, Albertina Walker grew up on the south side and started singing as a child at Westpoint Baptist Church. A lot of great gospel artists used to come to her church: the Roberta Martin Singers, Sadie Durham, and Professor Fyre. She joined gospel groups, beginning with the Pete Williams Singers, the Willie Webb Singers, and the Robert Anderson Singers before forming the Caravans in 1951. The original group also included Ora Lee Hopkins, Elyse Yancey, and Nellie Grace Daniels. Classic recordings for the States label between 1952 and 1954 were "Mary Don't You Weep," "Soldiers in the Army," "The Solid Rock," "The Lord I'll Keep Me Day By Day," "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power," and "Blessed Assurance." The latter song was redone by Ms. Walker for the soundtrack of Steve Martin's movie Leap of Faith, in which she makes a brief cameo.

The Caravans are heralded as an unparalleled launching pad for future gospel superstars: Shirley Caesar, Inez Andrews, Bessie Griffin, Dorothy Norwood, Cassietta George, and James Cleveland were just a few of the ensemble's alumni who later went on to solo fame. In that tradition, the pioneering gospel singer started The Albertina Walker Foundation for the Creative Arts which provides scholarships to gospel musicians and singers. In 1955, they were signed to Savoy Records. Dance fans should take note that the Caravans, in 1966, included teenager and future disco diva Loleatta Holloway.

By 1956, the Caravans were among the most popular acts on the gospel music circuit due in part to their ethereal, amazing vocal interplay and strong alternating leads. Riding high in 1962, the Caravans signed to pioneering Chicago record label Vee-Jay to record the LP Seek Ye the Lord. Other hit albums with VeeJay include Walk Around Heaven All Day and To Whom Shall I Turn. The Caravans disbanded in the mid-'70s, though there were occassional reunion tours.

The '70s saw Ms. Walker re-signed with Savoy releasing such LPs as Please Be Patient With Me (her first Grammy-nominated album), I Can Go to God In Prayer, Spread the Word, I Wont Last a Day Without You. By the '80s, Ms. Walker had moved to Word/Epic recording Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart, I Will Wait on You, and Joy Will Come In the Morning. By this time, she had been nominated 11 times for the Grammy Award. In 1995, she won a Grammy Award for the Best Traditional Gospel Album, Songs of the Church. Also that year, she recorded an album with Phoebe Snow, Thelma Houston, CeCe Peniston, and Lois Walden as the Sisters of Glory, and released an album called Good News In Hard Times on LLF/Warner Bros. Records. The veteran's warm, venerable vocals graced Thomas A. Dorsey's "Precious Lord" and Dorothy Love Coates' "He's Right on Time." In 1997, she won a Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year for the Grammy-nominated album, Let's Go Back - Live in Chicago. Released in summer 1997, I'm Still Here (BMG/Zomba/Verity) was a solid contribution to a catalog that includes over 40 albums. Some of the standout tracks are the title track, "Sanctify Me (I'm Available)," "Lord I Want to Thank You," and a jazzy orchestrated cover of "The Impossible Dream." As the 21st century began, Albertina Walker was guesting on albums by Kurt Carr, the Gospel Music Workshop of America, and the National Baptist Convention. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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I am happy with these timely classes they take me back when our front door and back doors was open cool air blow thou out house and these gospel ring thou
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thelmars07
Good Positive song
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I am bless gospel music here to stay think you Lord Jesus Christ
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I also loves listing to ms walker. May she rip
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ONE THING FOR SURE IS ANYONE CAN GO TO GOD FOR PRAYER CALL HIM UP. I DO LOVE THE LORD.
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She is truly missed so much by us down here with that beautiful and lovely voice that God Blessed her to have and she used it to give awesome Praise to God but she is in Heaven still singing and praising God Always and Forever!
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I Rock That Song ! ! ! !
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Love this song
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Someday I'm gonna sail away........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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love this women grew up listen to her music
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Growed up off this old Classic Gospe Hallelujah!! ! Jesus thank you Lord
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GROWN UP WATCHING MY GOSPEL SHOW SMILE,,
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Hallelujah!
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When My God gets through wit me
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I was raised up by the Caravans and Albertina Walkers music God bless her ministry
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msvictoria3
Right
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msvictoria3
Okay you this said that
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msvictoria3
Me to
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i love this song,when im in mississippi omg they choir sing this ogm i just get up i have to him my praise,yes he is a god in prayer,all right,when i call him he tell me let it out.amen in lord in prayer.
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Long Live The Queen!!
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curitiba4lif e 5 0
Please, DON'T CALL HER DOCTOR WALKER, she was not a glory hound. Today's gospel singers all have to be Dr's, evangelist, and pastors-even the women. It's some kind of pragmatic thing-I get glory from singing then I need some more from something else.
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E H St Luce''God is not done with me yet'
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jenniferharr i s 1 9 7 7
God not through with me yet either...
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teeny2010
The storm is almost fone
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amtoy50
Ms. Walker will always be remembered through her music. I am so happy I had the opportunity to hear and see her perform her music live both solo and with the caravans, May she rest in peace.
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be4 them therewere none after them there will b no more. the world an people have change. no 1 sing out of spirt just 4 show.
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Nadja Winfrey: Earl J. Roberts is right, he could'nt put it better. i miss her dearly. i would just like too say to the caravans. Be of good cheer she is in heaven singing with the angels, looking down you'll and want you to contiune to keep singing until you get too see her again.

love ya!
a gospel lover.
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She's the real QUEEN OF GOSPEL
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I'm glad that I was here to enjoy Albertina Walker music along with Shirley Caesar. I enjoy the Old School. Was able to see Albertina a few times while living in Chicago. She will be missed but her music live on.
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Ann nesby is a great gospel singer
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pocacrys
I knew her personally, she taught me my 1st solo at West point Baptist Church. As a child I used to sit on her lap on Sunday mornings in service. She was a well loved Christiam Woman I miss her. We all know she is still singing in heaven. C.Williams, M.A.
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lawrenblack1
Albertina Walker was a great asset to the gospel world. From her came so many great and wonderful singers. She inspired so many. Thank You "Jesus"!
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Her Legacy lives on...
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lunita_allen
Dr. Walker left a legacy than cannot be duplicated by no one else on the face of this earth. There was only one Albertina Walker and always will be. RIP Dr. Walker.
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m.hoover1
I learned of Ms. Walker only a couple years ago and enjoyed her voice and energy from the beginning. Just imagine hearing all those beautiful voices like Ms. Walker's when we get to heaven.
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I do love to listen to Albertina Walker. She has a beautiful voice like none other.
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A phenominal and versatile gospel artist. I love me some Albertina Walker! She could take an old school hymn and give it a brand new meaning. Her music and legacy will live on forever. New artists -- take note of her style. She was one of the greatest. RIP Dr. Walker.
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mooredoris6
I love the way this Queen praise GOD!
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What a magnificent woman God blessed us with to have momentarily and forever in her legacy. She will truly be missed however always remembered. Rest in peace and God Bless her family!
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i loved albertina walker songs and she will be truely missed by many and her legacy will forever live on in our lives.
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jamieporter4 5
Ms. Albertina Walker was one of the best. I love her music. Her music and the lyrics to her song was phenomenal, inspiring encouraging messages. She is gone but not forgotten, her legacy will live on. God Bless her soul.
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SHE ONE OF THE BEST GOSPEL SINGERS I Know.I LOVE HER.i will surley miss her.god bless her.
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huslerk
She was one of the greatest!!!! ! ! ! ! ! m a y god bless her soul.
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Ms. Albertina died this morning-God bless you Ms. Walker and he will certainly remember you!
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i love her voice it is so beautiful
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laderic1
I was having a hard time this morning and albertina helped me get through it.........t h a n k ya lord for albertina
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Albertina Walker has a lovely, sweet voice and sings with a lot of soul.
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howellcsh
She is awesome. I love the song "Please be patient with me"!!!!
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i love it an the lord
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lunita_allen
Albertina, God is not through with you yet so keep on singing and praising God for his goodness and just because He is who He is!!! Thank you Jesus!
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