Jesus Music Artist



I have also started a new page in memory of those who have gone home. If you are aware of any that I have not discovered yet let me know and I will add them.  I have not omitted any intentionally. However I have discovered these while searching their records or life. I felt it would be appropriate to keep their memories alive, but To God be the Glory.

Andraé Edward Crouch (July 1, 1942 – January 8, 2015) was an American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer and pastor. Referred to as “the father of modern gospel music” by contemporary Christian and gospel music professionals. Wikipedia

Ann Grant of Ann Grant & the Little Lights 24 Jan 2006

Hackler, Ann Gerel, Cherished Daughter, Darling Wife, Loving Mother, Extraordinary teacher, patient counselor, lover of people and loved by all who knew her. Your beautiful smile, infectious laugh, and reassuring voice will be missed every day. The joy you added to our lives was constant and boundless. Our grief in your absence is inexpressible. You lived what you taught: “Let your light so shine before men.” Age 46 of St. Paul, answered her Master’s call on January 24, 2006. Preceded in death by grandparents, Rev. S.G. and Jessie Norris. Survived by devoted husband, Scott; sons, Grant Thomas and Sheldon Stuart; parents, Rev. Gerald and Eleanor (Norris) Grant; aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. She died of Cancer.

Rev. BH Clendennen b. 22 May 1922 – 13 Dec 2009 Here is where you can find an Obituary

Billy Preston – Preston had battled kidney disease in his later years, brought on by his hypertension. He received a kidney transplant in 2002, but his health continued to deteriorate. He died on June 6, 2006, in Scottsdale, Arizona, of complications of malignant hypertension that resulted in kidney failure and other complications. Called the “5th Beatle”.

Bo Hansson – 1972 Lord of the Rings instrumental record.

Born: April 10, 1943, Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: April 23, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden

Bob Nottingham – Robert Jay Nottingham

Birth: Apr. 20, 1940, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA

Death: Feb. 23, 1978, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA

Robert Nottingham, a leukemia victim who faced impending death for six years by giving speeches, prayers and songs, died Thursday at his Lake Oswego home

Bob C. Olsen – of The Apostles died 8 Feb 2011 Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ

Bobby Miller – Sad  news: Bobby Miller, half of this group Christian Stevens, lost his brave battle against cancer last week.  He has been called home to God, and is free of pain. He will be missed.

Bruce Wright from Servant

Candy Holly – of the Singing Holly’s.

Charles McPheters – an obituary in the September 1982 issue of CCM magazine. But on 31st July, 1982 Charles lost his battle with stomach cancer and died aged 38.

Rev. Chuck Smith – Chuck Smith, the evangelical pastor whose outreach to hippies in the 1960s helped transform worship styles in American Christianity and fueled the rise of the Calvary Chapel movement, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 86.

Chris Daniel from the Old Christian Music blog. 10/29/70 – 1/11/13 from CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Polyneuropathy).

Clint Holly – of the Singing Holly’s.

Dan Gaub died last year.  Yakima Herald obit  : 

Daniel John Gaub, 53, of Yakima, WA, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 4, 2012, as the result of a motorcycle accident. Daniel was born March 12, 1959 in Hazard, Kentucky to Ken & Barbara (Mains) Gaub.

Daniel spent his youth traveling as the lead guitarist of a Gospel Band called Eternity Express/Illustrator.

In April of 1981, Dan married his childhood sweetheart, Dawndee Johnston, also of Yakima. After the band fulfilled its mission, they made their home here in Yakima. Dan was a member of Stone Church, where he and his whole family continued to be very active in the musical ministry.

Dan made helping others his life’s mission. He mentored hundreds of people worldwide to accomplish life changing goals. Dan served on the executive board of Ken Gaub Ministries.

It also seems there was a dark side to Dan as well. Google Dan Gaub and Scam for additional info or look on Youtube a read the comments. Not for me to judge that’s God’s job, just reporting what I read.   diakoneo

Dan McBride – McBRIDE, Dan; 63;  Jacksonville TX; Tyler M-T; 2002-3-15

Danny Gaither – Danny Gaither (November 20, 1938 – April 6, 2001), was a gospel music singer from Alexandria, Indiana and an original member of the world-famous Bill Gaither Trio.

Danny Taylor

Dan Peek – Guitarist, Songwriter and Performer.  Dan went to Heaven on July 24, 2011. The music and minsitry lives on. As a founder member of the grammy award winning supergroup America, Dan Peek’s autobiography An American Band – The America Story tells the story of the formative years of America and the rock and roll life in a 1970’s Supergroup.

Dana Key – member of the group Degarmo and Key, who died last night 6 Jun 2010 from a ruptured pulmonary embolism at the age of 56.

Danniebelle Hall (October 6, 1938 – December 28, 2000), was a gospel musician, recording artist, songwriter. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA and sang with Andraé Crouch and the Disciples, she had a solo career as well.

Rev. Dave Wilkerson – David Ray Wilkerson (May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011)[1] was an American Christian evangelist, best known for his book The Cross and the Switchblade. He was the founder of the addiction recovery program Teen Challenge, and founding pastor of the non-denominational Times Square Church in New York.

David Hackney – died in 2000 from lung cancer. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Founding member of Death and The 4th Movement.

David Rees of Mighty Flyers.

Denny Correll

Don Hill – Part of the group Sweet Revival passed away in 1991.

Floyd Robinson – passed away 28 May 2016. Additional info

Fred Lowery (2 November 1909 – 11 December 1984) was a blind professional whistler.

Gary Arthur of The Way.

Father Geoffrey Beaumont (1903 – 1970) – With Patrick Appleford he founded the ‘20th Century Light Music Group

Rev. Grady Nutt – Grady Lee Nutt (September 2, 1934 – November 23, 1982) was a Southern Baptist minister, humorist, television personality, and author. His humor revolved around rural Southern Protestantism and earned him the title as “The Prime Minister of Humor.”

Rev. Jack W. Hester – May 25, 1930  –  February 14, 2016 Jack released 2 albums that have made it into The Archivist “The Rapture” and “Tribulation”.

Janny Grein – On August 4th, 2011, Janny stepped through the door she had told so many of, and discovered it was all real.

Birth: Nov. 6, 1946, Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, USA

Death: Aug. 4, 2011, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA

JIM BOUTEL – D. Mid 1990’s Member of Silmiral

Jim Hess of Agape

Jim McDaniel, Pastor talked about having groups come to his church, Dallas Holms and The Imperials are two groups I remember him talking about. Went to be with Jesus 28 Jul 2016. He was born 26 Dec 1956.

Jim Moore of the group Dust and Ashes

Jim Wheeler – 1980 shortly after recording his album In Concert/To Live Is Christ

JOE LIGON – 11 Dec 2016 – founder and leader of The Mighty Clouds of Joy.

John Carl Ylvisaker – September 11, 1937 – March 9, 2017

John Pac of Parchment.

Brother John Rydgren.

Born: February 14, 1932 in North Dakota

Died: December 26, 1988 in Los Angeles

Artist Biography by Steve Leggett

Born February 14, 1932, John Rydgren (or Brother John, as he came to be known as an on-air DJ and radio personality) was an ordained minister in the American Lutheran Church, and for a time was a director of the American Lutheran Church’s radio and television films division. His claim to pop history fame came in the 1960s and early ’70s when his early syndicated FM radio shows, most notably the show called Silhouettes, which was broadcast across the U.S. (and in Vietnam) between 1966 and 1968, reached a wide-ranging audience. Positioning himself as a sort of “hip preacher” between Christianity on one hand and the emerging “Flower Power” generation on the other, Rydgren interspersed progressive and psychedelic rock tracks with his thoughts on spirituality, philosophy, and the changing times, all in a deep, sincere, and affecting baritone. He also released three LPs of his thoughts and musings laid over a backdrop of fuzz guitars, heavenly choirs, and sitar drones, Worlds of Youth (1966), Cantata for New Life (1967), and Silhouette Segments (1968), during this time period. He died on December 26, 1988, from a heart attack at the age of 56. Omni Records reissued remastered versions of Rydgren‘s three LPs, along with bonus tracks and an additional LP, They Say, in a two-disc set in 2012.

Joseph R. Zsigray, Jr., passed away 28 Jan 2014 at his home in Corozal, Belize, where he lived half the year. He was 61. He was born Jan. 19, 1953, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, to Doris and Joseph Zsigray, and grew up in Elyria, Ohio. He made music “even when he was tiny,” his mother said. He had a heart attack.

Jon Linn – passed away in October of 2000. Larry Norman stated, “Jon was crossing the street and was hit by a car.”

Jonathan David Blocker (Brown) – Producer of many Christian albums during the Jesus Music Era including Daniel Amos and Karen Lafferty for just a couple.

Judee Sill (born Judith Lynne Sill, October 7, 1944 – November 23, 1979) before dying of drug abuse in 1979. Her eponymous debut album was released in late 1971 and was followed around eighteen months later by Heart Food. She also recorded demos for a third album in 1974, which were released with other rarities on the 2005 two-disc collection Dreams Come True.


Oct. 7, 1944
Alameda County
California, USA


Nov. 23, 1979
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Keith Green – Keith Gordon Green (October 21, 1953 – July 28, 1982) was an American contemporary Christian music pianist, singer and songwriter originally from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. Along with eleven others, Keith Green died on July 28, 1982, when the Cessna 414 leased by Last Days Ministries crashed after takeoff from the private airstrip located on the LDM property. The small two-engine plane was carrying twelve passengers and the pilot, Don Burmeister, for an aerial tour[18] of the LDM property and the surrounding area.

Kevin Thomson – brother of Rick and longtime bassist for the group [The Southern Comfort Band], died on May 30, 2010, after a long illness.

Larry Norman – Larry David Norman (April 8, 1947 – February 24, 2008 was an American musician, singer, songwriter, record label owner, and record producer. He was considered to be one of the pioneers of Christian rock music at the age of 60 at his home in Salem, Oregon.

Lloyd Boldman of Prodigal.

Lonnie Frisbee.

June 6, 1949, Costa Mesa, California, US

Died March 12, 1993 (aged 43), Orange County, California

Frisbee contracted AIDS and died from complications associated with the condition. At his funeral at the Crystal Cathedral, Calvary Chapel’s Chuck Smith eulogized Frisbee as a Samson-like figure; that being a man through whom God did many great works, but was the victim of his own struggles and temptations. Some saw this as further maligning Frisbee’s work and an inappropriate characterization at a funeral service. Others, such as Frisbee friend John Ruttkay, saw the Samson analogy as spot on, and said so at his funeral.  Frisbee was interred in the Crystal Cathedral Memorial Gardens.

Marbel Holly – of the Singing Holly’s.

Marcellaise Tigner, Former Eugene resident and recording artist Marcellaise Tigner, who performed as Little Marcy, died May 17, 2012 in Redmond at age 90.

MARCUS UZILEVSKY, aka Rusty Evans. Mr. Uzilevsky died Dec. 5, 2015 at his home in Woodacre at age 78. He had a history of heart disease, family members said. full obit can be found here.

Mark Heard – John Mark Heard (December 16, 1951 – August 16, 1992) was a record producer, folk-rock singer, and songwriter originally from Macon, Georgia, USA.

Matthew Peregrine – D. Mid 1990’s Member of Silmiral

Michael Lehr BORN 1925passed into glory during the night of 27 March, 2010, after a significant illness.

Mike Johnson, Michael Craig “Mike” Johnson

Birth: Oct. 11, 1945, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA

Death: Feb. 9, 2013, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA

Michael Craig Johnson passed into the loving arms of Jesus around 10pm, February 9, 2013 from cardiac arrest. He was 67. For additional information you can google to read the Obituaries.    diakoneo

Norman Barratt

Paul Tutmarc – b. 29 May 1896 Minneapolis, Minnesota – 25 Sep 1972 Seattle, Washington Electric Guitar creator.

Paul “Bud” Tutmarc Jr. – 11 Jul 1924 Centralia, WA –  4 Dec 2006 Seattle, WA, over 25 record albums mostly Christian. Son of Paul Tutmarc developer of the electric guitar.

Peter Janssens – orn 17 June 1934 in Telgte, Germany and died 24 December 1998 in Telgte, Germany.

Peter R. Scholtes – MADISON – Peter R. Scholtes, age 70, died on Saturday, July 11, 2009, in his home surrounded by family.

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RAY A. LeFEVRA, 56, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at DuPont Hospital. – See more at:]
Ray Ruff – The driving force behind and producer of Truth of Truths, until his untimely passing in September 2005. See: Comment by Don J. Long on plans to reissue the album.

Richard Wayne Mullins (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997) was an American Christian music singer and songwriter born in Richmond, Indiana. On September 19, 1997, Rich Mullins and his friend Mitch McVicker were traveling on I-39 north of Bloomington, Illinois to a benefit concert in Wichita, Kansas when his Jeep flipped over. They were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the vehicle. When a passing semi-trailer truck swerved to avoid the Jeep, Mullins, who was too injured to move out of the way, was hit by the truck and died instantly. McVicker was badly injured but survived. Additional information can be found :

Roby Duke – Roby Duke passed away December 26, 2007 of a sudden heart attack. 2 days before, Roby Duke was on stage with his son Brantley for a concert at the Calvary Chapell of Thousand Oaks, California. His last song was “I Shall See God”.

Rev. Ron Salsbury –  31 Jul 2016 he pastored, New Life Community Church in Pismo Beach, CA

Sandi Yonikus – 16 Jun 1936 – 2 Jun 1988

Sebastian Temple – (1928 – 1997) grew up in South Africa.

Sue Ann (De Shazo) Joyner – December 17, 1938 – April 23, 2012 Obituary may be found here. During her lifetime, she wrote many songs – some of which were included in her screenplay entitled “Patmos: A Message to Mankind” which was a production based upon the book of Revelation from the Bible.

Tedd Browne – Gunshot 1968

Tom Howard, passed away yesterday (January 29, 2010). He was hiking with his wife at Edwin Warner Park in Nashville when he had a heart attack and could not be revived.

Wendell Phillips Loveless born: February 2, 1892, Wheaton, Illinois. Died October 3, 1987, Honolulu, Hawaii. Found here:

Wendy Bagwell – Wendell Lee “Wendy” Bagwell was the founding member and leader of the Southern gospel music and comedy trio, Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters. Born in Chamblee, Georgia, on May 16, 1925, he joined with two young singers he met in church, Geraldine Terry (later known professionally as Jerri Morrison), and Georgia Jones (ultimately replaced by “Little Jan” Buckner, the wife of Bagwell’s adopted nephew), to form the gospel trio.  Bagwell was best known for his comedy monologues, notably the million-selling “Here Come the Rattlesnakes” (also known as “The Rattlesnake Song”), an account of the trio’s performance at a small church that engaged in snake handling. Bagwell died on June 13, 1996, and was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1997