Margie Alexander

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Margie Alexander
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Background information
Birth name Marjorie Lucille Alexander
Also known as Margie Babbs
Born(1948-10-11)October 11, 1948
Carrollton, Georgia, United States
Died March 26, 2013(2013-03-26) (aged 64)
Genres Soul, gospel
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1968 - 1990s
Labels Atlantic, Future Stars, Chi-Sound, Startown, Soul Potion
Associated acts Clarence Carter

Marjorie Lucille "Margie" Alexander (October 11, 1948 March 26, 2013) [1] [2] was an American gospel and soul singer, mainly noted for her recordings in the 1970s.

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Gospel music is a genre of Christian music. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and social context. Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace. Gospel music usually has dominant vocals with Christian lyrics. Gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century, with roots in the black oral tradition. Hymns and sacred songs were often repeated in a call and response fashion. Most of the churches relied on hand clapping and foot stomping as rhythmic accompaniment. Most of the singing was done a cappella. The first published use of the term "gospel song" probably appeared in 1874. The original gospel songs were written and composed by authors such as George F. Root, Philip Bliss, Charles H. Gabriel, William Howard Doane, and Fanny Crosby. Gospel music publishing houses emerged. The advent of radio in the 1920s greatly increased the audience for gospel music. Following World War II, gospel music moved into major auditoriums, and gospel music concerts became quite elaborate.

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She was born in Carrollton, Georgia, [1] [3] the third of six children. She attended, and began singing in, Piney Grove Baptist Church, [2] and graduated from Carver High School in Atlanta. [4] [5]

Carrollton, Georgia City in Georgia, United States

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Clarence George Carter is an American blues and soul singer, musician, songwriter and record producer. His most successful records included "Slip Away" (1968), "Back Door Santa", "Too Weak to Fight", "Patches" (1970), and "Strokin'" (1985).

Atlantic Records American record label

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Electronic piano

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After Clarence Carter founded his own label, Future Stars, Alexander continued to record with him, her biggest success coming with "Keep On Searching", which Carter wrote and produced, and which reached # 50 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1974. [1] In 1976 she signed with Chi-Sound, a record label started by Carl Davis (producer of Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl") which was distributed by United Artists Records. [4] [8] She had two minor hits on Chi-Sound in 1977, "It's Worth a Whippin'", produced by Major Lance and Otis Leavill (# 92 R&B), and "Gotta Get A Hold On Me" (# 68 R&B). [1]

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Carl H. Davis, Sr. was an American record producer and music executive, who was particularly active in Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s. He was responsible for hit R&B records by Gene Chandler, Major Lance, Jackie Wilson, The Chi-Lites, Barbara Acklin, Tyrone Davis and others.

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In 1992 she released a gospel album, God Is In Control, on the Soul Potion label. [6] She married John E. Babbs in 1997, and in 2009, as Margie Babbs, was reported as singing at a church in Carrollton, Georgia. She died on March 26, 2013 at the age of 64. [2]




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  2. 1 2 3 Obituary, Margie Babbs, [ permanent dead link ]. Accessed 9 April 2013
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  8. Chi-Sound label discography