The Blind Boys of Alabama were founded at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Deaf and Blind in Talladega, Alabama. The founding members are George Scott, Velma Traylor, Johnny Fields, Olice Thomas, and J. T. Hutton who is the only member with sight.
The Blind Boys made their first recorded hit in 1948, “I Can See Everybody’s Mother But Mine”. They skyrocketed from there and never came down.
From the 1950’s to 1970’s they were the superstar group in the black gospel music industry. The 1980 – 1990’s was when the Blind Boys were exposed to a broader audience. In 1988 the blind boys starred in a play on Broadway “The Gospel at Colonus”, they became exposed to a mainstream audience.
Today, the Blind Boys are still releasing music. They performed for the first Black president in the White House, won a Grammy at the 44th Annual Awards, and collaborated wit the Rolling Stones. The Blind Boys of Alabama have made a huge impact on the Gospel industry and Jubilee Quartets groups.