Singing Sammy Lewis

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Samuel Allan Lewis was born in Chicago,Illinois on April 4, 1925, started singing at 5 years and at age 6 he was singing gospel music on radio station WSBC.

In 1943 he entered army service and on his return he became director of the Radio Choir of the Evangelist Temple Church of God In Christ, touring with Mahalia Jackson.

He signed to Chess in 1949 but again entered army service in Korea in 1950 serving for two years. He continued to have recordings issued on the Checker label throughout the 1960s.

He was considered one of America’s top ten gospel singers, but there has been no record of him for some time and it is feared the gentleman has died.

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3 Responses to Singing Sammy Lewis

  1. Paul says:

    Hello,

    SINGING SAMMY LEWIS by Anthony Rotante (Record Research # 35 – p.26 – June 1961)

    Samuel Allan Lewis was born in Chicago,Illinois on April 4, 1925 to Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Lewis. Sammy started singing at 5 years and at 6 he was the first gospel soloist to sing over WSBC under direction of Jack Cooper.At 8 he joined the Roberta Martin Singers where he was nicknamed ‘Singing Sammy’ by Mrs. Martin.In 1943 he entered army service and on his return he became director of the Radio Choir of the Evangelist Temple Church of God In Christ of which Rev. A. A. Childs was Pastor.Sammy toured all over the country with Mahalia Jackson. In 1949 Sammy made his first record for the Chess label ‘SOMETHING WITHIN’ and ‘GOD SHALL WIPE ALL TEARS AWAY’ which earned him a Silver Record awarded by Brother Isaiah, the prominent radio announcer, who dubbed him”Crown Prince of Gospel Singers”.In 1950 he again entered army service (Korea) and stayed two years. After his return to civilian life he became Radio Choir Director of the “All Nations Pentecostal Church,Rev. Ardella Smith, pastor”, and stayed for a year, when he joined the Mt.Eagle Baptist Church radio Choir.A successful songwriter, he is credited with ‘JESUS IS A WAY-MAKER’, ‘LORD WILL I FIND PEACE SOMEDAY’, ‘PRAYER’, ‘IN A LITTLE FAITH’ and others and is considered one of America’s top ten gospel Singers.

    Marc

  2. Claudia Hillsman says:

    Hi..Rev. Lewis was my mother’s first cousin..his mother Lucinda (Harrell) Lewis was her aunt. He passed away sometime in 1995..

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