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      1. Theola Kilgore, R.I.P.
           From: Mick Patrick 

Message: 1 Date: Sat, 21 May 2005 20:25:21 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Theola Kilgore, R.I.P. Theola Kilgore Theola Kilgore was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and raised in Oakland, California. Her first recording, on which she was billed as Theola Kilgord, was as the featured vocalist on 'Look To The Hills' by flamboyant soothsayer/'miracle-worker' Bishop Louis H. Narcisse & the Mt. Zion Spiritual Choir, released on the small Ajax label in 1955. Her secular debut 'The Sound Of My Man', released on Candix in 1960, was a distaff answer to her friend Sam Cooke's 'Chain Gang'. The Kilgore larynx took a break before releasing her next 45 early in 1963. Now the protégée of writer, producer and one-time hit-maker Ed Townsend, her searingly devotional 'The Love Of My Man' reached #3 R & B and #21 on the Hot 100, aided by the distribution clout of Florence Greenberg's Scepter/Wand mini-empire, and was the biggest seller for Al Sears' Serock set-up. A gold-plated example of how fluid and accommodating the pop charts of the early 1960s were, the record was as close to black church music as a hit could get without mentioning the "G" word. An equally intense follow-up, 'This Is My Prayer', reached #60 pop, after which Kilgore and Townsend launched their own KT label. Both sides of Theola's release on the logo bubbled under the Hot 100, but a two-year wait preceded her next and final 45, issued on Mercury in 1966. Further sessions taped for Stax and for producer Jimmy Holiday in the 70s remain unreleased. Theola died in Los Angeles on May 15th. She was 79. R.I.P. Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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