The Soul Stirrers: Jubilee Quartet

Who are the Soul Stirrers ?

The Soul Stirrers is a Jubilee Quartet group started in 1926 by the Baritone, Senior Roy Crain. Amongst Crain, the members included: Jesse Farley – bass, T.L Bruster – baritone, James Medlock – second lead, R.H Harris – first lead. Some of these members were actually replacements for the one’s that left, being that so the members were teens when the group started.  The group got its name from a compliment. During one of their performances, a member of the audience told Roy Crain that the performance had stirred his soul. This group was iconic, they were the first quartet to add a second lead and influenced rock and roll and soul. They were also known for their connection to Sam Cooke.

The Music


The Soul Stirrers radically reshaped traditional gospel material and wrote many enduring songs of their own. The Soul Stirrers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.

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