Charles Fold - 1933-2006

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Friday 28th April 2006

Gospel music pioneer Charles Fold dies in Cincinnati.

71 YEAR OLD gospel music pioneer and minister Charles Fold died at his home in Cincinnati on 7th April after a period of illness. The singer musician was best known for his work with the Charles Fold Singers, who played a significant role in the development of the traditional gospel choir sound during the '70s. Working in partnership with the late Rev James Cleveland, the group turned out such hits as "Lord, Let Me Be An Instrument", "This Too Will Pass" and "Jesus Is The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me". The Charles Fold Singers recorded 14 albums in total.

Later in his career, Fold became a key member in the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), an organisation founded by Cleveland to help develop gospel music nationwide, eventually becoming president of the Chapter Representatives. Fold was also an active member of his local church, Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist in Cincinnati, where he served as minister of music.  CR

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Posted by tracey williams in cincinnati ohio @ 04:57 on May 31 2009

he will be missed i loved him dearly my uncle dr charles folds

Posted by David Robinson III in Decatur, Georgia @ 23:54 on Jun 25 2006

I have just Googled his name as I was sorting out my record albums to see how Min. Fold and his choir was doing and to purchase his latest CDs. to my surprise I found an article that he passed away. He was certainly a giant in gospel music. I am a gospel musician and have taught many of these songs to my choirs including the male chorus and children's choir. I pray for his family, friends, gospel music lovers, choir members, and so on. He will certainly be missed.

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